Exodus chapters 4-8

Hi all~

We covered Exodus chapters 4-8 this week in Merry Ministries.  Moses’ meeting with God at the Burning Bush continued.  God called Moses by name and gave him an assignment:  Go back to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let my people go!  Just like so many of us when God calls us to an assignment, Moses came up with excuses and objections:
  1. Who am I, LORD, that you should send me?  (3:11)
  2. I don’t even know your name.  (3:13)
  3. They will not believe me (4:1)
  4. I’m not a good speaker (4:10)
  5. Send someone else. (4:13)
Naturally, God had an answer for each of Moses’ objections (and mine).  Remember:
I even threw in some Egyptian history this week.  I have found it to be helpful to study Scripture in light of the historical context.  While we can narrow down the time frame of the Exodus to the New Kingdom dynastic period of ancient Egyptian history (1570 to 1070 BC), we cannot specifically name the exact year or Pharaoh.  What we do know, is that Egypt was a very powerful empire and that the Pharaoh would have been the most powerful man in the world at that time.   Egypt was a very religious place and the people worshipped many gods.
The showdown between Moses and Pharaoh was more that a conflict between two men.  The power behind Moses was God and I’m sure you can figure out who the power behind Pharaoh was.  We covered quickly the first 4 plagues that God struck Egypt with and saw that each of these was a direct attack on one of the Egyptian gods.  We passed out a chart on each of the 10 Plagues and which Egyptian god was involved.
There was a lot of info in this lesson.  I encourage you to re-read the chapters or listen to it online.  The chart is also online: http://www.merryministries.com/messages.html .
God bless you.  I hope you have a great weekend.  Let’s pray for rain!
You’re the best!!!
Colossians 1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 

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