Today you should read: Exodus 10
The saga continues…Pharaoh is stubborn and God is relentless in showing His power. Some people will never learn! Pharaoh is a liar and constantly goes back on his word. He tries to entice Moses to compromise, saying “worship God if you will, but don’t leave Egypt to do it”, then “you can go, but don’t go far”, then “the men can go but women and children must stay here”, et cetera. All of these are compromises on what God commanded Moses to do. Some of Pharaoh’s reasoning even seems reasonable, but it’s not our job to determine what is reasonable – it is our job to obey God precisely.
I love Moses’ reply in verse 26: “Our livestock too shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind!”
Compromise is the beginning of the end. Don’t do it.
Verse 2 gives us further insight into why God allowed all of these occurrences and why He didn’t make Pharaoh obey from the beginning. As we learned already this week, one reason was to show His glory. Verse 1-2 give us another reason: “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may perform these signs of Mine among them, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son, and of your grandson, how I made a mockery of the Egyptians and how I performed My signs among them, that you may know that I am the LORD.”
Tell your children and grandchildren. God wants us to talk of Him in our homes and teach our kids about Him. Do you have a plan for this? What do you want your kids to leave home with? In what ways will you equip them? Here are some things for you to think about today:
1. Talk to them about the work of God in your life
2. Teach them about the Word of God and its impact on your family
3. Take them along with you in serving the world for God
Deuteronomy says it this way in chapter 6:6-9:
“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
What an awesome privilege we have to show our children the work of God in our lives! How can you show Him off today?
Posted by: Tim Parsons