The 5 Things That I Learned From The Ancient Egyptians (Part 4)
We see in our text that Moses began to beseech God for the lack of support from the Pharaoh to let Israel go. So the plagues began to come from God and attack the Egyptians. Then we see the response of the Egyptians (A Type Of The World) towards the Hebrews (A Type Of The Children Of God) when God begins to move. How will this turn out? What lesson will we learn today from the Ancient Egyptians?
IV. THEY WERE NOT WILLING TO COMPLETELY SURRENDER TO THE WORD OF GOD!
“Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the Lord, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the Lord. And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only? And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word:that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the Lord our God. And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only.”
A. They Were Shown Mercy
The Pharaoh and his court experienced the movement of God in their lives according to His word and they didn’t like it. However, when God moved, they begged and pleaded for mercy. The Egyptians didn’t respect God nor did they recognize Him as a deity until He moved against them.
Spiritually, we will never really respect God until He, unfortunately, shows Himself as God. How quick we are to see God as a person in charge when He moves upon us in judgement. When God begins to show mercy unto us, because He is good, we blow it off saying “Well, I got through that one again”. The very thing that God uses to show us that He loves us, is the very thing that people fail to see. Mercy! Because people see mercy as weakness, they attribute this characteristic to God as He has forgotten. God’s mercy is a gift to all but is not to be taken as a sign of weakness. Just because God hasn’t pulled out the switch, doesn’t mean that He doesn’t know where the tree is. Do you ONLY call out to God when the bad times come? When He restores you, do you return back to the same condition as before? Do you neglect His mercy or do you accept His mercy?
B. There Wasn’t Any Lasting Consequences Of Disobedience
The Egyptians were accustomed to a specific behavior when it came to worship. They believed that their sins would be forgiven if they brought a sacrifice into it’s presence. So when the Hebrews brought this news of an invisible God to them, there was nothing to look upon and try to corrupt. This is why the Pharaoh kept asking Moses to pray for Him to take away the plagues. He saw Moses as a god and the spokesperson to the Living God. However, The Egyptians didn’t see the consequences to their unbelief, disobedience nor their contempt. So they kept repeating this behavior and even though God made the plagues worse and worse, they saw it as coincidence and probably knew that they had gods in their back pocket.
In our lives spiritually, we adopt the same mentality. When we sin against God, we believe that we must “DO or SAY” something in order to be forgiven. You can say a trillion prayers and give your salary for the year to God and still be just as unforgiven as the drug dealer on the street. All too often, we will think that we are “Doing Our Spiritual Time” because we have gone to church or even read the bible or prayed. Doing all of these things without an open heart to God is like saying “I Love You” to a statue. It make seem like you’re doing something special but it’s just making you feel good but is really of NO benefit. Just because God doesn’t come down upon us RIGHT NOW, doesn’t mean that God doesn’t have consequences awaiting.
The bible says in Ecclesiastes 8:11-13 “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.”
Our sins have consequences and will be judged. Would you rather be judged by God for your sins or would you have God judge someone else in your place? The reason why people today don’t trust Jesus as their Lord is because they don’t see the real consequences of their sins. That’s why people don’t fear God anymore, like they used to back in the day. They see their parent’s religion as something of the past. The see science, math and philosophy as the religions of the day. Those subjects can’t bring you peace or an intimate relationship with God. They are just information. Because the world sees everything as information, they will not see themselves accountable to information in a book. That’s why our lives MUST bear witness to the Word of Jesus on the page so that they can know that Jesus is The One True God. Does the world see you as a person that JUST gives information without a transformation? Does the world see your undeniable transformation and it opens their eyes to the information of the bible? Are you completely surrendered to the Word of God? If you’re not surrendered to God’s Word, then how can you possibly expect another person to be after you speak to them. This is not only miserable hypocrisy but it is illogical and hopeless faith. Today, during your walk with the Lord, seek to hear His word and His mind in every situation. Stop and ask God this question: “What would you have me to do today to honor you God?” In our last devotional of the series we will cover the final encounter that Egyptians had with the Hebrews and the lesson learned. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.