Exodus, Chapter 7

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Exodus, Chapter 7

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And so, it begins, God has declared, “Let my people go!” But Pharaoh’s hardened heart will not free the Hebrew people. Pharaoh does not know this God, Yahweh. These ten plagues will demand the release from slavery and will reveal that the Lord God has power over Pharaoh and the Egyptian gods. This first plague is the changing of the water of the Nile into blood. The Nile is the very life source of Egypt. The annual flooding brings fresh silt and water for farming. The water of the Nile turns the dessert into a huge oasis. The Nile was worshiped as a god by the Egyptians. The Lord God shows that Yahweh has complete power over the Nile. The Egyptian god, Khamun, is the guardian of the Nile, but cannot protect the Nile. Hopi, the spirit of the Nile is brought low. Osiris, whose bloodstream is the Nile, bleeds. Water is the life source. Slavery and false gods destroy the life source.

Respond

The Hebrew people were enslaved. Today, are we enslaved? Fortunately, we are not in physical bondage, but have we surrendered to false gods who have enslaved us. Prejudice, addictions, and unhealthy desires have enslaved us to false narratives and destructive behaviors. This slavery destroys the life source in us. Jesus sets us free from slavery to sin. It sets us free from hardened hearts to walk in the way of the Love of God.

Pray

Gracious loving heavenly Father, set us free. You know what is good for us. Empower us to walk in your way of love and forgiveness setting us free from our prejudices, addictions, and unhealthy desires through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

 

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