Today's Reading: Exodus 10-11
Key Verse: Exodus 11:5
And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the animals.
Eighty years earlier, the grandfather of the Exodus Pharaoh ordered the death of all Israel's boy babies. Moses is now threatened with death (Ex. 10:28-29). Some say that the decision for the final plague came from the mouth of Pharaoh himself. In verse eight it states that Moses was "hot with anger" when he left this last meeting with Pharaoh.
According to the book of Numbers, "Moses was very meek." Meekness means "strength under control." When all else fails, God brings severe judgment. We cannot trifle with God or view Him as a celestial Santa Claus. We are to love God and fear God at the same time. There is a tension here that brings balance. We embrace God, who cares for His people, but at the same time God, who will accomplish His purposes, has the right to pronounce and execute judgment.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Almighty and eternal God, Your judgment which should've been on us, fell upon Your firstborn and only begotten Son, Jesus, our Saviour and our Lord. We thank You with all our hearts that Your love and Your judgment came together at the Cross. You suffered greater pain than any of us can begin to comprehend. We love You and we fear You. We come boldly before You because Jesus took our place. In His Name we pray. Amen!
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