24
Jan
13

Surrendering To God’s Will

Exodus 11 is a brief chapter where Moses details the plague that would come on the firstborn of Egypt.  This is the final plague that God would send.  This was the final step that was needed to break Pharaoh’s heart and his will.  This was the plague that would get Pharaoh’s attention and make him realize Who was truly in charge.  God details His plan to Moses and then Moses tells Pharaoh what was going to happen.  There is a sentence that intrigued me in this passage.  The last part of verse 8 says:

 Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh. – Exodus 11:8c (NIV)

Why was Moses angry?  Was it because of what God promised to do?  After all, he grew up in Pharaoh’s palace.  Undoubtedly he knew and likely cared for people in Egypt.  Was Moses pleading with Pharaoh in an unrecorded conversation?  Was Moses begging him to just let the people go before God had to do something drastic to get his attention? The Bible doesn’t share the reason for Moses’ anger, so all we can do is speculate.  I still wonder what was going on in Pharaoh’s heart and in his palace on that day.
The question I have for you today is, “How far does God have to go get your attention?”  What are not doing that He wants you to do?  What are you doing that He doesn’t want you to do?  Pharaoh refused to humble himself before God and obey Him.  Is your heart hard like Pharaoh’s?  What will it take for you to submit and surrender your will to the will of God?  Think about this today and ask God to reveal anything in your heart that needs to be dealt with.  Pray the last two verses of Psalm 139:

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)

Exodus 11

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

The Plague on the Firstborn

11 Now the Lord had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely. Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.” (The Lord made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.)

So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any man or animal.’ Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. All these officials of yours will come to me, bowing down before me and saying, ‘Go, you and all the people who follow you!’ After that I will leave.” Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh.

The Lord had said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.”10 Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go out of his country.

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