Category Archives: Exodus

Pharaoh’s First Words

“Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’”
Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” – Exodus 5:1-2

These are the first words the Pharaoh of the exodus says in the book of Expdus. In Egypt, Pharaoh is omnipotent. At least, that is how the thinking is supposed to go. The reality is, Pharaoh is nothing. He has no power, no authority, no position other than what YHWH allows and YHWH is about to call his loan and Pharaoh is about to find out he is upside down. Pharaoh’s question takes several chapters to truly be answered. 10 plagues later and one first born son less and through his rage and his tears Pharaoh has his answer. He is dealing with the God who is over all other supposed gods. In striking down the firstborn, YHWH has killed the next in line for Egyptian divinity. In doing so, God has answered Pharaoh’s question and Pharaoh now must realize that he no longer and honestly never really had unrestrained power.

Who is the Lord?

It is a very important question. I would much rather that question be answered as God did for Moses at the burning bush than the answer God gave Pharaoh through the plagues. At the burning bush, God told Moses who He was and it was all rooted in God’s covenant faithfulness to Abraham’s descendants.

Who is the Lord?

It is a question people ask today and like Moses, we need to be ready to give an answer to those who ask it. Some, like Pharaoh, will have a harder time than others submitting to God and letting go of their faux sovereignty.

Who is the Lord?

He is the one we worship. He is the one who delivers us from our bondage and oppression, exalting the humbled. He is the one who rights the wrongs and humbles the proud.

Who is the Lord?

He is no regional god of the Hebrews, limited in space and time to a particular plot of ground or dot on the map. He is not a god of the sun or of the cattle or of the Nile. He is Lord of heaven and earth. So let us worship Him and trust Him in all things. Let us be delivered from those things that enslave us and be brought into a land of plenty where we can worship Him without hindrance.

YHWH is the Lord and He is faithful.

God’s Plan Often Involves Using Us to Participate in the Solution: Our Excuses and God’s Reply

I have been studying through Exodus over the last week or so and I have been struck by how God interacts with the world to bring about His sovereign will. The first thing you notice in Exodus is that God is very interested in the happenings on this world. God hears the cry of theContinue Reading

Moses: A Man of Three Worlds & What that Teaches us about How God Equips Leaders

Moses is one of the most intriguing people in the Bible. Your footnote in Exodus 2:10 most likely associates his name with “drawing out” just as Moses was drawn out of the Nile river. That isn’t the whole story of his name. His name isn’t Hebrew. It is Egyptian and it means “to beget” andContinue Reading

What it Takes to get on the path toward meaningful outreach

I just posted this over at Wineskins and invite you to give it a read. I think we have some real issues to overcome here and am confident we will get over this, Resurrecting Evangelism…Calling a Kingdom of Priests. Let me know what you think and pass it along if you think it is helpful!

For Everyone Series Goes OT

Just noticed on Amazon that the For Everyone Series made popular by N.T. Wright’s series on the New Testament is starting on the Old Testament. I have no idea how I missed this as it looks like Genesis came out in 2010. John Goldingay is authoring this series. Here is what they have out soContinue Reading

The Intersection of Worship and Real Life

I have been reflecting on the connection between worship and real life and I was thinking about two passages in particular. In both of these passages of scripture there is a real event that God works through that results in people singing God’s praises. The first is in Exodus 15, the Song of the Sea.Continue Reading

Sinai, Tabernacle, and Temple

I got an email a few weeks ago that got me looking at Nahum Sarna’s commentary on Exodus (which is a great read if you haven’t had a look at it). I was struck by what he said regarding the similarities between Sinai, the tabernacle and the temple. He says that the Hebrews first bigContinue Reading

Discipline and Grace – Two Sides of the Same Coin

In Exodus 32 the Hebrews made a crucial mistake. In their impatience for God to act they made an idol to represent the “gods who brought them out of Egypt” and they worshiped it. Needless to say God was none too happy. Instantly He knew exactly what had happened and threatened to destroy them (32:10).Continue Reading

Exodus Came Before Sinai

When I was a kid I remember learning about the ten commandments. When we studied the ten commandments we always started with Exodus 20:3, “You will have no other gods before me.” We never started back a verse where God said, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out ofContinue Reading

Sabbath and Trust

People typically think of the Sabbath as a command not to work. It really went deeper than that. The point was, if they weren’t working and things were provided for they realized that God was still at work in their lives. That requires trust. No matter how talented or amazing we think we are thereContinue Reading

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