Pages

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Exodus 7: First Plague - Waters turned to blood

Good morning all and a special welcome to my newest followers!  Glad to have you with us.  I forgot to mention yesterday that this week we are trying to memorise Psalm 77 verses 13 and 14:

[13] "Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?
[14] Thou art the God that doest wonders: Thou hast declared Thy strength among the people."

V5.  "...the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord..."
God had reasons for everything He did and He still does.  Dear Christian, please do not think that things happen by chance or by luck.  This would suggest that there is no order or that no one is in control.  The Lord God Jehovah created this world and He has all things under His guidance and control.  God gives man choices and sometimes allows certain things to happen; He is not a tyrant imposing His will on us, but He allows us to choose whether to follow Him or to follow the devil and then we must take the consequences.  God's aim is to let people know that He is indeed the Lord.  We need to understand that life is not all about us...it is in fact about God.  He is the Creator who must be honoured and glorified.  We are simply the created beings who must bring Him this honour.  Even the great and mighty Pharaoh had to acknowledge that God is the Lord.



Isn't it interesting that God uses the river Nile as the focus of His first plague?  It was here that the little babies murdered at Pharaoh's command were thrown - a reminder to Pharaoh and his people that God saw what had happened.  Also, Egypt very much relied on the Nile as its main source of water for agriculture.  The yearly flooding of the Nile was the most important factor in ensuring that a good harvest.  It was also an important trade route - travel on the river by boat was the easiest way to get around.  The Egyptians really depended on this river and now, because of Pharaoh's stubbornness in not heeding the Lord's command, God sends a punishment.  Does Pharaoh care, though?  No, not at all.  He heads back into his house and shows no care about the goings on. As long as he's OK.  He became harder of heart and more stubborn while his people suffered.

Aaron cast down his rod and it became a serpent and Pharaoh's magicians did the same.  The devil uses lots of tricks to try and prove he's just as good as the Lord but he isn't, because in the end, Aaron's serpent swallowed up all the other ones.  No matter how strong and powerful the devil may seem to us at times, always remember that the Lord is ultimately the most powerful and He will always defeat the devil.  Since the fall in the Garden of Eden it has always been a battle between the devil and the Lord, between evil and good.  The devil uses people to bring about his plans (as he did with Pharaoh) and the Lord protects and blesses those who follow Him.
If you are discouraged today or if there is something or someone getting you down, tell the Lord about it and allow Him to work in a mighty way.  In the end He will swallow up all death and sin and we will have the victory.  Trust Him!

Prayer matters: pray for patience when the Lord seems to be delaying in working things out for your good.

Hugs Karen x

3 comments:

  1. Thanks Mrs Murray. I look forward to reading tomorrow's blog. God bless

    ReplyDelete
  2. Karen, these words are the balm I needed to hear today. The Lord is using you in a mighty way! X

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Lynne, I'm so glad you're being helped and blessed.
      I really want the Lord to get all the glory through this blog. Many blessings, Karen x

      Delete