Disciple Hour: Exodus 11:1–10


We saw last time that Pharoah still had delusions of deity.  He still thought he was at least equal with God and could barter with God.  We even saw that in his arrogance, he thought he could threaten God’s messenger, Moses with death. 

Exodus 10:28–29 (ESV) 

28 Then Pharaoh said to him, “Get away from me; take care never to see my face again, for on the day you see my face you shall die.” 29 Moses said, “As you say! I will not see your face again.” 


After 9 plagues, Pharoah still pretended that he was god and that he had control over Egypt, his people, life and death.  His arrogance would prove to be his undoing.  

1. The Final Plague and Its Effects Announced

11 The Lord said to Moses, “Yet one plague more I will bring upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt. Afterward he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will drive you away completely. Speak now in the hearing of the people, that they ask, every man of his neighbor and every woman of her neighbor, for silver and gold jewelry.” And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people. 


Through the nine other plagues, God had shown the Egyptians that their god’s were really nothing.  Perhaps either imagined or demonic but in either case no match for God.  Pharoah and Egypt’s gods have been completely beaten on every front.  This is God’s plan coming to completion.  

It was never God’s plan for Pharoah to agree with Him about allowing His people to leave Egypt.  All along Moses’ request was to go without Pharoah’s obedience.  At every step of Pharoah’s disobedience God would destroy a little bit more of Egypt.  Let My people go or this will happen and Pharaoh would not and so God would hit them with another plague.  This is a difficult concept to wrap your mind around.  God’s sovereignty is mystery.

All that was for the first nine plagues.  Now comes number 10.  Number 10 is going to be different.  After it is over Pharoah will not only let them leave but he will drive them out of the land.  

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Sermon: When the Son of Man Comes Matthew 25:31–46

Truth Taught- When Son of Man comes again He will judge all people and assign them to their eternal destination.

Introduction

From Matthew 24:36 the focus of Jesus’ teaching has been on His coming in glory and His command for us to be ready.  Now, in this final section His teaching shows what will happen when He comes and the judgement that will take place.

One thing before we begin with this final pinnacle of this section about being ready is to note that salvation is not by works but, in fact, the exact opposite.  Salvation is completely by grace through faith.  Yet the true believer will engage in acts of caring and kindness because of the new heart God gives all at salvation. 

To read some of the older more liberal commentators who claim that being ready for Christ’s coming means that we are to be working to alleviate social injustices and that type of volunteerism will earn a reward when Christ comes are completely wrong.  They are approaching very close to Pelagianism. 

Pelagianism being the heresy that teaches man’s free will and that salvation is earned by good works.  That is utterly false and condemned by the Church at the Council of Carthage 418 AD.  

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Disciple Hour: Exodus 10:21–29 The Plague of Darkness

1.  Darkness Over the Land of Egypt

21 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darknes over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was pitch darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. 23 They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the people of Israel had light where they lived.

We see now the 9th Plague…the Plague of Darkness. 

Day after day of darkness would be a very concerning time.  For three days in Egypt, no one could see anything.  This would frighten anyone.  This was especially concerning for Egypt…

The Egyptians worshipped the sun.  The past plagues have been targeted for the undoing of Egypt’s false gods.  Each one focused on their god’s specialties showing that their false gods were powerless against the Power of God.  This plague was especially frightening because of all the gods of Egypt the gods surrounding their sun worship were the most elevated and viewed as the most powerful of all Egypt’s deities.

Horus- god of the sunrise
Aten- god of the noonday sun
Atum- god of the sunset

Their supreme deity, Amon-Re, a solar deity, whom they considered god of creation, who named all things,

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Sermon: Left In Charge of Great Riches Matthew 25:14-30

Truth Taught- Jesus’ coming will be sudden and unexpected, the faithful disciple will be found serving when He comes.

Introduction

Today, we have the third parable that Jesus talks about being ready for His Parousia.  Here, Jesus introduces us to three slaves who have been left in charge of very large sums of money.  Their Master leaves and is gone an extended period of time.  He leaves them in charge of His wealth.  Each of the three has been left with differing amounts but all very large amounts.  None are given specific instructions as to how they are to invest it.  Jesus simply tells us they have been entrusted with the Master’s property.

So far, these parables have been teaching us that the Master and/or the Bridegroom has gone away for a period of time.  The servants and the young girls have been left with certain responsibilities while He is away.  

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Disciple Hour: Exodus 10:1–20

The damage that swarms of locusts can cause

In the Memoirs of Laura Ingles Wilder, she writes about her life on the prairie of Minnesota.  One account is that one day she noticed a strange dark cloud moving her direction.  Then she was hit in the back of the head with something, then another and before long it was raining large brown grasshoppers.  They were on her dress and soon covering the ground.  As she ran home screaming, there was not a place she could step that she didn’t feel the squish of the grasshoppers.  

She tells how they ate everything.  She tells how she could hear them chewing as millions of grasshoppers chewing in unison made such noise.  For the next two years her family struggled because of the giant swarm of grasshoppers and according to her, had almost brought them to ruin.

Other accounts have been written of these same locust swarms in America over the years.  One tells us that the railways were useless because of the dead grasshoppers kept the engines from traction.  Others tell us of farmers raking the dead locusts like leaves into piles to be burned.

So, no one who has ever seen this would ever accuse the Bible of exaggerating.  

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