Exodus Chapters 7-12



Exodus chapters 7-12 tells us the story of how the children of Israel were freed from 400 years of cruel bondage in the land of Egypt. These chapters give the account of the ten plagues that God sent unto the land of Egypt. The story of the ten plagues reveals to us much about how God works in the hearts of men. This story shows us the power and wisdom of God and the way that God works all things to good. The will of God will be accomplished, the name of God will be magnified and every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father because God is faithful, holy, and true.


The Bible says in Exodus chapter 7:1-7, And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of His land. And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay My hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and My people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch forth Mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them. And Moses and Aaron did as the Lord commanded them, so did they. And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.”


There are two kinds of people in this world: those that resist the will of God and those that submit to God’s will. Pharaoh was a man who resisted God. And it would bring him nothing but suffering. Exodus 7:3 speaks of God hardening Pharaoh’s heart. Romans chapter 9 is speaking of the sovereignty of God and the free will of man.  God uses the Pharaoh as an example to explain these two truths. Romans 9:15 says, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” And Romans 9:18 says, “Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth.” Why is it that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart? What about the principle of the free will of man?


When God has mercy it’s because He has decided to, and when God does not have mercy it’s because He has decided not to have mercy. All mercy which man receives from God is based on Jesus who died for our sins.  Jesus said except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish. God hardened pharaoh’s heart, but He did not harden Pharaoh’s heart until Pharaoh had hardened his own heart. Make sure that in seeking to understand the sovereignty of God and the free will of man, you do not take away from one or the other. Life is about opportunity. The primary opportunity of life is to find forgiveness from our sins and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ, who washed us from our sins in His own blood. Our opportunity to repent is limited by how long we live on this earth, but it is apparently also limited by an unkown amount of times that God will choose to offer His mercy to someone. John 6:44 says, “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” How many opportunities God will give you to repent, I do not know. How many opportunities God gave to Pharaoh is not known either. But Pharaoh had resisted God so many times, that he had thrown away all his opportunities. He had harden His heart so completely, that all pharaoh was fit for any more was for God to harden pharaoh’s heart; that God might use the evil Pharaoh to show His great power and glory.


God said of pharaoh Exodus 9:16, And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee My power; and that My name may be declared throughout all the earth.” Of course God will use all the humans He has given life too, to show His power and to make His name declared throughout all the earth. If you turn from your sins and turn to Jesus then you will benefit from the purposes of God, because you will become joint-heirs with Christ. If you resist God then your fate will be the same as Pharaoh’s, but God will still accomplish His purposes.


There are ten plagues that God cast upon the land of Egypt: the water of the land turned to blood, swarms of frog lice and flies covered the land, the cattle horses and other animals of the Egyptians died, painful boils infested the bodies of the Egyptians, hail rained down upon their land, swarms of locusts ate all that was green, darkness covered the earth for three days, and finally; all the firstborn in the land died. If you take a moment to ponder these ten plagues; you will realize that they were terrible indeed, and that the land of Egypt was left desolate, barren and every family in Egypt suffered greatly; except for those who trusted in the one true living God. All of those who trusted in God did not suffer from any of the plagues.


Despite the horridness of the first nine plagues, the tenth plague, the death of the firstborn was undoubtedly the worst. God was truly indeed showing His power through these ten plagues. Of course God’s work on this earth is primarily the work of freeing people from their spiritual blindness, slavery, and rescuing them from the fires of eternal damnation; by turning people from their sins and turning them to Jesus. The plague of the death of the firstborn was the night of the Passover.


Concerning the Passover the Bible says in Exodus 12:12-13, For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the first born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”  The death of the firstborn and the Passover had a special symbolism to it. The Passover would be a special night for Israel for it was the night they would be redeemed from their physical slavery. But this plague and the Passover more importantly was designed by God to teach Israel and the rest of the world about God’s plan of salvation, because Jesus is the true Passover Lamb. Jesus is the Son of God, the only begotten Son of God and as Romans 8:29 says, The firstborn among many brethren.” John the Baptist certainly understood this and when John saw Jesus, he said in John 1:29 Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”


There may indeed be no greater suffering for a parent than to lose a child especially an only child. But those families who slew a lamb and puts its blood on the posts of their door would not face the plague of God’s judgment. Any suffering that the families of Egypt experienced from this plague of God was just and deserved for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Yet despite the wickedness of man and the judgment that we all deserve for our sins, the Bible says in John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  Have you ever lost a child? Then you know a little about the suffering of Jesus and the great love of God for the souls of men.


Concerning the suffering of Jesus, the Bible says in Isaiah chapter 53:4-7 Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth.”


Life is indeed filled with cruel suffering, disease, war, and death. And it is all because of sin. Suffering is the nature of the world in which we live. God uses all suffering to touch the hearts of men, so that they will turn to Him and receive His love. But there is no one that has suffered the way that Jesus suffered for our sins. Just as the Passover lamb in Exodus chapter 12 died, so that that its blood would spare men from the tenth plague that God sent upon Egypt, Jesus died and shed His blood; so that we might be spared from the judgment of God that is the lake of fire.


There are two kinds of people in this world: those who are like pharaoh and resist the will of God, and those who are like the thief on the cross; who turn from their sins and turn to Jesus. Very soon this world will face a great tribulation not unlike the ten plagues which left the land of Egypt desolate. But this great tribulation will be much worse. Concerning this great seven year period, Jesus said in Luke 21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” Yet even the seven year tribulation is nothing compared to the eternal tribulation of fire and God’s judgment that awaits those who do not repent of their sins. Except ye repent of your sins ye shall all likewise perish.


There is coming a day when the day star will arise; like the sun with its warm rays which wakens to bring light and life to the dawn of each new day. Jesus Christ will very soon return to bring judgment to the evil of this world. But He will also come with healing in His wings, because; worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing.


Today is the day of salvation. But like Pharaoh your opportunity is limited. Don’t resist the will of God and harden your heart. If you do, there is coming a day when God will harden your heart and then you will be nothing more than a vessel fitted for destruction. Jesus said in John 11:25, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. Pray to Jesus right now and He will save you from you sins.





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