Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February 28 (Ex. 11:1-12:20; Lk. 14; Job 29; 1 Cor. 15)

What do you think God loves the most? Some might answer that question by saying, “God loves us the most. He loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for us.” This is true. God loves us more than we can imagine, yet his love for us is an expression of a deeper love of His. This deeper love is the love that God has for His own glory. God loves for the awesomeness of who He is to be displayed so that His people can marvel at the greatness of His being.

We see this all over the Bible and certainly in Exodus 11:4-9. In this paragraph God is telling Moses to go to Pharaoh and warn him that if he did not let His people go God was going to kill all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt. Then God tells Moses something incredible. He tells him that Pharaoh will not listen, and then He gives Moses the reason why Pharaoh will not listen. What might that reason be? Verse 9 gives us the answer, “that MY wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.” God causes  the pagan ruler Pharaoh to refuse to listen to His warnings so that He would have opportunity again to show how awesome He was in being able to deliver His people with a strong hand. What is the lesson here? The lesson is that God does all things for His glory. God is entirely focused on Himself and this is not a bad thing. In fact if God were not this way He would not be worthy of our worship. All He does is for our glory. If this is the burden of God’s heart, how then are we striving to glorify Him today?

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