He is all I need
(the story of the exodus)
Exodus 4:1-9 God proves Himself to Moses in frightening ways
How often do we expect God to prove Himself to us? As if His word was not true, we are often best described by Jesus's words in Mark 8:12-21 and Mark 9:19. Often we try to have faith, we know in our hearts that Gods word is true ands we can trust Him but our minds tend to mess things up, we and oftentimes those around us use "reason" to avoid using faith.
Here we see though that when God shows up and wants you to know who He is, He does so in a way that is unforgettable!
Look closer at the things God used to show Moses His power
a. A snake vs 2-5, b. then leprosy vs 6, c. then healing vs 7, that sequence of events reminds me of a. The fall of man Genesis 3 b. the sinful condition of man Romans 6:23, and c. Jesus Christ cleansing believers from all sin 1st John 1:7 "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
Exodus 4:10-15 Mans inability can be overcome by God
Jeremiah 1, and The burning bush are two of the most well known instances of men informing God that they are unable to complete the task He has assigned them, and Gods response to both
Jeremiah 1:8,19 Exodus 3:12
I will be with thee
God's command to every Christian in what is called the "great commission" is also a great task, just as Jeremiah and Moses were given, but guess what, God knows your heart and mine and before we could even tell God, I'm just one man, I'm not important enough, I'll never be great for you, He gave us that same exact promise that He gave to Moses, Jeremiah, and many others that "I will be with thee" Matthew 28:18-20
Knowing these things the thought can no longer be, I'm just one person, I'm not important, I'll never do great things for God, because every time man brought those concerns to God, He replied I will be with you, and they became great leaders for God, the question is not do you believe you have the power, it is do you believe God has the power? Matthew 28:18
Exodus 5:1-12:51 The plagues
"For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD."
Just before the final plague God declares that He will execute judgment upon the gods of Egypt, the following it a list of the plagues complete with what Egyptian god or goddess they attacked.
Bloody Water, Nilus, Nilus was considered the sacred river god.
Frogs, Hekt, Hekt was the goddess of reproduction.
Lice, Seb, Seb was considered the god of the earth.
Flies, Khephera, The sacred scarab.
Murrain, Apis, and Hathor, the sacred bull and cow.
Boils, Typhon, the evil eye god.
Hail, Shu, the god of the atmosphere.
Locusts, Serapis, the god Serapis was the protector from locusts.
Darkness, Ra, the sun god.
Death, Ptah, the god of life.
In all these plagues we learn many lessons, the most obvious of which could be how much it can take to soften a hardened heart (Pharaoh) or how desperately man tries to fight God (pharaohs sorcerers), How viciously God will fight for His people (the final plague), or how patient God is with even the most wicked men (the fact there there were ten plagues, not one), we can also see how that God used the entire experience to show His children His power. It is also very important to note that in the final plague the children of Israel were not automatically protected, but had to apply the blood of the lamb to their doors, a clear picture of Jesus Christ's blood covering our sins and justifying us.
Hard hearts (Hebrews 3:7-8)
Rebelling against God (Romans 1:18-32, 5:8-10)
Gods just wrath (John 3:36, Ephesians 5:6, Romans 1:18)
Gods patience (2nd Peter 3:9)
Gods power (Hebrews 1:3, 1st Corinthians 6:14)
The Blood (John 3:16-18, Hebrews 9:22, Romans5:9, Galatians 1:16, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Colossians 1:20, Hebrews 9:12, Hebrews 13:12, 1st John 1:7)
These are just a few of the many lessons the true account of the 10 plagues can teach us, your assignment this week is to find and explain two more "lessons" you believe this story teaches us.