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  1. 'Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, .. "I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. .... Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, ...... and intreat the LORD your God, ........ that he may take away from me this death only." And he went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the LORD. And the LORD turned a mighty strong west wind, .. which took away the locusts, .... and cast them into the Red sea; ...... there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt. But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.' (Exodus 10:16-20) Praise God!
  2. 'And the LORD said unto Moses, .. "Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, .... that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, ...... and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left." And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, .. and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land .... all that day, and all that night; ...... and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. ........ And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, .......... and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: ............ very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, .. neither after them shall be such. .... For they covered the face of the whole earth, ...... so that the land was darkened; ........ and they did eat every herb of the land, .......... and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt. (Exodus 10:12-15) Praise God!
  3. 'And Pharaoh's servants said unto him, .. "How long shall this man be a snare unto us? .... let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God: ...... knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?" And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh: .. and he said unto them, "Go, serve the LORD your God: .... but who are they that shall go?" And Moses said, "We will go with our young and with our old, .. with our sons and with our daughters, .... with our flocks and with our herds will we go; ...... for we must hold a feast unto the LORD." And he said unto them, "Let the LORD be so with you, .. as I will let you go, and your little ones: .... look to it; for evil is before you. ...... Not so: go now ye that are men, and serve the LORD; ........ for that ye did desire. " And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence.' (Exodus 10:7-11) Praise God!
  4. Christine

    'Father of spirits' - Heb. 12:9

    'Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? ' (Heb 12:9) Hello again, I believe that the use of the word, 'Father', is important in this context: because of the illustration of parent and child; for the believer is born from above, born of God, and has been given a sonship spirit, whereby he can say, 'Abba, Father'. This is the privelage afforded the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. In Numbers 16:20-22, God is called, 'the God of the spirits of ALL flesh', but it is 'the redeemed', and not 'all flesh' that are referred to in Hebrews 12:9: to them God is 'the Father of spirits' ('our spirits' being intended in the text). Only the redeemed have a sonship spirit, only they can call God, 'Father'. God's chastening has an eternal benefit for all such. Praise His Name! In Christ Jesus Chris
  5. 'And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: .. and the LORD sent thunder and hail, .... and the fire ran along upon the ground; ...... and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. ........ So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, .......... very grievous, such as there was none like it ............ in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt .. all that was in the field, both man and beast; .... and the hail smote every herb of the field, ...... and brake every tree of the field. ........ Only in the land of Goshen, .......... where the children of Israel were, ............ was there no hail. And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, .. and said unto them, .... "I have sinned this time: ...... the LORD is righteous, ........ and I and my people are wicked. .......... Intreat the LORD (for it is enough) ............ that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; .............. and I will let you go, ................ and ye shall stay no longer." And Moses said unto him, .. "As soon as I am gone out of the city, .... I will spread abroad my hands unto the LORD; ...... and the thunder shall cease, ........ neither shall there be any more hail; .......... that thou mayest know how that the earth is the LORD'S. ............ But as for thee and thy servants, .............. I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD God." And the flax and the barley was smitten: .. for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled. .... But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: ....... for they were not grown up. And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, .. and spread abroad his hands unto the LORD: .... and the thunders and hail ceased, ...... and the rain was not poured upon the earth. And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, .. he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants. .... And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, ...... neither would he let the children of Israel go; ........ as the LORD had spoken by Moses.' (Exodus 9:23-35) Praise God!
  6. 'Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? ' (Heb 12:9) Hello there, I have had to reconsider my understanding of the words, 'the Father of spirits', for I thought that it refered to God as 'the Father' of spirits, or the 'author' of spirits, being the Creator of all things. However, I was not taking into consideration the context. Now I realise that it is the spirit of one who is born from above which is being referred to. Our earthly parents (who gave birth to us) discipline our earthy bodies which have a limited life-span, and will ultimately die; and we give them the subjection due to them. Should we not therefore be in subjection to the Father of our spirits, which have an eternal life expectation. Praise God! In Christ Jesus Chris
  7. 'Then the LORD said unto Moses, .. "Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, .... Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, ...... Let My People go, that they may serve me. For if thou refuse to let them go, .. and wilt hold them still, .... Behold, the hand of the LORD ...... is upon thy cattle which is in the field, ........ upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, .......... upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: ............ there shall be a very grievous murrain. And the LORD shall sever .. between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: .... and there shall nothing die of all that is the children's of Israel." And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, .. "To morrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land." And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, .. and all the cattle of Egypt died: .... but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, .. there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. .... And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, ...... and he did not let the people go.' (Exodus 9:1-7) Praise God!
  8. 'And the LORD said unto Moses, .." Rise up early in the morning, .... and stand before Pharaoh; ...... lo, he cometh forth to the water; .......... and say unto him, "Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, .. that they may serve me. .... Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, ...... behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, ........ and upon thy servants, .......... and upon thy people, ............ and into thy houses: .............. and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, ................ and also the ground whereon they are. And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, .. in which my people dwell, .... that no swarms of flies shall be there; ...... to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD ........ in the midst of the earth. (Exodus 8:20-22) Praise God!
  9. Christine

    Alive unto God

    Hello there, I have just returned home from visiting family members. One talked of his favourite musicians, of his life and death, having been addicted to drink and drugs and finally taking his own life. Into my mind came a verse which has often come into my mind during this last year (1 Peter 2:11-12). 'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1 Peter 2:11-12) 'That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.' (Ephesians 4:22-24) * I thank God that I was able to share this with him: for these fleshly lusts are 'deceitful lusts' which war against the soul: or the whole man, the body energized by the spirit of life making a living soul. * These lusts at their worst can become addictions, in which the body is deceived into dependence upon them: such as drink, drugs, and other cravings of the flesh best left unspoken. Leading to depravity or death. * As these verses show, we who are saved by grace, are to put on the new man, by faith: by reckoning on the total sufficiency of the finished work of Christ and His all-sufficent sacrifice for sin. For we have been identified with Christ in His death, burial, quickening, resurrection and ascension to God's right hand: this is the Spirit's baptism: so have died with Christ to the flesh and all it's claims, and been raised to newness of life before the Father, in Him. We are dead unto sin and alive unto God. Believe it! Rejoice in it! For the righteousness of God has been imputed to us, in Christ Jesus our Saviour, Lord and Head. Praise His Holy Name. In Christ Jesus Chris
  10. 'And the LORD spake unto Moses, .. "Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, .... Thus saith the LORD, ...... Let my people go, ........ that they may serve me. And if thou refuse to let them go, .. behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, .. which shall go up and come into thine house, .... and into thy bedchamber, ...... and upon thy bed, ........ and into the house of thy servants, .......... and upon thy people, ............ and into thine ovens, .............. and into thy kneadingtroughs: ................ And the frogs shall come up both on thee, .................. and upon thy people, .................... and upon all thy servants.' (Exodus 8:1-4) Praise God!
  11. 'This know also, .. that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, .. covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, .... disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, ...... Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, ........ incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, .......... Traitors, heady, highminded, ............ lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; .............. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: ................ from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, .. and lead captive silly women laden with sins, .... led away with divers lusts, ...... ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, .. so do these also resist the truth: .... men of corrupt minds, ...... reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: .. for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, .... as theirs also was.' (2 Timothy 3:1-9) Praise God! For His foreknowledge and forewarning of this counterfeit.
  12. 'And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: .. but they hearkened not unto Moses .... for anguish of spirit, ...... and for cruel bondage. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, .. "Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, .... that he let the children of Israel go out of his land." And Moses spake before the LORD, saying, .. "Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; .... how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?" And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, .. and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, .... and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, ...... to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.' (Exodus 6:9-13) Praise God!
  13. Christine

    Parasha "VaEra" (and I appeared) EX 2:6-9:35

    That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.' (Ephesians 2:12-13) Hello Jacob, This is the second of your entries that I have read, and I have loved the detail you have given, and the comparisons you have made. Yet I find myself at odds with you too. For as a member of the Church which is His Body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all, I am not a part of Israel as a nation, but have been brought nigh unto God, in Christ. The promises which are mine in Christ are 'all spiritual blessings', and not the promises of 'basket and store' that Israel was blessed with, or the millennial blessings yet to come. The place where my inheritance, in Christ, with be enjoyed is far above all heavens, in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, and not in the New Jerusalem which will come down from heaven to the new earth. The calling, hope and blessings associated with the Church which is the Body of Christ are unique, and distinct from that of Israel, as can be seen by a reading of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon. The epistles written concerning the fellowship of the mystery revealed by God to Paul, following Israel's departure into blindness (temporarily) at the end of the Acts period. Within the love of Christ our Saviour, our risen Lord and Head. Chris
  14. 'And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. .. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, .... and cut off the foreskin of her son, ...... and cast it at his feet, and said, ........ "Surely a bloody husband art thou to me." So He let him go: then she said, .. "A bloody husband thou art, .... because of the circumcision."' (Exodus 4:24-26) Praise God! For He is a Holy God. (Genesis 17:9-13) "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Hebrews 10:31)
  15. 'By faith Moses, when he was come to years, .. refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; .... Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, ...... than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: .. for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, .. not fearing the wrath of the king: .... for he endured, ...... as seeing Him who is invisible.' (Hebrews 11:24-27) Praise God! 'For He (God) saith to Moses, .. "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, .... and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." So then it is not of him that willeth, .. nor of him that runneth, .... but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, .. "Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, .... that I might shew My power in thee, ....... and that My Name might be declared throughout all the earth." Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, .. and whom He will He hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, .. "Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?" Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? .. Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, .... "Why hast thou made me thus?"' (Romans 9:15-20) Praise His Holy Name!