Exodus 8:16- The Finger of God
Intro: You think that YOU have problems/ Tonight we're going to see a group of people who were PLAGUED by problems
A) The reason that they were plagued by problems is because theyREFUSED to obey the commandments of God
B) God commanded the Egyptians.... Specifically Pharaoh.... to let the Israelites go into the wilderness to worship God
C) Did you realize that the same thing is happening when we resist the
Promptings of the Lord in our Lives -Sin & Hardening hearts
D) But listen to what James said in Ch4: 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
E) We are sinning & hardening our hearts when we simply refuse to do the things God is asking us to do
1) Pharaoh refused to let his workforce go
So the Lord sends TEN PLAGUES upon the Egyptians in order to liberate His people for the purpose of WORSHIPPING & SERVING Hi
A) We have looked at the first two plagues upon Egypt already
B) The first is recorded for us in CHAPTER 7 beginning at Verse 19
ponds, all their pools of water into blood
C)Their source of life was turned into blood & all the fish died and the
D) It took Pharaoh seven days to even ask Moses to remove it !!!!
The second Plague is recorded at the beginning of Chapter 8
God's choice of plagues has been very interesting
A) Turning the water of the Nile into blood was God's way of pronouncing judgement upon Egypt by cutting off their source of life
B) By having Egypt over run by frogs we saw how that which was once asource of pleasure to the Egyptians had become a plague to them
C)Tonight look at the 3rd Plague - Turns the dust into lice – Read v.16-19
Now we see this third plague...... a plague of LICE
A) The very thought of LICE almost makes you itch
They are simply GROSS
beak and then SUCK out your blood
C) They prey on you, multiply on you, live on you and live off of you
D) The interesting thing about this plague is that theEgyptians HATED lice
1)Remember, they deified almost any and every living thing around them
BUT - not lice
E) Lice were hated by the Egyptians So much so that the ancient historian, Heroditus, tells us:
that the priests of Egypt would shave their entire body from head to toe every-other day in order to keep lice from infesting them and thus protect themselves from the pollution of lice.
So when God brought this plague of lice upon them it was a very gross thing to them -
D) But when the magicians were called into the court of Pharaoh
They tried their hand at duplicating this phenomenon
1) But they were UNABLE to do it
E) And When they were unsuccessful, they said to Pharaoh
V. 19This is the finger of God
But When Pharaoh heard this proclamation from HIS OWN magicians, we are toldPharaoh's heart grew hard, & he didn’t heed them,
A) He wouldn't respond to it
B)The finger of God was pointing to the Egyptians and they DID
NOT respond to it
C) The dust being turned into lice reminds us of the world being cursed
ground because of Adam's sin
1) They could doNOTHING to change the curse that was placed upon planet earth
This is the first of several instances in the Scripture where we read of the finger of God
A)The SECOND time that we read of the finger of God is in Exodus 31:18
18 And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.
B)God's finger wrote the very commandments that Moses came down with from Mt. Sinai
that point at you
C) You see, man has this idea that deep inside he is really pretty good
we don't blow it too badly
D)God gave the Law.... written with His own finger..... to dispel the idea
that we are righteous enough to make it into heaven
Rom. 3: 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Gal. 3:2424 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
It is the Law of God which points the finger at you and says that you are going to be judged
C)There, Belshazzar the king of Babylon was throwing a huge party
D) In his drunkenness he commanded that they bring forth from his treasure room thegolden and silver cups that were taken from the Temple in Jerusalem when Babylon conquered the city
E) These cups were HOLY in that they were consecrated to the worship of God
1) As they drank from the cups they praised the gods of silver and gold
D)Then somethingradical happened/ fingers of a mans hand appeared- wrote on the wall
E) This is what was written on the wall:
Dan. 5:25MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
Check out the kings response:
Dan. 5: 6 King Belshazzar was very frightened. His face turned white, his knees knocked together, and he could not stand up because his legs were too weak.
Nobody could understand what the writing meant and they brought Daniel the prophet who gave the interpretation
A) Dan. 5:26 Thou art weighed in the balances, and are found wanting.
B)In other wordsYou have gone too far- God has weighed you in the
balances and you've come up short
C)The finger of god declaring: You are JUDGED
D) So we have three Old Testament instances of the finger of God
Sinai...The Finger of God in Babylon
E) In each of those the finger of God related to JUDGEMENT
But in the N.T. we also have a couple of References to the finger of GodA) First in Lk 11: Where Jesus is seen casting a Demon out of a man
that was deaf & dumb
B)But the Religious leaders who were Jealous of Jesus & His popularity
accused Him of casting out Demons by the Power of Satan
C) Then Jesus made this statement : - 20 "But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Now it that instance the finger of God is equated w/ His Power over Satan forces & Demons
My friends, you are no match for Satan, and when he wants to fight you just run to your elder Brother, who is more than a match for all the devils in hell.
-- D.L. Moody,
The preaching of Christ is the whip that flogs the devil. The preaching of Christ is the thunderbolt, the sound of which makes all hell shake.
-- Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
There is ONE MORE instance in which we see the finger of God
That is found in the John 8/ Story of a woman caught in adultery
Jesus was teaching in the Temple
caught in the act of adultery/ seeking to trick Him
B) They said: "Master, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery"
1) If they were so interested in righteous judgement, where was the man?
John 8:5-6 5"Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?"6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him.
C)Here was the Dilemma - If Jesus said: Stone her".... He would no longer be seen as gracious and merciful
D) If Jesus said: "Let her go"..... they would accuse Him of being a Law breaker and thus unholy
1) They thought that they had Him - But Jesus didn't say a word
John 8:6b But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
Instead With His finger.... the finger of God ..... because He is God..... He began to write in the dust
John 8:7-8 7So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
John 8:9 9Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
C) Jesus then looked at the woman and said
John 8:10 "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one
11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more
Note the Contrast :
A) Thefinger of God through Moses showed JUDGEMENT, but the finger of God seen in Jesus Christ showed JOY
B) TheFinger of God through Moses ... who represents the Law and religion and rules.... showed DEATH
C) The Finger of God through Jesus.... who represents Grace and Mercy.... showed LIFE
D) We have w/ Moses ... the Law.... and LICE
We have Jesus Christ..... Grace..... and LOVE
Everyone of us have a decision to make/Christian and non-Christian alike
A) You can try to keep a set of rules to be right with God
B)IF you try to do that, THEN you will fell thefinger of God
pointing at you to CONDEMN and JUDGE you
1)All have sinned & fallen short of the Glory of God
The Law can only do ONE thing - Condemn
C) OR - You can humble yourself before Jesus Christ
you to come for forgiveness
D) You will here those words - Your sins are forgiven.... Go your way and sin no more
Christians - Be careful
A)May God help you to NEVER subtly go back to the Law
B) Thinking that our RIGHTEOUSNESS before God is based upon our personal devotion and perfomance
1) Going to church... Tithing... Reading.... Witnessing... Ministering... Manifesting spiritual gifts
C) The Word says that we are RIGHTEOUS RIGHT NOW- IN CHRIST
1) God NEVER looks at you apart from the righteousness of Jesus Christ
D) God ALWAYS sees you POSITIONALLY as being in Christ and thus as righteous and holy
Has the Law attached itself to you like LICE that is sucking the life out of you?
A) Don't let the LICE of the Law plague you anymore
B) The Law called LICE out of the dust to plague man
1) Jesus wrote in the same dust a message of love saying:I don't condemn you... go your way and sin no more
C) LIVE for Jesus... LOVE Jesus..... WORSHIP Jesus....
NOT to gain standing with Him
the finger of God's judgement that points at us in the Law
IF you are outside of Jesus Christ tonight , then you have the finger of God pointing at you in judgement
A) But IF you come t Jesus, you will find the finger of God bringing you the JOY of having forgiveness of sin and rightstanding with God
B)Back to Exodus -VERSES 20 - 24
VERSE 21 I will send swarms of flies upon thee
C) FLIES = a swarm of noisy little beasts/ Flies really BUG me
1) Flies are a source of TORMENT aren't they?
D) Check this out – Psalmist writing on this scene declared in
Ps. 78: 45 He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them,
E) They were literally eaten up by these swarming noisy little beasts/ Maybe they were – huge horse flies
Now This could speak of the eternal TORMENT of those who die outside of Jesus
A) Satan’s names is BE-ELZEBUB = Lord of the flies
B) Torment for eternity
C) So Flies were every where !!!!!!
A) Pharaoh offers up a string of compromises 1st sacrifice to your God in the land
B) Where did God tell them to go sacrifice?
In the wilderness
1) This a an attempt at compromise
C) Moses is saying: There is no way that we are going sacrifice sheep here because the Egyptians can not relate to it.... It is totally weird to them
1) The Egyptians said: Don't deal with sheep.... Sheep speaking of Jesus
D)That is exactly what happens to Christians in this Egypt that we live in
"You Christians are CRAZY"
"It's an abomination about how your are talking about blood all of the time"
"Talking about a man slaughtered on a Cross"
"How gross... How bizarre.... How primitive"
28 And Pharaoh said, "I will let you go, that you may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only you shall not go very far away. Intercede for me."
A) Here is another attempt at compromise
B) Satan like Pharaoh never stops at one !!!!!!