Well, I think I’ve got the every-other-day thing down. Ha! So what is on my mind today? Well I have been challenged to work with a “writing prompt” to see what I can come up with.
The challenge was to grab the closest book to me, turn to page 51 and find the 3rd sentence. Then use that sentence as inspiration. The closest books to me at the time were a dictionary and my Bible. Since the word “briar” did not seem very inspirational, I turned in my Bible and found this verse on the 51st page:
“And the Lord said unto Moses, stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 9:22)
Is there anything to be learned from the plagues God sent upon Egypt? Is there more to this story than just history? Since all scripture is “God breathed”, I’m sure there is…
At that time, the Hebrews were in bondage to Egypt. God sent Moses to free the people and lead them to the promised land. Moses repeatedly went to the Pharaoh asking for the Hebrews to be freed and Pharaoh repeatedly said ‘no’. God showed his power by sending plagues against Egypt as punishment for refusing to let his people go. The plague of hail was the seventh of ten plagues the Lord sent (I am not a Bible scholar, so I’m sure there is some significance to the seventh plague that escapes my limited understanding).
The Bible says that after each plague (except the last one–the death of the first born son), Pharaoh’s “heart was hardened” and refused to release the Hebrews from their captivity. Even after the destruction of animals and crops, and the Nile river being transformed to blood, Pharaoh stubbornly defied God.
Are we any different? Do we deserve and experience God’s wrath? Does God send “plagues” against us? Does He want to get our attention through our destruction?
We live under the new covenant of grace through faith. Jesus died on the cross and took all our sin upon Himself so we could have a relationship with God like no other.
However, how often do I beg for the challenges (or “plagues”) of life to be lifted, then return to my stubborn ways after the storm has passed? How many times does my Bible sit idle when the skies are clear and the sun is shining? More often than I want to admit.
That’s where grace steps in and fills the gap. I can go back to my Heavenly Father over and over again, confessing my sin and he is faithful to forgive. He loves me that much.
I think it is important to learn our spiritual history so we can truly appreciate all that Jesus did for us. If it weren’t for Him, I’d be sitting hip-deep in frogs!