Today’s Tasting: Exodus 7-9: Moses was eighty and Aaron eighty-three when God called on them to command Pharaoh to let Israel (His people) go free. To impress Pharaoh Aaron threw his staff on the ground and it turned into a serpent. But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened; he wouldn’t listen and he refused to let God’s people go. So God caused a series of plagues in Egypt: first the water in the Nile River turned to blood so the people could not drink from it, then swarms of frogs, gnats, and flies covered the land. All the livestock died and the Egyptians were covered with festering boils. After each plague Pharaoh was given the chance to change his mind but he refused each time. In the final plague described in Today’s Tasting, hail rained down on the land, striking down everything that was out in the open.
Today’s Nourishment: Studying this, I was thinking, “how in the world could Pharaoh not get the point and just do what God said, and let His people go?” I mean, wouldn’t that have been easier than having to go through all that? Then, I really thought about it, and realized that we do the very same thing sometimes. Aren’t we “Pharaoh” in our own lives sometimes? God commands us to do something and we run from it or come up with every excuse in the book not to do it. Maybe we go through some “plagues” of our own and we still choose to harden our hearts and not listen.
Today, is there something that God has commanded you to do that you’re running from? Let’s not harden our hearts like Pharaoh and have to suffer the consequences. I know that’s easier said than done sometimes, but let’s commit to doing what God commands.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Exodus 10-12