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Introduction Our study will be one of the most memorable sermons you will ever hear. It will be one of the simplest sermons you will ever hear. It will be one of the most disgusting and sickening sermons you will ever hear. And there is a reason we will take this approach.
Introduction One of the biggest problems of mankind is the failure to see sin as bad as it is. We minimalize it, and we tolerate it, and we make excuses for it, and so on. We need to understand how God hates sin, and perhaps our method will allow us to see this. Let us turn to Exodus 8 for our lesson.
Exodus 8:1 “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘thus says the LORD, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. The Egyptians had turned the Israelites into slaves and were very harsh towards them. God’s people need to serve God, not man.
Exodus 8:2 “But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite your whole territory with frogs.” Here is a warning of what happens when one disobeys God. There will be consequences. Now, you might be thinking, why not fire and earthquakes and big major events? Why frogs?
Exodus 8:3 “And the Nile will swarm with frogs, which will come up and go into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed and into the houses of your servants and on your people, and into your ovens and into your kneading bowls”. Think about this, they will swarm everywhere. Imagine waking up with a frog on your face.
Exodus 8:4 “So the frogs will come up on you and your people and all your servants” This plague is just for the Egyptians at this time. Are you starting to feel a little creepy? Imagine if this room became full of frogs. Screaming, jumping up and down, and eeewwww.
Exodus 8:5 “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the streams and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt” Remember that Aaron was Moses’ brother, and God told Moses to use Aaron as his mouth piece. By using the third party, God’s power is demonstrated.
Exodus 8:6 “So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs camp up and covered the land of Egypt.” They were everywhere. Sure the little boys said “cool” or “awesome” for a while, and got a kick out of the little girls squealing and screaming. But before long, the frogs would start to annoy them as well, especially when it came around to dinner time and the frogs beat them to their meals.
Exodus 8:7 “And the magicians did the same with their secret arts, making frogs come up on the land of Egypt.” I do not know why the magicians were able to do some of the same things that Moses and Aaron did. Some of them thought that this was all trickery. They may have done something to convince Pharaoh that this was no big deal, and they were as powerful as the gods of the Israelites. This would have caused Pharaoh to not react.
Exodus 8:8 Now we have a change in the situation. “Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, “Entreat the LORD that He remove the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the LORD”. Finally Pharaoh gets it. God is more powerful than his magicians. Not to mention that Mrs. Pharaoh had probaly given him some grief about the frogs.
Exodus 8:9 “And Moses said to Pharaoh, “The honor is yours to tell me; when shall I entreat for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs be destroyed from you and your houses, that they may be left only in the Nile?” Notice that Pharaoh would decide when the frogs went away. Not too many people have been given this honor that God would allow them to tell Him when to do something.
Exodus 8:10 “Then he (Pharaoh) said, “tomorrow”. So he(Moses) said, “May it be according to your word, that you may know that there is no one like the LORD our God”. All of the plagues were to demonstrate the great power of God and that all should obey Him. But what idiot would put off such a horrible experience?
Exodus 8:11 “And the frogs will depart from you and your houses and your servants and your people; they will be left only in the Nile.” Moses told Pharaoh how it would happen. But think about this. Imagine the grief that Mrs. Pharaoh gave him when he could have been rid of the frogs immediately.
Exodus 8:12 Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried to the LORD concerning the frogs which He had inflicted upon Pharaoh” Moses offered and Pharaoh accepted, and thus Moses prayed for the frogs to be destroyed on the morrow. Moses knew it would happen, and somehow you just have to think that Pharaoh knew it also.
One More Night With The Frogs The Frogs Represent Sin God Hates Sin
Concerning Sin Like the frogs, it is filthy, disgusting, horrible, and bad. That is the way many treat sin. I am willing to stay in my depraved condition one more night. I will get rid of it tomorrow. In other words, hang on to it as long as possible.
Concerning Sin As the people would wish to be rid of the frogs, they should wish to be rid of sin. But they cannot do it themselves. That is left up to God. God set the conditions for the frogs to be gone, And God set the conditions for us to be free from sin.
Exodus 8:13 “And the LORD did according to the word of Moses, and the frogs died out of the houses, the courts, and the fields. The frogs died (except those in the Nile river). Oh, the joy…..but wait: What are we going to do with the dead frogs? Because you know every woman will go through her house top to bottom and get rid of those dead frogs. And where will they throw them? Out side onto the street or path or yard, or does it matter?
Exodus 8:14 So they piled them in heaps, and the land became foul.” Can you imagine the smell of millions of dead frogs? The lesson for us to learn is that even though we may have our sin removed from us, there may be lingering consequences of our previous actions. We can be forgiven, but may have to pay the price of our sins.
Exodus 8:15 You would think that Pharaoh would have learned his lesson. But you would be wrong. “But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not listen to them, as the LORD had said.” Most people treat sin the same way. While God offers salvation, many just change their minds, and decide to put off obedience until another day.
Conclusion Sin is bad. It is disgusting. The problem we have is that we do not view sin the same way God does. For many, they are not bothered by sin. But if you are concerned for your soul, you will become aware of your sin, and seek to have your sins removed, and not return to them. Do you want to go to heaven? Then start now by obeying the Lord’s command.