Notes: February 20, 2008 – Exodus 6 & 7

Moses, who objected at God’s first call to lead Israel, having heard the complaints of the people he was supposed to lead, now becomes more vocal in his objections to God.

Exodus 6

I.  God asserts His authority (1-9)

3: To Abraham, Isaac and Jacob God was known as El-Shaddai, the Almighty God; but to Moses a new name of God is revealed: Jehovah.

5-8: Moses is to declare to his people that they are God’s people, and that God will fulfill His covenant with their forefathers through them.

 

II.  God repeats His orders to Moses and Aaron (10-13)

12-13: Though Moses makes excuses, God reminds him that he will go to Pharaoh.

 

III. The Levite family tree (14-30)

14-15: What starts as a genealogy of Jacob’s family, ends with the third son, Levi.

16: Levi’s three sons, whose families play a significant part in the worship of Jehovah, are listed.

18-20: Moses and Aaron are shown to be Levites.

23: Aaron, who becomes the first high priest, and his son successors are listed.

25-30: And, just in case you missed it, these are the same Moses and Aaron whom God sent to Pharaoh.

 

Meditation Points:

  • God’s power was stressed to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; God’s eternal being is emphasized to Moses. An interesting study is to examine the various names by which God reveals Himself and to see what attributes the names reveal.
  • Is there any greater blessing than to have God as your God, to be one of His people?

 

The signs and wonders begin.

Exodus 7

I.  God explains what will happen in Pharaoh’s court (1-7)

1: God and prophet–one tells the other what to say.

3: "I will harden Pharaoh’s heart." Note how often this thought appears in these chapters.

5: "And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord."

7: Moses and Aaron were both in their 80′s when they began to lead Israel.

 

II.  The stick becomes a serpent (8-13)

11: The Egyptian wizards duplicated the miracle

12: But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.

13: "And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he harkened not unto them"

 

III. The waters become blood (14-25)

14: "Pharaoh’s heart is hardened"

16: "The Lord God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee"

21: Fish died, and the water was undrinkable

22: The wizards of Egypt duplicated this miracle, too.

27: For seven days they were without water

 

Meditation Points:

  • Where were the king’s body guards that Moses and Aaron could just walk up to him whenever they wanted to?
  • How the wizards duplicated the miracles is unknown, though it’s probably safe to say that it was owing to demonic powers. If the only thing that influences your soul is miracles, beware that you know the source of the miracles.
  • One cannot emphasize too much God’s direct hand in the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. What is to be seen as well is that God has the power to soften men’s hearts, too.  Isn’t that how a sinner gets saved?

 

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