Disciple Hour: Exodus 9:13–35 The Seventh Plague: Hail and Fire From Heaven

1.  God’s Warning and Purpose

God explains to Pharoah that in this plague there is a two-fold purpose.  God is out to show the world that He is set apart and that there is none like Him.  Second, God is out to display His power also to the world.

A.  There is none like God

13 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. 14 For this time I will send all my plagues on you yourself, and on your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is none like me in all the earth. 

B.  God’s Name Proclaimed in All the Earth

15 For by now I could have put out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth. 16 But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth. 

Joshua 2:8–11 (ESV) 

Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof and said to the men, “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. 11 And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. 

Joshua 9:8–9 (ESV) 

They said to Joshua, “We are your servants.” And Joshua said to them, “Who are you? And where do you come from?” They said to him, “From a very distant country your servants have come, because of the name of the Lord your God. For we have heard a report of him, and all that he did in Egypt, 

Once again, we learn that this was Pharoah’s purpose.  God had raised him up so He could demonstrate His power so that His name would go throughout all the earth.

17 You are still exalting yourself against my people and will not let them go. 18 Behold, about this time tomorrow I will cause very heavy hail to fall, such as never has been in Egypt from the day it was founded until now. 19 Now therefore send, get your livestock and all that you have in the field into safe shelter, for every man and beast that is in the field and is not brought home will die when the hail falls on them.” ’ ” 20 Then whoever feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh hurried his slaves and his livestock into the houses, 21 but whoever did not pay attention to the word of the Lord left his slaves and his livestock in the field. 

What’s odd here is that many of Pharoah’s servants actually believed what Moses said.  They hurried to get their livestock into their houses so the plague of hail and fire would not kill them.  

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Sermon: The Parable of the Two Stewards Matthew 24:45-51

Truth Taught-We are called to be active and loyal to King Jesus, being wise and faithful in carrying out the tasks assigned to us joyfully awaiting His coming. 

Introduction

As we look today at the first of three parables that Jesus tells concerning the mindset we must have while we wait for His coming.  

Contained within these parables are elements of an unexpected coming, The fact that the reader is warned to be ready for the unexpected coming, the ones who are ready will experience joy the ones not ready will experience great judgement, and we are shown the dangerous tendency we have of falling asleep or not keeping vigilant because there is a delay in His coming.

It should also be noted that the disciples were to be the stewards of the Master’s house while He was away.  This dynamic has been true down through the centuries.  Once the disciples died, this role was passed down to others and now we find that we have the role of being good stewards over the Master’s house until He returns.  

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Exodus 9:8–12 The Sixth Plague: Boils 

And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from the kiln, and let Moses throw them in the air in the sight of Pharaoh. It shall become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and become boils breaking out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt.” 10 So they took soot from the kiln and stood before Pharaoh. And Moses threw it in the air, and it became boils breaking out in sores on man and beast. 11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils came upon the magicians and upon all the Egyptians. 12 But the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he did not listen to them, as the Lord had spoken to Moses. 


Here again we have the Lord defeating Satan and more of Egypt’s false gods. 
Sekhmet– goddess that was supposed to have power over bringing epidemics to an end.  She was the goddess who could cure diseases.  This goddess had no success here.
Serapis- was also a false god the Egyptians trusted to heal them.  This god could not heal.
Imhotep– the god of medicine and the guardian of healing sciences was powerless.

1.  God Shows His Power as the Plagues Intensify

And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from the kiln, and let Moses throw them in the air in the sight of Pharaoh. It shall become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and become boils breaking out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt.”  


The plagues are progressively getting worse.  They have gone from irritating to financially devastating to now impacting the Egyptian’s health.

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Sermon: No One Knows the Day or the Hour of Christ’s Coming Matthew 24:36-44

Truth Taught- Jesus teaches us that no one knows or can know the day or hour of His coming.

Introduction

Jesus has answered His disciples’ first question, When will these things be?  Jesus now moves on to their second question…

Matthew 24:3 (ESV) 

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 


This second question will be the focus of what Jesus tells them and us concerning His return.  We must remember that Jesus does not address everything there is to say or learn about the end times here.  There is more to know than what Jesus tells us.  

Our Lord shifts from one subject matter to another, from the destruction of the Temple to His Parousia or His coming. 

We have a collection of shorter sayings followed by three parables.  All these verse focus on the theme of the imminent arrival or the Son of God, our Lord.  They also focus on the fact that His coming is the final verdict of the division between the saved and the lost.  Also, in these verses we will see that woven within is the element of surprise and the call to be ready.

For their first question, Jesus taught that there would be a when attached to it.  He told them that there would be some general signs and indicators.  There would be evangelism and the Gospel that would spread throughout the world.  There would also be the sign of the Abomination of Desolation found within the Temple. 

Now, concerning their second question and their request for a sign, Jesus gives them none.  He does not give them a time indicator but rather teaches that God desires not a last-minute confession but a lifetime of readiness.  

We have several things that indicate a change of subject matter, namely from the Temple to the Parousia

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Exodus 9:1–7. The 5th Plague The death of domestic animals

I want to pause for a second and look at where we have been concerning these plagues.  This today being the fifth plague.  We have seen some patterns that we must not miss. 

First of all, as you look at the plagues, you need to remember that the plagues manifest God’s redemptive work of destruction. When He comes about redeeming His people, it means the tearing down of the strongholds of Satan. And the Lord’s work of redemption includes not only purchasing His people at a price, but also destroying the forces that are made against them. And when you reflect upon the drama of redemption itself, part of that drama of redemption is God’s conquest of the powers of darkness. In Exodus, 7 through 11, especially as we read about what God does in the plagues, we see Him bringing plagues against the enemies of His people. That in and of itself is part of His act of redemption. It’s a destruction work, but it is part of the act of redemption. The towers of God’s enemies must be torn down if His people are to be safe and free. And so alongside of His positive work of rescuing his own people, there is a negative work of shattering the resistance to His rule.

This is something that you see not only in the Old Testament, but also, and we might say especially, in the New Testament. Christ’s work on our behalf in the New Testament is often pictured in terms of the destroying of those forces which are arrayed against His people. 

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