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Exodus 8:6,7,15,16,18,19,24,25,28,31,32 So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land. But the magicians did the same things by their secret arts; they also made frogs come up on the land of Egypt… But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the ground,’ and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats.”… But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not. And the gnats were on men and animals. The magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the LORD had said… And the LORD did this. Dense swarms of flies poured into Pharaoh’s palace and into the houses of his officials, and throughout Egypt the land was ruined by the flies. Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God here in the land.”… Pharaoh said, “I will let you go to offer sacrifices to the LORD your God in the desert, but you must not go very far. Now pray for me.”… and the LORD did what Moses asked: The flies left Pharaoh and his officials and his people; not a fly remained. But this time also Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the people go.

Three more plagues are used by God to speak to Pharaoh and the Egyptians but three more times they chose to ignore God’s warnings.

It’s odd that God says He is the one who hardens Pharaoh’s hearts and He also is the one who sends Moses and Aaron to free the Israelites. Not the most efficient use of resources one would think. (more…)


Mark 3:1-6
Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

This morning, I read through the chapter several times wondering what passage I should write on because I was hoping for words of encouragement as many of us need it but this was the portion that stood out because it again showed our sinfulness. One of the tragedies of life is that regardless of how hard we try, our sinfulness comes in the way of everything we do and say. For those who feel otherwise, we are reminded time and time again in the word about this and it is a reality we deal with regardless of if we are saved or not. We always think about ourselves and our needs first before we think of anybody else and lastly about God. We cater to our own needs and work in our own dimension and this puts a skew on life.

In today’s passage, what Jesus did for the man was life altering and no human could ever do that, whether the world’s best doctor or magician. However, the hardhearted people of the time were not looking at the blessing from Jesus in the crippled man’s life and rather were focussing on the right and wrong of it. Are we the same? Do we judge with biased eyes? What blessing is this to our fellow humans? I am encouraged today to look at the suffering of people around us and pray healing and blessing in their lives and not judgement about what they did wrong and how they need to fix their issues. God through his spirit will convict and correct them but our duty is to invite God into the lives of the broken.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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