Where Do We Put Our Faith

For the longest time, I have wondered why the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh when dealing with the Israelites in Exodus. After reading Exodus 14 today, it became clearer. The Egyptians did not worship God. They believed in their own gods and it was in them that they placed their faith. Their culture was also deeply embedded in those beliefs.  Their hearts and minds belonged to that culture.

Then I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord.” And they did so. Exodus 14:4 NKJV

The Lord was looking to gain honor over Pharaoh, the leader of the Egyptians. He was after the hearts of the Egyptians, that they may know who He is. When Pharaoh pursued the Isrealites, they called out to the Father of Heaven and Earth. The mightiest army was pursuing the Isrealites.  It caused the children of Isreal to even question why the Lord had brought them out of Egypt – to die by the hand of the Egyptian army? They even question who they serve.

Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.” Exodus 14:12 NKJV

Moses provides the answer. It is the salvation of the Lord in which he delivers us from death. It is in Him that we can have peace.

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:13-14

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Trust in the Lord, and Do Good

Psalm 37 reveals many key truths that stood out to me today.

  • Do not fret, nor be envious of evildoers. They will be cut down like grass and wither. (v. 1-2)
  • Trust in the Lord (v. 3)
  • Do good (v. 3)
  • We can be nourished by His faithfulness (v. 3)
  • Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart (v. 4)
  • Commit your way to the Lord (v. 5)
  • The Lord brings forth your righteousness and justice like a light (v. 6)
  • Rest in the Lord (v. 7)
  • Wait patiently for the Lord. Those who do will inherit the earth. (v. 7, 9)
  • Cease from anger and forsake wrath (v. 8)
  • The meek shall inherit the earth, and delight in an abundance of peace. (v. 11)
  • The Lord laughs at the wicked who plot against the just. He sees that his day is coming. (v. 12, 13)
  • The wicked man borrows but does not repay (v. 21)
  • The righteous man shows mercy and gives (v. 21)
  • The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord (v. 23)
  • The righteous speak justice and wisdom, the law of God is in his heart (v. 30, 31)
  • The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord (v. 39)
  • The righteous receive strength from the Lord in times of trouble (v. 39)

 

Trust in the Lord, and He will save us. He will deliver us. (v. 40)

Salvation of Man, Who is a Little Lower than the Angels

Hebrews Chapter 2 continues to reveal so many amazing truths. Imagine if we had to live a life following God’s word 100% of the time without failure. Now imagine that every time we disobeyed God, through thought and action, it was recorded. Now, I stand before God at the end of my life ready to receive my rightful reward. I know that for myself, this would not be something I would look forward to.

Hebrews 2 describes the “escape” from this snare.

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him… Hebrews 2:1-3 NKJV

We must cling to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the anchor that keeps us from “drifting away”, or forgetting what we’ve heard and living a life separate from Him. The only way for me to escape my sin (and death) is for me to trust in the salvation that Jesus shared with us. He experienced death so that we may live.

Who am I that should receive Christ? Who are we that God gave His only Son to save us?  We were made “a little lower than the angels” and yet, He has put all things of this world under us.

For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying:

“What is man that You are mindful of him,
Or the son of man that You take care of him?
You have made him a little lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,
And set him over the works of Your hands.
You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” Hebrews 2:5-8 NKJV

If we trust the message of Jesus Christ, we become the “seed of Abraham.” Jesus calls us His brethren. Satan had the power over death and accused us to God, but Jesus destroyed his hold over death that we might escape bondage. What an amazing honor to partake in such a gift as this. He is loving, merciful and faithful. I also pray, let us not forget what He has done, what He has shared and who He is.

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. Hebrews 2:14-18 NKJV