GOD, PART 1 | Wk 4: “The God Who Liberates”
Pastor Mike Overstreet | 10.06.2019
Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3
Exodus 7:1-5 (NIV)
Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”
The WHO of the Confrontation – The Villains of the Exodus
The Nation of Egypt
- Military empire built on the back of slaves and oppression.
- Viewed their empire as divinely chosen, justified, and empowered.
- Viewed their king as a god.
- No name given – just The Pharaoh.
- Embodiment of what Egypt represents – violence, pride, obsession with power.
The Ten Plagues / Divine Actions
- The Nile is turned to blood (Exodus 7:14-24)
- The Plague of Frogs (Exodus 8:1-15)
- The Plague of Gnats (Exodus 8:16-19)
- The Plague of Flies (Exodus 8:20-39)
- The Plague on Egypt’s Livestock (Exodus 9:1-7)
- The Plague of Boils (Exodus 9:8-12)
- The Plague of Hail (Exodus 9:13-35)
- The Plague of Locusts (Exodus 10:1-20)
- The Darkening of the Sun (Exodus 10:21-29)
- The Death of Egyptian Firstborns (Exodus 11:1-10)
The HOW of the Ten Plagues
- Direct refutation of Egypt’s national identity and strength.
- Confrontation of the Egyptian sense of divine superiority.
- Challenge to Pharaoh’s delusion of power.
The WHY of the Confrontation – Pharaoh’s Hardened Heart
- 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th Plague – “Pharaoh’s heart grew hard.”
- Verb does not imply God acted to harden Pharaoh’s heart – it just grew hard.
- 2nd and 4th Plague – “Pharaoh hardened his own heart.”
- Verb implies that Pharaoh, not God, acted to harden his own heart.
- 6th, 8th, 9th, and 10th Plague – “God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.”
- Verb implies God is only furthering what has already taken place.