April 11, 2022
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Day 100: Journey Through the Bible in a Year
Focus Verses for Today: Exodus 7:22-23; 8:8,15,19,25,32
Take some time to ask the Lord to reveal His true meaning of today’s journey through Exodus. Read Exodus 5-8. Let’s journey!
Commentary: Moses and Aaron have their first meeting with Pharaoh, who is not the same pharaoh that banished Moses. Even though God is on their side, the meeting does not go well with Pharaoh and the hardships of the Israelites are increased and mocked! A second meeting, which includes a demonstration of God’s power, is also unproductive in freeing the Israelites. The remainder of today’s reading covers the first four plagues that the Lord sent upon Egypt: turning water into blood, frogs, lice or gnats, and bloodsucking flies. Notice that beginning with the fourth plague, God’s chosen people are spared from the disasters of the plagues.
At first, Pharaoh’s magicians could duplicate the plagues produced by Aaron and Moses, through God. However, beginning with the plague of gnats, the magicians could no longer duplicate the plagues. Nor did the magicians have any control over the plagues started by God. Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron, asking them to pray to the God of Israel to remove the plague of frogs, gnats, and flies. Pharaoh promised to let the Israelites leave Egypt to make sacrifices to the God of Israel once the plagues ceased. Moses prayed, asking for the plagues to be removed and God removed the plagues. Pharaoh went back on his word and refused to let the Israelites leave Egypt to make sacrifices to the God of Israel.
Focus Verses: Exodus 7:22-23; 8:8,15,19,25,32 – Examine Pharaoh’s reaction to the plagues, and his reaction once the suffering is removed. Have you ever acted in a similar manner when the Lord is trying to teach you a lesson? Have you called out to God in a time of need and then abandoned Him when the problem was resolved?
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