Exodus 8 to 10 God has His ways to get our attention. Recently there have been fires, some natural and some intentional but the result is the same; the land is devastated and the animals, people, and businesses suffer. God allows some and some He purposes just as He did in Egypt.
The Israelites needed to learn obedience, submission, and trust in a God that they only had heard about but had, for 400 yrs. not seen His evidentiary hand. The Egyptian Pharaoh needed to learn that he was not God. Through these plagues, the Israelites would see how God treats His own children apart from unbelievers. God’s purpose was to show His strength and that His name might be declared in all the earth.
One thing we can learn from these plagues is that it takes only one man to alter a nation’s rise or fall. Just like in Egypt the counselors advised, after seeing the evidence, that the land and the nation were being destroyed by the finger of God. But, Pharaoh hardened his heart to the cries of the people and God.
When Moses asked Pharaoh when he should ask for the removal of the frogs he answered tomorrow. Why not today? Why tomorrow? Men’s hearts are cold and hard and yet God is merciful as He provides time after time a way for them to bow the knee to Him. Know this, Pharaoh and others who refuse to bow the knee now will find themselves bowing the knee and confessing that God is God alone.
What does God need to do for you to submit to Him? Learn from Pharaoh.
The theme of Hebrews is to persevere in and for the faith because Christ is superior. Point to consider: Written to 2nd generation believers who are admonished to know that we are all one in Christ; that Christ is superior and to Him alone we are to focus. In this first chapter the author, who is an unknown, reveals to us succinctly who He is and why He is to be worshiped and not the angels as was occurring within the first century. Thus the author brings his audience back to the basics of why that is not God’s plan. He gives us in just the first 4 verses seven characteristics of who Jesus is that we might bow the knee in total reverence and humility.
He is the heir and yet He is God
He is the heir and yet He is Creator
He is the radiance of God’s glory
He is the manifestation of God in flesh
He is the Word by which He sustains all things
He accomplished cleansing for sin
He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High
As we read these 7 fully complete characteristics of our Savior, we recall these words of Jesus to Philip. John 14:8-11 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be content.” Jesus replied, “Have I been with you for so long, and you have not known me, Philip? The person who has seen me has seen the Father! How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? but if you do not believe me, believe because of the miraculous deeds themselves.’
If you believe Jesus was the incarnate revelation of God, ponder these words and rejoice that we know Him, walk with Him, and one day will reign with Him. Have you been with the Savior today?