Highlights In Today's Reading:
Step-by-step the battle intensifies as Pharaoh brashly questions: Who is the Lord (5:2)? God quickly reveals Himself through specific object lessons — the ten plagues. Wondrously we realize God is faithfully fulfilling His promise to Abraham given centuries before (Genesis 6:6; 15:13-14). We leave the Egyptians in the midst of a detestable river of blood.
Moses was not free to decide what portion of the commands of God he would speak; he was to tell Pharaoh all that God had commanded him. Thou shalt speak all that I command thee . . . And I will . . . multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. . . . And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they (Exodus 7:2-3,6). Forty years later, Joshua's assurance of defeating the Canaanites would also be based on obedience to the Word of God who said: This Book of the Law shall not depart out of thy mouth . . . observe to do according to all that is written therein (Joshua 1:8).
Paul was led by the Holy Spirit to write: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works (II Timothy 3:16-17). All that is written is just as profitable and necessary today to be the person God has planned you to be.
Many will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears (4:3).
Jesus said: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word (without exception) that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). Every word includes all of our Bible. The Holy Spirit has made it clear: though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:8-9). The Christian is to be the spokesman for God — God's mouthpiece proclaiming all His Word to an unbelieving world. Jesus asked the question: Why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46).
Just as the Lord eventually brought judgment on Pharaoh, He will, in due time, judge everyone who refuses to obey Him. We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God (Romans 14:10-12).
Thought for Today:
Reading all of God's Word protects us from deception. The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the Testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7).
As the Redeemer from the bondage of sin. I am the Lord, and I will bring you out . . . I will redeem you (Exodus 6:6). Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things . . . But with the precious blood of Christ (I Pet. 1:18-19).
5:4 let =distract; 5:8 tale =daily quota; 5:9 vain =deceitful; 5:13 hasted =kept driving them; 5:19 in evil case =in trouble; minish =diminish; 5:21 savour =good will; 5:22 entreated =afflicted; 6:3 God Almighty =El Shaddai, All Sufficient God; 6:6 stretched out arm =mightily; 6:9 hearkened not =refused to listen; 6:13 charge =command; 7:11 enchantments =witchcraft; 7:15 brink =edge; against he come =waiting for him; 7:23 neither did he set his heart =he payed no attention.
Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcasts in memory of Henry Rogers • Staff: Jennifer Cunningham • Country: Austria (8.1 million) in central Europe • Major language: German • Religious freedom • 78% Catholic; 6% Protestant; 3% Other Christian; 2% Muslim; .1% Jewish; 1.9% Other • Prayer Suggestion: Prayer with an upright spirit and heart is a delight to God (Proverbs 15:8).
Optional Reading: Matthew 19
Memory Verse for the Week: Revelation 22:19