_ After the midwives refused to kill all the male children of the Hebrews, “Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, "Every son who is born you shall cast into the river and every daughter you shall save alive." (Exodus 1:22) This was probably more than just a convenient way to kill the children, but it may have doubled as a way to give a sacrifice to their false gods. The false god “Hapi” was the patron god of the Nile. When Pharaoh’s daughter came to bath in the Nile River (Exo. 2:5-6) and saw the baby in the ark, she probably received it as a gift from the gods. Their worship of this false god was a good reason for the LORD to make the Nile as blood for the first plague. (Exo. 7:20)
When Moses was a younger man, he was ready to step into his position bring deliverance to the Hebrews...
Acts 7:22-25 says, “…Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds. 23 "Now when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended and avenged him who was oppressed, and struck down the Egyptian. 25 For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand.”
After 40 years in the backside of the dessert, Moses had a more correct view of himself. In Exodus 3:11 Moses says to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
Moses now understood that his ability was useless, but he needed to accept Gods response to him, “I will certainly be with you.” (Exodus 3:12)
What are the signs that will lead people to believe? God said the first sign would be authority over the snake. This foreshadows using our authority over the devil in Jesus name to cast out demons and cure sickness. The second sign was the ability to cure leprosy. This foreshadowed God’s people walking in victory over sin. The body of Christ should be showing these 2 signs to the world.
As God told Moses in Exodus 4:21, “"When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power,” so we should do all the work and miracle’s God has put in our hand to do.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan