SERIES: The Religion of Trumpianity
Exodus 7:17 GNV
Now, Your Majesty, the Lord says that you will find out who he is by what he is going to do. Look, I am going to strike the surface of the river with this stick, and the water will be turned into blood.
Exodus 5:1-2 GNV
1 Then Moses and Aaron went to the king of Egypt and said, “The Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘Let my people go, so that they can hold a festival in the desert to honor me.’ “
2 “Who is the Lord?” the king demanded. “Why should I listen to him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord; and I will not let Israel go.”
Questions Pharaoh asked Moses
- God’s identity
Jeremiah 22:13-16 GNV – 13 Doomed is the one who builds his house by injustice and enlarges it by dishonesty; who makes his people work for nothing and does not pay their wages. 14 Doomed is the one who says, “I will build myself a mansion with spacious rooms upstairs.” So he puts windows in his house, panels it with cedar, and paints it red. 15 Does it make you a better king if you build houses of cedar, finer than those of others? Your father enjoyed a full life. He was always just and fair, and he prospered in everything he did. 16 He gave the poor a fair trial, and all went well with him. That is what it means to know the Lord.
2. God’s authority
God is a God of power and a God of protection.
I. Yahweh, the God of power
- The Nile turns into blood – Exodus 7:14-25 GNV
- Frogs cover every square foot of land – Exodus 8:1-15 GNV
- Gnats (mosquitos) – Exodus 8:16-19 GNV
- Swarms of flies – Exodus 8:20-32 GNV
- Plague on livestock – Exodus 9:1-7 GNV
- Boils – Exodus 9:8-12 GNV
- Hail and lightning – Exodus 9:13-35 GNV
- Locusts – Exodus 10:1-20 GNV
- Darkness – Exodus 10:21-29 GNV
- Death of firstborn son – Exodus 11:1, 4-10
Facts about the Plagues
- The plagues were natural and non-miraculous
Exodus 8:5 GNV – The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron to hold out his walking stick over the rivers, the canals, and the pools, and make frogs come up and cover the land of Egypt.”
Exodus 10:21-29 GNV – 21 The Lord then said to Moses, “Raise your hand toward the sky, and a darkness thick enough to be felt will cover the land of Egypt.” 22 Moses raised his hand toward the sky, and there was total darkness throughout Egypt for three days. 23 The Egyptians could not see each other, and no one left his house during that time. But the Israelites had light where they were living. 24 The king called Moses and said, “You may go and worship the Lord; even your women and children may go with you. But your sheep, goats, and cattle must stay here.” 25 Moses answered, “Then you would have to provide us with animals for sacrifices and burnt offerings to offer to the Lord our God. 26 No, we will take our animals with us; not one will be left behind. We ourselves must select the animals with which to worship the Lord our God. And until we get there, we will not know what animals to sacrifice to him.” 27 The Lord made the king stubborn, and he would not let them go. 28 He said to Moses, “Get out of my sight! Don’t let me ever see you again! On the day I do, you will die!” 29 “You are right,” Moses answered. “You will never see me again.”
- The hubris of leadership
Exodus 4:21 GNV – Again the Lord said to Moses, “Now that you are going back to Egypt, be sure to perform before the king all the miracles which I have given you the power to do. But I will make the king stubborn, and he will not let the people go.
Exodus 7:22 GNV – Then the king’s magicians did the same thing by means of their magic, and the king was as stubborn as ever. Just as the Lord had said, the king refused to listen to Moses and Aaron.
The reaction of an object, when confronted by an outside object, depends on the nature of the object
Core Christian Values
- To remain humbly aware of your sins and the need for forgiveness
1 John 1:8 GNV – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and there is no truth in us.
- Hunger and thirst for righteousness
Matthew 5:6 GNV – “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully!
- Love God and not things
1 John 2:15 GNV – Do not love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you do not love the Father.
Matthew 22:37 GNV – Jesus answered, ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
- Love others
John 13:34 GNV – And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Glorify God and not self
Isaiah 42:8 GNV – I alone am the Lord your God. No other god may share my glory; I will not let idols share my praise.
John 3:30 GNV – He must become more important while I become less important.
- A dedication to truth
John 8:44 GNV – You are the children of your father, the Devil, and you want to follow your father’s desires. From the very beginning he was a murderer and has never been on the side of truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is only doing what is natural to him, because he is a liar and the father of all lies.
- Empathy and advocacy for the poor and oppressed
Matthew 25:31-46 GNV – 31 “When the Son of Man comes as King and all the angels with him, he will sit on his royal throne, 32 and the people of all the nations will be gathered before him. Then he will divide them into two groups, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the righteous people at his right and the others at his left. 34 Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. 35 I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, 36 naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’ 37 The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ 40 The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Away from me, you that are under God’s curse! Away to the eternal fire which has been prepared for the Devil and his angels! 42 I was hungry but you would not feed me, thirsty but you would not give me a drink; 43 I was a stranger but you would not welcome me in your homes, naked but you would not clothe me; I was sick and in prison but you would not take care of me.’ 44 Then they will answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and we would not help you?’ 45 The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you refused to help one of these least important ones, you refused to help me.’ 46 These, then, will be sent off to eternal punishment, but the righteous will go to eternal life.”
II. God is a God of protection
Exodus 12:12-14 GNV – 12 “On that night I will go through the land of Egypt, killing every first-born male, both human and animal, and punishing all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. 13 The blood on the doorposts will be a sign to mark the houses in which you live. When I see the blood, I will pass over you and will not harm you when I punish the Egyptians. 14 You must celebrate this day as a religious festival to remind you of what I, the Lord, have done. Celebrate it for all time to come.”
Philippians 2:3-4 GNV – 3 Don’t do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves. 4 And look out for one another’s interests, not just for your own.
Exodus 9:15-16 GNV – 15 If I had raised my hand to strike you and your people with disease, you would have been completely destroyed. 16 But to show you my power I have let you live so that my fame might spread over the whole world.