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I Am Pharaoh

Exodus 8:8-11 (NIV)
8 Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to the LORD to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the LORD.”
9 Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.”
10 “Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said.
Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the LORD our God. 11 The frogs will leave you and your houses, your officials and your people; they will remain only in the Nile.”
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Exodus 8:24-28 (NIV)
24 And the LORD did this. Dense swarms of flies poured into Pharaoh’s palace and into the houses of his officials; throughout Egypt the land was ruined by the flies.
25 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God here in the land.
26 But Moses said, “That would not be right. The sacrifices we offer the LORD our God would be detestable to the Egyptians. And if we offer sacrifices that are detestable in their eyes, will they not stone us? 27 We must take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, as he commands us.”
28 Pharaoh said, “I will let you go to offer sacrifices to the LORD your God in the wilderness, but you must not go very far. Now pray for me.”

OBSERVATION
These plagues could not be replicated by Pharaoh's magicians. Even they acknowledged that this was from God. So, since Pharaoh couldn't control it, he started negotiating with Moses. And each time after reaching an "agreement," Pharaoh reneged.

APPLICATION
Too many times I've negotiated with God about my situation. If I cant put it off, that I'll agree to perform, but under my terms. Just as Pharaoh was considered to be "god-like," I must think of myself the same way if I think I can cut a deal with God. It's in those areas of my life that my own heart becomes hardened (or my "conscious seared" as the NT describes the condition).

In the areas where I'm just looking for an escape or relief, God is looking for change, submission, obedience.

PRAYER
Father, there is none as powerful or gracious as You. Forgive me for the areas in my life where I've become my own Pharaoh. Soften my heart.

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