God is just leading us on – to His glory
Exodus 7-9/Romans 1-3
7:16 Say to him, “The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say, Let my people go, so they can worship me in the wilderness.” Until now, you have refused to listen to him.
8:1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh once again and tell him, This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so they can worship me.”
:20 Next the LORD told Moses, “Get up early in the morning and meet Pharaoh as he goes down to the river. Say to him, This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so they can worship me.”
9:1 “Go back to Pharaoh,” the LORD commanded Moses. “Tell him, This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so they can worship me.”
:13 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning. Go to Pharaoh and tell him, The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so they can worship me.”
:35 Pharaoh refused to let the people leave, just as the LORD had predicted.
1:18-25 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves. For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. The result was that their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they became utter fools instead. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people, or birds and animals and snakes. So God let them go ahead and do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies. So they worshiped the things God made but not the Creator himself, who is to be praised forever. Amen.
2:29 No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not a cutting of the body but a change of heart produced by God’s Spirit. Whoever has that kind of change seeks praise from God, not from people.
OT Flash Points
As soon as the discomfort is lifted we tend to forget our promises to God
The process seems ridiculous unless there was more to it than getting Israel free
Object lesson in obstinacy
NT Flash Points
Illustration of the Old Testament passage above
God has been saying the same thing all along
Having faith is upholding the Law
Which makes a REAL Jew
The kind that is hated by the world, not because of their obstinacy but because they bank their lives on God’s perspective and look for His approval, not man’s
Insight into God always transforms
Keep beholding as in a glass, the glory of the LORD
The presence and person of the Spirit always frees and transforms