Today, Gary taught on Exodus. The story of Exodus is an amazing story of God who chastens after a people who are held in bondage by Egypt. God calls Moses to be an Ambassador for God and lead the people out of Egypt to a promise land God would lead them to. The section we were studying was the plagues of Egypt against Pharaoh and the people of Egypt. Throughout the story, we see Pharaoh harden his heart towards God. By the end of the plagues, God finishes the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart, even after the death of the first-born sons of Israel. The Israelites put blood from a lamb on their doorposts to protect their sons. Pharaoh loses his son and allows the people of Israel to leave. This is a quick snapshot of the narrative we read.
It is interesting to note that God, in the first two chapters of Exodus seems to be silent when the Israelites are in need of being free. For two chapters, we rarely see God visible in the text. He seems to be distant, unaware of all that is going on. It is not until the last three verses of chapter two God intervenes. When God does show up, how do we receive Him? When we feel as though all hope is gone and we are left to fend for ourselves, and God mysteriously shows up, do we welcome Him, as we should? Do we obey His words when He speaks to us a message that is hard to receive? I wonder if we really believe God would show up in the first place.
God does show up though. He speaks loud and clear. He makes Himself known. There are no excuses. I truly believe that is what I need to continually meditate on this week. Even when it seems God is not listening, God is there, and He answers in His time.
There is a whole subject matter concerning the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart that I will not get into. It is a constant battle of the minds to understand all that is going on. The only thing I will say is ultimately, God is active in all things. Check out the beginning chapters where God shows up. It is truly an amazing story to read.