Nothing but the Blood
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Now as you're turning to the book of Exodus .. keep in mind that this book is all about "the way out." That is … the way out of bondage. And for you who are living in bondage .. whether you're in bondage to an ungodly lifestyle or some habit that has dogged you for years .. the good news is that there is a way out! And that way out is what I want to talk to you about today.
So take God's word and turn with me to Exodus 12. When Moses confronted Pharaoh with the message from God, "Let My people go" … Pharaoh asked in 5.2, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go." Today, people are still asking the same question.
So .. the LORD introduced Himself to Pharaoh and the Egyptians by sending ten plagues. Those plagues were God's calling card to introduce Himself.
Exodus 7.5, "And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the children of Israel from among them." Those ten plagues let Pharaoh and the Egyptians know who He was.
Now if that wasn't enough .. each plague was directed at one of the false gods of Egypt. Those plagues were the battle of the gods. Exodus 12.12, "For I will pass through the land on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD."
Now as you come to chapter 12 .. the land of Egypt was in ruins. Pharaoh and the Egyptians had experienced the first nine plagues with the final blow right around the corner and we read in 11.10, "So Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh; and the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go out of his land."
Now somebody says, "Why would God harden Pharaoh's heart?" Well .. as you read through these chapters .. sometimes it says that God hardened his hear ...
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