Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Thursday    January 21, 2010    Exodus 8-10 and Psalm 11

Exodus 9:16-17 (ESV)

But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth. 17 You are still exalting yourself against my people and will not let them go.

I don’t know about you, but as I read the story of the plagues that God sent against Egypt and Pharaoh I am amazed at the bullheadedness of this man Pharaoh. Each one of the plagues that we have read about so far is a direct attack on one the so called gods of Egypt. In each case God is showing the total impotence of the gods they worshiped and his total control over those areas of life. Everything that they had believed and trusted in was a sham. The more pressure that God put on, the more stubborn Pharaoh seemed to become. In verse 17 God says to Pharaoh, you are still exalting yourself . . . even though there has already been 6 plagues – plagues that Pharaoh nor his magicians could counteract — even though those magicians have said to Pharaoh this is the hand of God . . . in other words, Pharaoh we have entered into a battle against a living God! He is real and he is doing something here! Yet Pharaoh becomes more determined than ever to try and prove how powerful he is – how he is in control of what is going to take place. God in as much said Pharaoh, keep it up – because all you are doing is making sure that the rest of the earth is going to hear about who the greatest one is – they are going to know for sure who really rules in heaven and on earth.

The thing that strikes me this morning from this passage is that ever since Satan said to Eve in the garden that she would be like God if she ate the forbidden fruit, mankind continues with this pattern of wanting to exalt self. It is a struggle that we all have to some degree in our lives. We want to rule. We want our own way. We believe that our agenda is the right one. I believe that the story of Pharaoh is recorded as a warning to us beware of pride. Pride will make us stubborn. Pride will make us (for the lack of a better word) stupid! Moses wrote that Pharaoh’s heart was hardened . Instead of seeing the truth of the matter, he became more determined to have his way. It cost him everything. The Bible teaches us in Proverbs that pride leads to destruction. I wish I could say that we as Christians are exempt from such thinking – but that is not the case. That is why the Lord made sure to include in the Bible

1 Peter 5:5-6

Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

"God opposes the proud

but gives grace to the humble."

[6] Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

James 4:6-7

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

"God opposes the proud

but gives grace to the humble."

[7] Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.


Micah 6:8

He has showed you, O man, what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly with your God.

So my prayer today is Lord, have your way – may your will be accomplished – may your kingdom come. Lord, you are God and I am not. I choose to exalt you and your name above everything else in my life today. Amen

Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Thursday  January 21, 2010   Exodus 8-10 and Psalm 11

Friday       January 22, 2010   Exodus 11-13 and Psalm 12

Saturday   January 23. 2010   Exodus 14-15 and Psalm 13

Sunday     January 24, 2010   Exodus 16-17 and Psalm 14