Exodus 14:5 Not Soon Angry

Exodus 14:5 (KJV)
And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?

Counselors[1]say that the five stages of grief  are: 

  • denial 
  • anger 
  • bargaining 
  • depression and 
  • acceptance 

Pharaoh and all of Egypt must have been in a deep state of grief at the loss of so many of their firstborn children. They had let Israel go, indeed had driven them out of Egypt after the death angel had visited. But it wasn’t long before they rethought their decision, “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” Perhaps this was a kind of denial. Perhaps they had come to think it could not have been a supernatural act of God that had done all the plagues and slain all their firstborn. Suddenly they questioned letting Israel go. That led quickly to an act of aggression and anger – an army was assembled to chase after them. 

And this act of anger led to even further grief.

No matter what the reason, anger and aggression seldom turn out well. I think there are times when it is not only right and biblical but even necessary. That said, the consequences are always difficult to bear. The Bible says that the Egyptians confirmed this truth,

Exodus 14:23-25
And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, evenall Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. 

They weren’t angry any more but it was too late.

Titus 1:7 
For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 

It would be best is all of us learned to be, “not soon angry.

Use anger cautiously and, when we have used it wrongly, fearfully and quickly repent. 


[1]I did find one article that claims these stages are wrong. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/supersurvivors/201707/why-the-five-stages-grief-are-wrong%3famp

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Exodus 13:3 Remember

Exodus 13:3 (KJV)
And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.

Paul said there were some things Christians ought to forget:[1]

  • We ought to forget the sins that God has forgiven 
  • We ought to forget offenses committed against us 
  • We ought to forget those things that are glories of the flesh (prideful accomplishments)
  • We ought to forget those blunders that we think prevent us from coming boldly to the throne of grace

Having acknowledged that there are some things we should forget, there are also some things we should work at remembering: 

  • We ought to remember the day we got saved
  • We ought to remember our public profession of faith
  • We ought to remember the price of our salvation 
  • We ought to remember the promises and vows we have made before the Lord. 

God told Israel to plan for this memory through a yearly celebration, to speak about this memory to their children and to mark this memory by going to the place God has given us (in our case, His church).

I would suggest that if we actively work at remembering these things it would be much easier to forget about the other things. 


[1]Philippians 3:13 (KJV)
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

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Exodus 11:1 One Plague More

Exodus 11:1 (KJV)
And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.

I am interested in the phrase “one plague more.”

One commentary says, “one, and only one.” more plague.

One more, but one unlike all the others. 

  • More grievous
  • More dangerous
  • More divisive
  • More effective

This one does the job. Pharaoh not only allows Israel to leave but drives them out.

Why is it that the hardened heart refuses to be right with God until it’s taken the best we have and the best we are? Why won’t we yield to God when we first come under conviction? Why do we have to lose our health, our wealth and our children before we finally come to believe Him?

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Exodus 9:20 A Means of Escape

Exodus 9:20 (KJV)
He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses:

It is worth noting that, even among the servants of Pharaoh, there were those who feared the word of the Lord. That Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, that the majority would not listen, did not mean that no one listened and heeded the Word of God. We are always best off when we focus on those who hear rather than those who do not. 

Moses had warned of a terrible hail that would kill every living thing in its path. Man, cattle, beasts would all die if they did not find shelter. The grace of God allowed for them to find the shelter and be safe from the storm. But they had to accept that grace. They had to fear the Word of the Lord and obey it. 

  • Those who did were saved
  • Those who regarded not the Word of God were slain

This is exactly how it is today. God warns, teaches, preaches and instructs. He graciously gives to us the means to escape the troubles of life now and eternal judgment later. But He does not remove those troubles or judgment. 

  • If we will fear the Word of the Lord and do it, we will find shelter despite the storm. 
  • If we choose not to regard His Word we can expect to experience those storms in all their worst. 

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Exodus 7:11-12 God Is Greater

Exodus 7:11-12 (KJV)
Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.

I read today of three miracles the magicians attempted to duplicate. 

  • The first one, the staff to a serpent, they did but Aaron’s serpent ate theirs. 
  • The second, the rivers to blood, the Bible just says they did. 
  • The third one, dust turned to lice, they could not duplicate. 

The case of the third is clear.

The case of the second is speculation- who knows.
 The Bible just says they did so with their enchantments. If there was already blood throughout the land, who can tell whether they made any more. 

The first is the issue. 
The Bible clearly says they turned their rods into serpents. 

Magicians, as we know them, are illusionists. They can’t do magic. They can only make us think they have done magic. The use of the word enchantments might imply this was illusion. 

But there is another, less comfortable explanation. There is a supernatural power that exists outside of God. To discount the possibility that they did in fact turn rods into serpents, denies the power of Satan. We live in a world that, even when accepting God, chooses to discount the Devil. If he exists. If he is actually powerful. If he can really do things, then this is an enemy more dreadful than we are willing to abide. 

Here is where Aaron’s rod swallowing them becomes key. No matter how they produced their magic, God is more powerful, capable of swallowing up any work Satan does. 

  • If it is merely a mind game
  • If it is just a human skill or
  • If it is indeed a demonic force

God is greater. 

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2 Corinthians 8:20 Honest Things

2 Corinthians 8:20 (KJV)
Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

Second Corinthians chapter eight is about two things:

  • Generous giving and
  • The men who administer it

While the only names provided us are Paul and Titus, there is reference to another in verse eighteen and of “our brethren” in verse twenty-three. 

Paul took personal responsibility in,
2 Corinthians 8:21
Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 

If we would ask people to be generous, we must expect to provide for honest things in the administration of those offerings. It is true that the gift given to God must be freely given and let go of. It does not follow that such allows for careless use of the gift so generously and freely given.

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2 Corinthians 7:10 The Age of Depression

2 Corinthians 7:10 (KJV)
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

The first examples of the truth delivered in this passage that come to my mind is that of Judas and Peter. 

  • Both men denied Jesus in the tough time
  • Both were struck with conviction of the denial of Jesus Christ 
  • Both sorrowed and were obviously distraught with their actions

But one man repented and led the first and greatest revival since the resurrection of Christ while the other went out and hung himself. 

We live in an age of depression. The statistics are staggering. The growth of the mental health industry is alarming and yet it is not making a difference. Just this week I learned of three, I wrote correctly, three New York police officers who committed suicide. What the circumstances were, I do not know. I do know this is tragic. 

Despite what the atheist agnostic and mental health professional will say, there is only one way to reverse this epidemic; turn the sorrow of this world into godly sorrow. We must acknowledge God and the breaking of His standards. We must honestly confess our sins to God. We must grieve over this sin. We must mortify the seeds of the body. Then we must embrace and rejoice in the promises of God. 

  • A promise of kinship
  • A promise of cleansing and
  • A promise of forgiveness 

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2 Corinthians 6:1 Vain Grace

2 Corinthians 6:1 (KJV)
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

Perhaps the companion passage, the one that interprets this passage best for us is 

James 2:14-26 (KJV)
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

To have received this Gospel grace and to leave it untapped, untried and unused is vanity indeed. 
Hebrews 2:3
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

What a travesty to possess so great salvation and then to neglect it. 

  • To ignore the preaching of God’s Word
  • To backslide and rebel against it
  • To be a hearer of the Word and do nothing with it. 

This is to receive the grace of God in vain and it is, as James puts it, dead. 

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Exodus 1:12 Don’t Lose Our Savor

Exodus 1:12 (KJV)
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

I wonder if the children of Israel knew that, in the midst of their affliction, God had blessed them with growth, and perhaps more importantly, the eye of Egypt? 

  • That they were afflicted could have been such a preoccupation that they failed to see their numbers growing. 
  • That Egypt was grieved because of them could have been such a concern that they did not see that such grief was a sign of their influence. 

Egypt would not have been grieved by an insignificant people. 

I am not sure that the current number of Christians is growing. 
The surveys taken these days would be so skewed by errors of presumption[1]that I doubt any count could be considered accurate.

I am sure that these days Christianity is a grief to those of the world. 
That grief ought to be interpreted as an indicator that we are fulfilling our function. We are acting as the salt of the earth. 

God help us not to lose our savor. 


[1]They would presume every Christian denomination is Christian. They would presume that everyone who claimed to be a Christian in previous decades is Christian. They would presume smaller groups of Christians such as the independent Baptists, should be included as a part of the larger Protestant count and not as a separate count by themselves

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2 Corinthians 4:2-4 Resolved

2 Corinthians 4:2-4 (KJV)
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

I have, from time to time, returned to this chapter as almost a life theme. Paul’s sentiment here is so fitting for what has often been my experience in the ministry. 

I note today a resolution in the Apostle. 

  • He had resolved not to use dishonesty 
  • He had resolved not to attempt craftiness
  • He had resolved to handle the Word of God with integrity 

And he had resolved to leave whatever comes of that between others and the Lord. 

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