The Victorious God
First, a sign to Pharaoh: a staff becoming a snake
Plague #1: Water of the Nile Was Turned to Blood
Plague #2: Invasion of Frogs
Plague #3: Invasion of Gnats
Plague #4: Invasion of Flies
Plague #5: Death of the Egyptian Livestock
Plague #6: Boils on the Skin of People
Plague #7: Natural Disaster of Hail
Plague #8: Invasion of Locusts
Plague #9: Complete Darkness for 3 Days
Plague #10: Promise to Kill the Firstborn Son of Every Family
- The Lord was judging both the people and the gods of Egypt.
- Satan attempts to impede the work of God, often through counterfeits.
- When confronted with the Word and power of God we can either choose to listen & obey or not.
- False repentance is not the same as true repentance and transformation.
- God is gracious towards his people and his enemies.
- God demands complete obedience.
- Sometimes in our obedience we don’t know what the Lord will require of us until we get there.
- God is faithful, he will fulfill his promises even when it seems impossible right now.
- Rebellion against God is of utmost seriousness; God’s enemies earn his judgment and punishment, while God’s people receive his grace.
Preparation for the Final Blow
“Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month they must each select an animal of the flock according to their fathers’ families, one animal per family. 4 If the household is too small for a whole animal, that person and the neighbor nearest his house are to select one based on the combined number of people; you should apportion the animal according to what each will eat. 5 You must have an unblemished animal, a year-old male; you may take it from either the sheep or the goats. 6 You are to keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembly of the community of Israel will slaughter the animals at twilight. 7 They must take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses where they eat them. 8 They are to eat the meat that night; they should eat it, roasted over the fire along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or cooked in boiling water, but only roasted over fire—its head as well as its legs and inner organs. 10 You must not leave any of it until morning; any part of it left until morning you must burn. 11 Here is how you must eat it: You must be dressed for travel, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. You are to eat it in a hurry; it is the Lord’s Passover. 12 “I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night and strike every firstborn male in the land of Egypt, both people and animals. I am the Lord; I will execute judgments against all the gods of Egypt. 13 The blood on the houses where you are staying will be a distinguishing mark for you; when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No plague will be among you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt…” 21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go, select an animal from the flock… 23 When the Lord passes through to strike Egypt and sees the blood on the lintel and the two doorposts, he will pass over the door and not let the destroyer enter your houses to strike you…” 27b So the people knelt low and worshiped. 28 Then the Israelites went and did this; they did just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron.
1. We are to obey the Word of the Lord.
The Lord is giving specific instructions to his people that they are to follow.
The Hebrew people have to listen and obey.
We don’t get to ignore or change the parts of God’s Word that are uncomfortable or confusing for us.
Learn to love the Word of God.
How happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk according to the Lord’s instruction! 2 Happy are those who keep his decrees and seek him with all their heart. 3 They do nothing wrong; they walk in his ways. 4 You have commanded that your precepts be diligently kept. 5 If only my ways were committed to keeping your statutes! 6 Then I would not be ashamed when I think about all your commands… 9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping your word. 10 I have sought you with all my heart; don’t let me wander from your commands.11 I have treasured your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you… 15 I will meditate on your precepts and think about your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to meditate on it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.
So the people knelt low and worshiped. 28 Then the Israelites went and did this; they did just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron.
2. Judgment is coming but we are saved by the blood of the Lamb.
I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night and strike every firstborn male in the land of Egypt, both people and animals. I am the Lord; I will execute judgments against all the gods of Egypt.
In grace the Lord is giving the Hebrew people a way to avoid the punishment and death.
The blood on the houses where you are staying will be a distinguishing mark for you; when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No plague will be among you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
“Go, select an animal from the flock… 23 When the Lord passes through to strike Egypt and sees the blood on the lintel and the two doorposts, he will pass over the door and not let the destroyer enter your houses to strike you…”
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Rom 3:23-26 (NLT)
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
Conclusion – Response
Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner and I need a Savior. I believe that Jesus is my Savior, the Lamb of God that died in my place. I believe he died on the cross for my sins, and rose from the grave three days later conquering Satan, sin and death. I repent of my sins. Thank you for making me right with you because of the sacrifice of Jesus.