Year 2 Day 2
Read - Exodus 7:2-5
Message - Alan Burke
When Moses and Aaron had first gone to Pharaoh they had warned him that “the God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.” (5:3). Moses and Aaron had said this because they had been been worried about the consequences of Pharaoh’s refusal to let them go. Yet through this Pharaoh had been warned albeit unwittingly of the consequences that Egypt itself would face. The Lord God was going to make his power and glory known by bringing his people, the children of Israel out of Egypt. In this God was going to harden the heart of Pharaoh and by his mighty hand perform signs and wonders. Each one of them would be an invitation for the Egyptians to believe in the LORD the God of the Israelites, so that they would indeed know that He alone is God and not false gods like Pharaoh (7:5; 8:10, 22; 9:14, 16, 29; 14:4, 18).
It was not only the Israelites who came to know that the Lord is God indeed but the Egyptians too and some of them left as the people of God for about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children as well as many other people who went up with them (Ex 12:37-38). This was a further fulfilment of God’s promises to Abraham, "In your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice." (Gen 22:18). It would be through Jesus Christ that ultimately this promise to Abraham would be fulfilled but the inclusion of the gentiles began long before his coming. It is the resurrection of Christ, the great act of salvation, whereby God displays once and for all his purpose for humanity. The final result will be that all people in all ages, whether they know the Lord in Christ or not, will acknowledge Him as the one who raised Christ from the dead. For “At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10–11; Isa. 45:23). Egypt witnessed and indeed came to know the work of God, and the the nations have witnessed the gospel of Christ and one day all the world will acknowledges him as Lord. For they will know that the Lord is God.
Finally, if you have your bibles in front of you turn to the book of James 4:6, where we read in chapter four verse six, God opposes the proud, and gives grace to the humble. God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. Pharaoh was a proud man, he was self reliant, he was after all in his own mind god to his people and god of the Israelites, he was filled with a sense of his own importance. Those who are proud are like pharaoh, they are much less than they imagine they are. Whereas the humble are much more like Moses than they may seem. The proud will be humbled by God but all who humble themselves before the Lord will be exalted, they will be saved saved (James 4:10). How do you humble yourself before God, acknowledge God as Lord, obey as servant, knowing that it is in Christ Alone though faith alone that you have salvation, for there is but one way, Jesus Christ.
Q 20 Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?
God having, out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, (Eph. 1:4) did enter into a (covenant of grace), to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer. (Rom. 3:20–22, Gal. 3:21–22)