Game Changer

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 8:1-15[2]

Eleven days had elapsed since Pharaoh declined Moses and Aaron’s request to worship their God in the wilderness saying, “Who is the Lord that I should obey him…?” He now knows the Hebrew’s God is Lord. He also knows that he needs God’s help.

Moses asked an odd question and received an odd answer. When do you want me to pray the frogs will be removed? Pharaoh said, “Tomorrow.” Pharaoh’s request left himself and all of his people in misery one more day. Why? Why wait until tomorrow for relief when we can have relief today?[3]

The plague of frogs added to the knowledge God is giving to Pharaoh. God deals with us according to our word, that we may know “there is no one like the Lord our God.” Pharaoh wanted relief tomorrow and that is what he got, but tomorrow’s deliverance will stink! The heaps of decaying dead frogs left a stench in the land of Egypt.

When Pharaoh saw his frog problem was resolved, he reneged on his promise to let the Hebrews worship their God. God responded by giving Pharaoh one more reason to believe that the Hebrews God is Lord and there is no one like him. The next day, at God’s command, Aaron strikes the dust of the land with his rod and it becomes lice on man and beast.

The religious leaders are called for an emergency meeting. They could make more blood and more frogs but failed to make more lice. At this point both the water and food supplies have been tainted, there is no way to escape the stench of dead frogs and they are covered with lice. The religious leaders march into Pharaoh’s throne room and confirm what Pharaoh already knows. “This is the finger of God.”

This is also a game changer. Pharaoh’s question, “Who is the Lord that I should obey him?” has been answered. When a person knows to do good and does not do it, it becomes sin.[4] “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.”[5]

Again Pharaoh denied the request to let the Hebrews worship their God. His actions are without excuse. He knows God and he knows there is no one like him, yet he does not glorify him as God or give thanks to him. Pharaoh thinks he is wise but he is just another fool.[6]

[1] 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.

[2] All scripture quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] 2 Corinthians 6:2

[4] James 4:17

[5] Romans 1:18-19

[6] Romans 8:21-22

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of the Westbank Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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