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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

“There Will Be Blood”

Exodus 7:1-7

What is important to see in this passage is that God is in no way fazed by the issues and objections which Moses continues to raise.  In Moses’ eyes God has done nothing for his people.  Moses himself has no self-confidence (“why would Pharaoh listen to me?” Ex. 6:30). Moses however is looking at all this through very human eyes.  From that perspective the situation of the Israelites appears basically hopeless.

God’s perspective not surprisingly is very different.  God has a clear plan that he is following.  It is important to note that God is not asking Moses for his opinion.  One of the lessons to be learned here is that Israel’s deliverance will be an action of God.  It will in no sense be dependent on Moses, Aaron, the people of Israel or Pharaoh.

God makes it clear that he will free the slaves.  However he will do it in such a way that both the Egyptians and the Hebrews will know the Lord.  God will harden Pharaoh’s heart.  This is a judgment on Pharaoh.  His refusal from the outset now indicates that even when he wants to repent, God will harden his heart.  This may seem disconcerting to us.  Yet we have to recognize that we dare not take God lightly.  It is not the case that we can come to God whenever we want.  If we resist God’s call, God is perfectly justified in condemning us.  When Moses and Aaron first came to Pharaoh, Pharaoh mockingly asked, “Who is the Lord?” (Ex. 5:2).  His question will be answered but not in the way he anticipates.

The key fact about Moses and Aaron is now they are prepared to do whatever the Lord asks them to do.  The excuses, doubts and complaints are over.  The deliverance of Israel is at hand.  We need to recognize that God’s timetable for events is not up to us.  God has his own plan.  Our responsibility is to be faithful to whatever task God has called us.

Moses and Aaron are in their eighties.  We don’t know if these numbers are symbolic or if their reckoning of years was different from ours (based on a lunar calendar rather than a solar one).  In any event they are older figures at this point.  However with the Lord age doesn’t matter.  Whatever our age, young and old, there’s a place for us in his service.

Gracious and loving God may I learn obedience to you.  Give me the grace to follow whatever commands you place before me.  I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.