1) God empowered Mose to speak to pharaoh in his behalf.
2) God was showing Israel that he is their Deliverer, and a God that they can depend on, and turn too in times of need.
3) God can use the mighty for his glory.
Time after time God gave Pharoah the opportunity to let Israel (His people) go, but time after time Pharoah continued to harden his heart and refused to do what he said he would do by letting God’s people go.
As I read these passages, it is a mirror to how we are today… God instructs us on what He wants us to do and we harden our hearts (refuse) and God continues to give us opportunities to do right (follow His instructions).
The mightiness of God is also shown, when he destroys (brings plagues) on everything is Egypt, but does not harm the city where His people were.
Gods provision & protection: Moses staff becomes a serpent & plagues destroyed ppl. & livestock. God protected His ppl & their livestock from these plagues.
I continued my study with Leviticus 11. My immediate “Note to Self” is that I am going to need to table this particular chapter and come back around to it as I come upon other scriptures later. I need to understand the complete crossover from the meats considered clean and unclean to all being considered clean–which is how we currently live. So I am tabling this particular takeaway right now.
My other takeaway, however, is that we don’t put as much value on what we consume/put into our bodies as we should. God’s Word in verses 44-45 was: “For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” From the beginning, being in union with Him–holy as He is holy–was about more than outward obedience. And, though this itself is not “new” insight, I do now feel that we have done ourselves a generational disservice by not going deep enough with it when we teach about inward obedience. Our inward unity with God is not just limited to us guarding our mind/hearts, it goes even further to us guarding all of our inward parts by being diligently watchful of what we consume/eat. Taking consideration for what we eat before we eat it was so important to God, that He categorized choosing our foods wisely–“eat this not that”–as an act of holiness. Maybe that’s why there are so many diseases and dysfunctions related to our food choices…we [as generations of people] are not as holistic nor “holy-stic” as we once were…I don’t know, but it is definitely something I’ll be thinking more about.
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