Follow Me: Deliverance
Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible
Studying what God did when he delivered his people from Egypt’s oppression is not as beneficial as understanding why. We know God appeared to Moses because he heard the Hebrews groaning in misery and remembered his covenant to give Abraham and his seed an eternal city of justice and equality. God cannot give the Hebrews what he promised Abraham. The “seed” the promises were made to would not be born during Moses lifetime. God’s intent in delivering the Hebrews is to teach all humanity for generations who he is by teaching Pharaoh who is Lord.
Pharaoh denied God’s request for religious liberty. God told his messengers to return and do the first sign God gave Moses that people would believe God sent him. God’s serpent, a symbol of wisdom which should be in every shepherd’s staff, swallowed up the serpents Pharaoh produced. God acknowledged Pharaoh is wise and proved that he is wiser than Pharaoh.
Before the sun rose the next day, God instructed Moses to meet Pharaoh by the river with the rod that turned into a serpent in his hand. If Pharaoh forgot what happened yesterday, the rod reminded him. In sum, God said I have asked you to let my people worship me but you refuse, so I will give you another reason to believe I am Lord.
God turned the waters of the Nile River as well as all the streams, canals, ponds, reservoirs and water in vessels of wood and stone to blood. The Nile would have been sufficient to get his point across. The Egyptians were dependent on the Nile to live. If God had only turned the Nile to blood, a reasonable explanation could have discredited Moses. Someone working with Moses could have contaminated the waters. But how do you explain water turning to blood in vessels of wood and stone?
God left some water for the Egyptians, but they had to dig along the Nile for drinking water. If Pharaoh was greater than Moses’ God he should have changed the blood back to water. Instead he produced more blood.
God remained silent for seven days after turning the waters of Egypt to blood. Allowing plenty of time for messengers from around the nation to report the catastrophe and petition their God, Pharaoh, for help.
 From the time God promised to change Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob and his descendants were addressed as both Jacob and Israel, which can be confusing. In Follow Me: Deliverance, I will use “Hebrews” to identify the children of Jacob.
 All scripture quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.