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His plan for His glory

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church about 1 month ago | 2707 views Link: https://goo.gl/43Kvxj

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

As we reach Exodus 10, the LORD has brought a number of plagues on Egypt because of Pharaoh’s refusal to release the children of Israel from bondage.  Egypt has endured water becoming blood, frogs, lice, flies, diseased livestock, boils, and hail.  But the LORD informed Moses that He had hardened Pharaoh’s heart and the hearts of his servants.  He then gave Moses a reason for doing so.

God said to Moses that the reason was “that I may show these signs of Mine among them, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, that you may know that I am the LORD.” 

The entire story, from beginning to end, reveals to us God’s grand plan of deliverance, with the deliverance of Israel from bondage picturing our deliverance from sin for the glory of God.

As part of His sovereign plan, God told Moses before he went to Pharaoh that He would harden Pharaoh’s heart.  At our point in chapter 10, He told Moses that He would show signs and wonders before Pharaoh and Israel would see them.  For Pharaoh and his people, the signs would be harsh and would eventually wear them down so that they would drive Israel away rather than turning to their God.

But the signs to Israel would cause them to look to God and know that He is LORD.  He wanted them to be able to tell to their children for generations to come of the LORD’s great deliverance.  Much later, when Moses was advising his people in Deut 6, he said, “When your son asks you in time to come, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statures and the rules that the LORD our God has commanded you?’ then you shall say to your son, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt.  And the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.  And the LORD showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all His house hold, before our eyes.  And he brought us out from there, that He might bring us in and give us the land that He swore to give to our fathers.  And the LORD commanded us to do all these statures, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as we are this day.’”

Moses wanted the people of Israel to be able to tell their children of the LORD’s grand plan to save His people.  He reminded them again of the LORD’s great signs and wonders that pointed them to God’s power and greatness.  It was for their good, but ultimately for God’s glory.  God’s work is ultimately for His glory. 

We don’t normally see the same kinds of signs and wonders they saw, but we see all around us every day the majesty of God and experience His goodness to us far beyond our deliverance from sin.  May we be as faithful as Moses in telling of His goodness to our children and grandchildren.  May we pass along, as we have opportunity, the greatness and goodness of our God.  May we know fully that our God is LORD.  Having that knowledge is for His glory.

Dale

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Chad Morgan

Amen. Oh that we may be men and women that  leave a legacy of devotion to Christ to our children and beyond. I think of Billy Graham and the legacy that he has left on his family. With his sons proclaiming Christ crucified to the world and even his grandchildren taking the message of Christ to the uttermost places of the world. What a legacy of devotion to Christ that he set for his family. Again, may we all strive to tell of and model the goodness of Christ to our families!

Donna Dean

Amen!

Larry Dean

Amen, Dale. For HIS glory!

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