Friday, 16 January 2015

Exodus 10: Locusts and darkness

Good evening, friends. Can you believe we are one quarter of the way through Exodus already?!

Ever since the beginning of chapter 5 of Exodus, there has been a long-running battle between Pharaoh and the Lord. Pharaoh wouldn't even acknowledge God's existence at first but now he has come a bit further by recognizing that, yes, He does exist, but He won't tell me what to do. Moses is just the messenger and every time Pharaoh sent him away in anger, it was really the Lord he was rejecting.  Perhaps you have been trying to witness to someone, maybe a family member or a friend at work? But they want nothing to do with the message you bring. They want you to go away and leave them alone. Try not to take this personally, because really it's not you, but the Lord, that they are rejecting.

Pharaoh has set himself up against the Lord.  Pharaoh represents the devil and his evil will and Moses represents the Lord's holy will. In life, we always follow one path or the other - good or evil; Satan or the Lord. The crux of this whole matter is that Pharaoh has refused to humble himself before God.  These chapters are not so much about Pharaoh not letting God's people go; it's more than that.  It's about Pharaoh being filled with pride and not wanting to yield to the Lord in obedience. We are the same today - the choices we make are either for God or for self, the devil and the world. There is a constant attack by the devil as he seeks to devour the souls of men. Whose side are you on? Have you humbled yourself before a holy God or are you still struggling to be in control of your life, doing it your own way?

Pharaoh was, as king, regarded as a son of the Egyptian sun god, Ra. However when it came to the plague of darkness that the Lord sent throughout the whole land (except Goshen, where the Hebrews were), Pharaoh was weak and helpless against the power of God. All God's people had light in their dwellings. In John 8:12 we read, "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." If you're a saved and redeemed person, isn't it wonderful to know that whatever difficulty you may be going through just now or are about to go through, there is light in your heart because of Christ? You don't walk in darkness. You may not be able to see the way ahead at the minute, but the Lord can see; He will hold your hand and guide you through. He will shine the light of His glorious Word into your heart to bring you comfort. Trust Him with your fears and worries and He will see you through.

Here's a lovely Gospel song to encourage you; not modern but the words are good.

I hope you have a good weekend.  See you back here on Monday for Exodus 11.

Hugs Karen x

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