I really like going through the book of Ephesians.  I always remember what Jesus said when tempted by the devil.  “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” I have used that principle in my study of God’s word.  There are many words that tell this in these four verses.  The first is redemption.  It is like the devil is a pawnbroker and Christ by His blood bought us back.  Next He abounds to us in all wisdom and prudence.  A very important word is the three letter word “all” which leaves nothing short.
An interesting phrase is the mystery of His will.  I want to know everything I can of the will of God but like a detective we have to discover it.  Then we have the term, the dispensation of the fullness of the times.  That is when every due saint is where he needs to be gathered together with Christ and reigns with Him on the earth.  Some true saints will come down with Christ and others will be waiting for Him on earth.
The last thing I will say about this is the Holy Spirit our guarantee that we are His purchased possession.  He is the guarantee of our inheritance too.  I thank God for all this.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
This was to be the last plague that God would put on the Egyptians. The first ones affected even the Israelites but then toward the last only the Egyptians were affected.  This was to be a little different.  By faith they were to do something.  First they were to have the Egyptians give then articles of silver and gold.  If you notice it was said that the LORD gave the Israelites favor with the Egyptians and by now Moses was also looked at as almost like God as was already mentioned earlier in Exodus.
Killing of the Passover lamb and the blood on the doorposts is not mentioned in this chapter.  Definite instructions will be told in detail in the following chapters.  Now supposing an Israelite would say, “This is preposterous and I am not doing it.” Would his firstborn son be saved? Absolutely not!
Now I want to compare this with our Christian era.  All we have to do is believe that Christ died for our sins.  Some will say that is preposterous and not believe it.  They will not be saved.  I am thankful that as a really bad sinner I accepted it by faith sixty five years ago.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
 
Things I find interesting is that God said, “I have hardened Pharaoh’s heart.” People refuse the Bible because of words like this.  They may think of God as some ogre that has no heart.  Yet God says after, “that I may show these signs of Mine before him.”  There is a phrase in verse two, “That you (Pharaoh) may know that I am the LORD.” This quotation is prevalent many times throughout the Bible.  We can know the truth and the truth shall set us free.
There is another phrase we often in these few chapters use and it is, “Let My people go.” I want to emphasize the term, “My people”.  They were His people because of a covenant with Abraham and there was an outward sign of circumcision. In Genesis 1 they were to be in Egypt in affliction four hundred years and now the time was.  Pharaoh was to be pitied because he didn’t honor God’s timing.  This is for us too if we don’t pay attention to God’s timing and His ways.
Next locusts were said to have come and they did.  They filled the fields and the houses and ate up everything in sight.  Pharaoh said, “How long is this man going to be a snare to us, let them go that they may serve the LORD.” Is anything hindering us from serving Him?
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
 
In the first verse of this chapter Moses asks Pharaoh to let the people go.  It seems Moses mentions one purpose is that they may serve God.  I like that purpose.  I wonder if all Christians do have that purpose.  We are plagued with Christians who serve themselves.  I will pause here to ask you to look at the 40 plus years of Israel in the wilderness.  Were they serving God during those years? Even after their presence in the land of Canaan?  Look at the book of Judges.  We have to be careful that our serving God is not up and down or maybe for some not at all.
Now Moses promised by God first of all that the cattle would be infected with all kinds of diseases but God makes a difference that nothing would happen to the cattle belonging to Israel.  Surely this should be enough for Pharaoh but it hardened his heart all the more.  I think some of our politicians are of this characteristic but I don’t name parties.  God will judge.
There is one more plague in our verses.  Boils and sores all over people.  Is this going to do it?  At times you can’t crack a hard heart. We need to examine ourselves.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling
 
There are certain things in these verses that I am amazed about.  First I do want to say that God is always God and we are but men.  In my 65 years in Bible reading and teaching I learned not to question Him.  Without proper faith in God this story does not seem real.  However in my many years in the Old Testament (Genesis to Malachi) is a complete story in itself. It is sometimes prophetically sometimes symbolically but  God is going somewhere which will eventually introduce to us the Man who is God and the Man Jesus Christ.
Now these frogs as I said above without God’s hand in it are preposterous.  Just think of the power given to Moses, or perhaps in the rod of Aaron. Just one stretch out of that rod and the frogs came.  So many that they covered the land and were with the people even in their beds.  Now Moses asks Pharaoh when he wants Moses to take them away and Pharaoh said tomorrow.  It was true and the only ones left were in the rivers and streams.
Now the almost unbelievable thing is that Pharaoh hardened his heart.  Do you feel that some of that is happening in our world today?  So if this is true how are we to act?
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
I can’t be sure what Moses meant exactly when he said I am of uncircumcised lips.  Moses told God earlier that he couldn’t speak well and possibly that is all he meant.  What I find most interesting is when God said to him, “See I have made you as God to Pharaoh.” I am wondering whether this is only true of Moses to Pharaoh, or when we preach and the Holy Spirit leads us, or even speaks through us that it not the same principle.  It is a matter of having command as control.  Then of course I would have to watch my speech that it is of God and not too much of me.   
In the next verse it told him by God that he is to say all that God command and Aaron is to relay it to Pharaoh.  I hear an interesting term.  I will harden Pharaohs heart.  One thing I have learned about God is that He does what He wants and He doesn’t need to ask me whether I agree with Him or not.  That is why a lot of people will not accept Him. They sometimes feel they are nicer than God. I notice next the age of Moses and Aaron.  Both of them are a little less than my age and I would not like God to send me on a mission like that.  Of course it is God that is to equip them.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
Now that Moses reasons for not giving to Egypt were not accepted by God, it was now right to tell Pharaoh not their plan but God's.  It was first said to have a feast to God in the wilderness.  I am sure it took fortitude for Moses and Aaron to go to a powerful king like Pharaoh and tell him that.  I do want to say here when God paves the way it will work.  I need that kind of assurance in my own life also.
Pharaoh's answer was, "Who is the LORD that I should obey?" He ended by saying, "I do not know the LORD." I want to pause to say this, "Do words whether Israel carried any kind of testimony that would in any way influence Pharaoh or any of the Egyptians." Remember Joseph? He was a great influence to Pharaoh.  Even in the case of refusing Potiphar's wife she knew where he stood before God. With Joseph gone he was soon forgotten.
Eventually Moses and Aaron would win out, but it would not be easy.  It was their persistence. There again am I persistent enough to get something done for the Lord. After a lot of prayers and much time Moses and Aaron won out.  However it was really God who won out.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling 
 
Moses words in this chapter were, "suppose they will not believe me?" We have to be careful of that word suppose.  It could be a word of defeat.
Now God gives Moses a sign as to what He can do if God is with him.  God says, "What is in your hand?" Moses said, "A rod." God said, "Cast it on the ground." It became a serpent.  When by the command of God Moses reached out and grabbed it by the tail it became a rod again.  It was signs like this that was to make Israel believe.  I want to divert here to say, what do I have that God can use to accomplish God's purpose?  With this same rod God wrought miracles in Egypt.  It was the same rod who struck the Red Sea and it parted. It also let the Israelite's pass over and killed the Egyptians Army. The second sign was to have Moses put his hand in his bosom and it became leprous, then when putting his hand in his bosom a second time it was clean and restored.  This was a test of what was inside of Moses.
As I look over theses verses I could ask myself, "What am I really like and what are my motives?" It could tell a real tale.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
In these verses we find some interesting phrases and words.  For instance where was Moses leading sheep? It was the back of the desert. He was tending his father-in-law's sheep.  Now he comes to an interesting place called Horeb and in this verse called "the mountain of God".  He would return to this spot later after leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Strange things happen when you are around the mountain of God.  It was here the Angel of the LORD appeared to Moses like fire in a simple little bush. It looked strange to him that the bush didn't burn up.  I would like to say here if you are a believer in the Bible you will find interesting things.  If you hang around on the back side of the desert who knows what you will find.
Now the Angel calls him by name. I believe the bush was significant symbolically of Israel who went through a lot of trials but is a strong nation even today.
The Angel which I believe is preincarnate Christ told Moses, "Take off your shoes you are standing on holy ground." I wrote about that statement appearing in the magazine "Grace and Truth" in January 2019.  You are standing on holy ground and so am I.  Moses had to choose to obey or not.  Do I?
​Written by Pastor Curt Darling
 
We are coming here to a spot in Egypt where the Israelite's are being persecuted. Pharaoh was worried that Israel as a nation would overpower Egypt so he ordered the midwives to kill all the male babies that were to be born.  However the midwives feared God more than the Egyptians and God rewarded them for obeying Him. 
The next order was to throw all the male babies into the river and as we see in the next chapter that didn't work with Moses mother either. 
Some orders given out by the government in our day and age are still the same kind today.  What choice do we have but to go along with it or not obey.  However with me it must be to obey God and not man. The Bible is loaded with principles like that.  However it would be up to you and me what we are to do.  I choose to obey God rather than man.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling