I Will Pass over You

READ : Exodus 11-13 Nine plagues struck Egypt and still Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let Israel go. One more plague was to strike, but before this Israel was given instructions regarding the Passover meal. It was to be a family affair. There was to be unleavened bread, since leaven apparently symbolized sin. Likewise, there was to be bitter herbs, symbolizing the bitterness of the slavery of Egypt. But the main course was a lamb. They were not …

Hard Hearts

READ : Exodus 8-10 Again and again we read of Pharaoh hardening his heart. We need to realize that the Bible teaches we were born with hearts as hard as stone. Only by the gracious work of the Holy Spirit, the work of regeneration, are our hearts soft and submissive to God. Let us realize that were it not for the grace of God our hearts would be as hard as that of Pharaoh, and that we would suffer tragic …

No One Said it Would Be Easy

READ : Exodus 5-7 Moses’ attempt to do what God wants runs into stiff resistance on the part of Pharaoh. He has an arrogant attitude toward Moses but also toward God. There are people like that today. From this biblical story, we see that such people are in big trouble. How do frail human beings dare rebel against Almighty God. Yet they do. Let us be sure we are not one of them. Things often get worse before they get …

God Calls Moses

READ : Exodus 1-4 Exodus is the book that contains the great event of the Old Testament: God’s deliverance of his people from the slavery of Egypt. In a sense, the book of Genesis is a prelude preparing us for this event. The Egyptians forget the great blessing Joseph, the Israelite, had been to them. They see his family, which has now grown into a great nation, as a threat instead of an opportunity to enrich their land. They engage …

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

READ : Genesis 48-50 As Jacob nears the end of his life, he looks back and speaks of “the God who has led me all my life long to this day” (48:15 RSV). God is always willing to lead us in ways that are good for us. The only question is, are we ready to follow? It is good to look back and gratefully see the loving hand of God in all that has happened to us. It is even …