When God Shows Up

When God Shows Up
Exodus 8-17
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
February 18th, 2018
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When God Shows Up
Exodus 8-17
Our message today is centered on the story of Pharaoh and the 10 plagues and the Children of Israel’s escape from bondage. If you are not familiar with this story, take some time now to review and then see what we can learn from this scripture.

1. He proves He is God over all things
Have you ever wondered why there are 10 plagues? Maybe you thought, because that was how many times Pharaoh said “No.” Well, this is true, to some degree, but the thing is Pharaoh was getting ready to let them go sooner, but then God hardened his heart, so that he wouldn’t. 

Look in Exodus 9:8-12…this is the 6th plague
8 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of furnace soot, and Moses is to throw it toward heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. 9 It will become fine dust over the entire land of Egypt. It will become festering boils on people and animals throughout the land of Egypt.” 10 So they took furnace soot and stood before Pharaoh. Moses threw it toward heaven, and it became festering boils on people and animals. 11 The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were on the magicians as well as on all the Egyptians. 12 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he did not listen to them, as the Lord had told Moses. [emphasis added]

Here it says the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart.  This is in direct contrast to the 5th plague where it says…

But Pharaoh’s heart was hard, and he did not let the people go.

So why would God do such a thing?  Why not, just let them go and call this a day?  Well, we find out just a few verses later in vs 16 where God, told Moses to tell Pharoah… that He could have killed pharaoh a long time ago and set the Hebrews free…

Exodus 9:16 “However, I have let you live for this purpose: to show you my power and to make my name known on the whole earth” 

The 10 plagues represented the gods of Egypt.  The god of the Nile, The god of Frogs…The god of Light… etc.  And the Egyptians worshipped all of these so-called gods. So God, our God, by giving them these plagues, proved to them that their god’s did not have power over these things, but in fact it is our God who does. This includes the 10th plague where He proved that He even has power over life.

What does this mean for us?  I believe it means that there are idols in our lives; things that we worship because we think they have power in our lives, when the truth is, God is actually the one who wields the power.  But if our hearts harden and we continue to worship these Idols, God will Show up and rove He has power over those things.

2. Miracles Happen
The second thing I think we can learn from this passage is that when God put us in the impossible, He’ll provide a miracle to get us out, all we need to do is be still and know that He is God.  Because when God shows up, miracles Happen.  This is what happened with the Israelite.  God led them into an impossible situation that stuck them between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army.  But then, God provided a miracle way out.

Where we have to be careful with this one is… this is only true when it is God that leads us into the impossible.  This however, is NOT true when we put ourselves in an impossible situation.  Now, God doesn’t abandon us in this case.  But I do believe that He will allow the consequences of our own sins bear down on us. 

Then, if we straighten up and get our relationship back on track, while He wont remove those consequences, but He will help us walk through them and come out on the other side. 

3. He is glorified
Of course the question is, why did God put us in the impossible situations anyway? Does he do it just to show off, and to be able to do miracles? 

Actually to some degree, yes. He does it to glorify Himself.   Look at what He tells Moses as He is laying out his plan of putting them between the Egyptians and the Red Sea instead of letting them turn the corner and be free.

Exodus 14:4 “Then I will receive glory by means of Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord”

This is the only reason He gives for this.  Now in the process of doing this, He killed Israel’s enemy, right before their eyes.  And He of course did that out of love for the Israelites, but He could have done that in a much less showy way.  But instead, He chose to do it in a way that would bring Him much glory.

When God shows up, He is glorified…

When God shows up:
He proves He is God, 
Miracles happen,
and He is glorified.  

Has God shown up in your life?

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