Exodus 9:1-35 Dont Mess around w/ the Lord
Intro: The Writer of Heb. Declared that It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
A)Hands Crush or Caress depending upon your Relationship to Him
1)We have been studying a section of Scripture that deals w/ the Crushing
of the Nation of Egypt & the Hard heart of its leader Pharaoh
B) It is interesting to Note that thereare 4 great ERAS of miracles in the
Bible 3 have already transpired One is yet to come
C) TheFirst Era of Miracles came in the days that we are studying about
here Came during the time & through the Ministry of Moses
D) And the 3rd was when Jesus walked on Planet earth as the God Man!!!!!
One Era yet remains / it is in the Future when God is going to Visit this Earth & those left upon it w/ a series of Devastating Judgements
Several things I want to Draw your Attention to as we work our way through this Chapter tonight Prepare us to receive Communion
1st - There is a set time of God Judgement v.5 &14
14 "for at this timeI will send all My plagues to your very heart, and on your servants and on your people, that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth.
Listen Peter 2 Peter 3:1-10
So Just as these Plagues came upon Egypt at an appointed time so too the Judgement coming upon the World appointed time
Now the Plague on the Cows was really a hit on Egyptian Idolatry Idols in image of Cows -
In the 2nd plague mentioned in this Chapter Boils we learn some other things about Gods Judgements
A second thing we see here is that sometimes God Punishes by Physical Suffering Boils everywhere swelling oozing Puss
B) I rarely get sick Few times ( Life out of Kilter God laid me up)
C)But another way that this works is that Bible declares that you reap
what you sow Law of Sowing & Reaping
D)Our nation right now
Did you KnowOne out of five Americans now suffers from a sexual disease. 56 million people in the United States are infected with a sexually transmitted disease, & more than 1/2 of those sufferers have sexual diseases that are incurable.
US News & world report / research team revealed there are over 22 million people living w/ aids world wide . ( That they know of )
The World Health Organization has proclaimed AIDS the world's fastest-spreading epidemic. They estimate that more than 6,000 people are infected each day.
By the year 2000, the cumulative total of HIV infections in men, women and children around the world will be 30-40 million.
Now here is something that is interesting about these boils notice Moses was to take Ashes from THE FURNANCE
Read v. 13-26
A) Now here we see the Longsuffering of the Lord toward sinners
Now we also see the Purpose of God w/ Pharaoh -16 "But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.
Dan. 4: 33 That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles' feathers and his nails like birds' claws. And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation.
Been said Exalt yourself under the mighty hand of God & you will be Humbled - but if You Humble yourself You will be exalted
Note v. 19-21 the Purpose of God for Your Life will be Determined right here -
V. 27-34 Note 2 more things
1st v. 34 Servants follow their leader
2nd thing We see in Pharaoh the marks of an Unrealistic repentance
1) There was a recognition of sin !!!!! v.27 I .sinned&We are wicked
2)There was a realization of the Greatness of God v. 27The Lord is Righteous
3)There was a Promise to Repent to Change his attitude & direction v.28 This is enough I will let you go
4) But here is where it broke down the clincher there was no Hatred of his Sin
Many People like this : Sorry / say Change / Acknowledge God / But when it comes down to it they dont Change because they love their sin
Guys There is a Judgement coming upon the earth that is going to make these plagues look like Picnic
B)All that matters have we Heeded the Lords Word
Rom.10: 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.
13 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."