In our study for the 21st we continue to learn about the plagues God is bringing on the Egyptians because God kept making Pharaoh's heart hard so he would not let the people go to worship as the Lord had spoken by Moses to pharoah. Alan and I especially were interested in reading about the frogs. Alan has always loved frogs, and he captured them when he was a child and tried to save them, much to his mother's dismay. There was an odor! People have given him all kinds of frogs during his life. He drew a beautiful frog years ago. I wish I could show it here, it's so great. But imagine sleeping with the frogs like the Egyptians had to do! Yuk!
The Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart and the hearts of his servants so that He could show these signs of His before the leaders and the people. He wanted Moses and Aaron and the Israelites to be able to tell their children and grandchildren the mighty things that God did for them in leading them out of slavery to the promise land.
In my commentary it talked about the fact that God's judging Pharaoh does not mean He is unmerciful. He could have destroyed Pharoah and his people in a moment, but over and over He gave warnings. The exclusion of the land of Goshen where all the Jews lived was part of the great miracle.
To this day, we can choose to "Sleep with the Frogs", or we can heed the warnings that Father God gives to help us follow His direction for our lives. Through the story of these terrible plagues, we can see the mercy of God woven through everyone. Over and over He gave the Egyptians opportunity to "take shelter", get under the covering, get their children and their livestock to safety when the storms came. And everyone who heeded the warning was saved.
I love the fact that when Pharaoh finally gave in and told Moses, "I have sinned, the Lord is righteous, and my people and I are wicked", a lot of damage had been done, but the Lord accepted Moses's prayer for Pharaoh's forgiveness.
That's just what He does for us. In the midst of the storms and wreckage of our lives, all we have to do is cry out to our merciful God, and He immediately hears our cry and runs toward us with all His marvelous love and grace.
I hope this is an encouragement to all of us to just call on our Papa God. He will hear and answer.
There's still time to come and join us on Tuesday morning for "Fresh Fire From The Father's Heart!"