This week, we’re changing up our format, and instead of our normal Sunday Rest Day, we’re setting the scene for what’s going to unfold this week. Over the next six chapters, we’ll see exactly what happens when God uses any means necessary to get us to the end of ourselves.
Beginning with Exodus 7, we’ll read the story of ten different plagues that descended on Egypt. What we didn’t want was for you to read each day and think, “Oh, another day, another plague,” without really examining what God was doing and why. We not only want to understand what’s happening, but also why it’s happening. The plagues we’ll read about Monday through Friday set up the story of Passover–another example of God’s deliverance of His people.
While you’re reading, you’ll find yourself shaking your head at Pharoah, asking, “What’s it going to take for him to finally pay attention?” It’s a fair question. God uses these plagues to expose Pharaoh’s pride, but also gives him chance after chance to turn from evil. Too often, we act in a similar manner. We fall subject to our own pride and desires, yet God gives us chance after chance to repent.
As you read this week, think of this as a case study of Pharaoh and the danger of pride. Let’s not simply treat this like a history book, but let’s learn from this story ourselves and ask God to speak to us through His word this week.