Where have you seen God at work this week?
Read // Exodus 10:12-29
Blood. Frogs. Gnats. Flies. Disease. Boils. Hail. Locusts. Darkness. Nine life-altering plagues and still Pharaoh’s stubbornness of heart keeps him from letting the Hebrews go to worship their God. Pharaoh’s power over God’s people will end, and the slaves will walk away with the riches of their Egyptians masters.
Like the Israelites, we are also born into slavery — not to an earthly kingdom, but to the kingdom of darkness (Colossians 1:13). Our master isn’t of flesh and blood. Our master is sin, and our freedom, like the Israelites’ will come through the death of a firstborn.
When the Son emptied Himself and was born as a human He was God’s firstborn son (Hebrews 1:6). He came to reveal the kingdom of God. He died to destroy the kingdom of darkness. All who call on Jesus for salvation are set free from slavery to sin and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a completely new and redeemed life (John 8:34-36). Even though we have been set free from sin and the domain of darkness, we still return to our former enslaved existence.
God brought the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt to show Himself to the world as a redeemer of slaves. Jesus rescued us from slavery to sin for the same reason.
What area of your life that does not reflect the freedom Jesus brought for you?
Spend some time marveling at the wondrous works of Jesus on your behalf. Ask the Spirit to keep those works ever before you and to give you the strength to live in freedom.