Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Welcome to Day 24 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Genesis 9, 10 & 11 Plagues: Livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, firstborn…
Exodus 9:1, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me.”
Exodus 9:7, “Yet his [Pharaoh’s] heart was unyielding and he would not let the people go.”
“Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” “Yet his [Pharaoh’s] heart was unyielding and he would not let the people go.”
I clearly saw God’s mercy through the plagues… For instance, the hail did not take out the wheat and the spelt. (Only the flax and the barley.) The locusts took care of the rest, since Pharaoh’s heart was still hardened after the hail. NOTHING green was left on a tree or plant afterward.
Even when the river was turned to blood and all the vessels filled with water… apparently they could dig along the river for fresh water.
Even when Pharaoh would say yes, he would change his mind, or give conditions, “only the men” or “only the men and women, but not the livestock.”
I wonder what the the first nine plagues cost Egypt? And the tenth is the worst… (firstborn).
Time to hit that pause button again until tomorrow when we pick up on how the Lord draws the distinction between the Israelites and the Egyptians… They didn’t have to do anything to avoid the hail or darkness, but this final plague will be different! (Cue the Passover.)
Luke 24, the resurrection. These events can’t be captured in a few bullet points: The stone is rolled away. Angels appear to the women. Jesus walks with a couple of guys along the road to Emmaus, then he appears to the rest of the disciples.
He is alive… and no one could believe it. “Their words seemed like nonsense!” v 11. But Jesus is alive and begins appearing to people to reassure them that this all had to happen, just as he said it would.
Sidenote: Jesus broke the bread with the people he had walked with, then ate fish with his disciples to whom he had appeared… He clearly wasn’t a ghost! He had a glorified body.
One of my favorite verses is in Luke 24:32, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Hopefully as I read the Word, I experience what they did… THAT is the goal. Transformation not information! I need to know what the Bible says, but not for information, as important as it is to know what it says… I need for it to change me.
Lord, may your word sink deep into my soul to change me from the inside out… That my mind would be renewed. That I would know your ways… your heart… your word.
I don’t want to have an unyielding, stubborn or hard heart…