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Knowest Thou Not Yet That Egypt Is Destroyed?

“And Pharoah’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?” (Exodus 10:7)

As I begin to write about each new book of the Bible on this blog,
I have a rough idea of the high points in that book that I would like
to talk about. Having a sort of “mental draft” already in place
as I sit down to write on each new chapter, my normal practice is to
read and re-read the text a couple of times to remind myself of what
I originally had in mind before I prayerfully proceed. To be honest,
I almost skipped over Exodus Chapter 10 as I was preparing to write
this week because I really didn’t have anything I wanted to comment
about it. Here we have two more plagues (the locusts and the
darkness), more ultimatums given by Moses and Aaron, and more
hard-hearted stubbornness on the part of Pharaoh. Since we
previously looked at Pharaoh’s “final compromise”, a
compromise in which he offered to let the Israelites go as long as
they left their property behind, it seemed to me that there remained
little new material to develop from this chapter, the events serving
primarily as further steps escalating the showdown between the Living
God and the gods of Egypt.

But then I came to Verse 7 and, more
specifically, the final clause in that verse: “Knowest thou not
yet that Egypt is destroyed?”
That question hit me like a
hammer. My first thought was that these pleading words came from the
lips, not of Moses or Aaron, but of Pharaoh’s own advisors. How
stubborn was this man that even the counsel of his most trusted inner
circle fell upon deaf ears? How proud, how arrogant, how headstrong
was this ruler that even the suffering of those whom he governed
failed to sway his opinion, the pain of those whom it was his duty to
protect having absolutely no effect upon his resolve? One simple
word, one command from this sovereign was all that it would have
taken for their torment to cease, and they reminded him as much. Yet
Pharaoh does little more than make promises he has no intention of
keeping and offers unacceptable compromises.

Looking beyond the immediate context of
the miserable imploration of Pharaoh’s inner circle, the
entreatment Knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?
took on a more metaphorical meaning for me as I considered it. The
haunting words of Solomon echoed within my mind: “Vanity of
vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity

(Eccl. 1:2). How many of those with whom I have contact every day do
not yet realize that “Egypt is destroyed?” How many
people living right around me are suffering daily the consequences of
their rebellion against God, yet they refuse to see that their own
little kingdom is crumbling around them? The devastating effects of
judgment are rippling though their lives like a whirlwind, destroying
all of their own strongholds, defeating everything that they have
worshipped as a god in their own lives, everything that they have
elevated to the place where their Creator rightfully belongs. The
voices of reason plead with them as Pharaoh’s own counselors did,
begging them to surrender, pleading with them to give in and let the
God Who loves them have His way in their life, to let the Lord save
them from the destruction of their own hands. Still they do not yet
see that Egypt is utterly destroyed! As did the King of
Egypt, these hard-hearted rebels refuse to set aside their pride,
they will not concede that their world is crashing around them, that
their days are numbered and their time is short. That final Judgment
is coming.

Finally, these word hit a lot closer to
home. Knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed? I am a
child of God and a servant of Jesus Christ and am not in open
rebellion against the Lord, but do I, too, refuse at times to see
that “Egypt is destroyed“? Am I living my life every day
with the somber recognition that this world is passing away (1 John
2:17)? Am I loving Egypt, refusing to see that it is coming
to utter ruin, a part of me reluctant to depart a world that is not
my home? Surely we are in the world, yet not of the
world (John 17:16), knowing that this present world system will not
remain. Am I standing before the people of this world as an
ambassador of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:20), as Moses stood before
Pharaoh, warning them of the judgment to come, pleading with them to
soften their heart and let God have His way in their life, or have I,
too, become insensitive to the fact that the things of this world are
coming to naught?

Egypt is already destroyed,
whether we yet realize it or not. God has not called any of us to
save the world
, because this world system is coming under
irrevocable judgment. I get busy at times with the day-to-day
responsibilities of life and lose sight of this. Sometimes, I forget
that the ship I am standing on is sinking. We are not commissioned by
our Lord to try to save the ship, we are commissioned to show the
other passengers where the Life Boat is. Let us never forget that
this ship is sinking, that this world is coming to an end. Egypt
is destroyed
. We are going to leave Egypt someday and
head for the Land of Promise. May we never lose sight of this. This
world is not our home.

May the Lord richly bless you. To God
goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

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16 responses

  1. I’m so glad that you went back to this chapter. :) What God highlighted to you is just so relevant to today. For me too. Thank you for helping put it again, front and center, what I am here for.
    And Loren, I recently read a prophecy about judgment coming for the nations and yes, the USA was basically to be quite taken down and out. It’s not a fear I feel, but a sadness. In your post you talk about us not being called to save the world, but to show them the Life Boat. It all drives home by need to pray more and more.
    Thank you and God bless you! And congratulations for being on Linda’s Tuesday Three! :)

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  2. Loren,

    “Egypt is already destroyed, whether we yet realize it or not. God has not called any of us to save the world, because this world system is coming under irrevocable judgment.”

    That is a good observation that few care to consider…. Today’s obstinate defiance, throughout the whole world, against the Lord and salvation through Jesus Christ alone throughout is definitely bringing about God’s irrevocable judgment…. The world laughs at the idea of God’s Judgment Day and let their hearts become even more hardened.

    As the time approaches, may our hearts totally trust in the love and salvation given to us in Christ Jesus — in spite of whatever sorts of challenges we might face.

    Margaret

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  3. Loren,
    I just spotted a bunch of typos and should have proofread before submitting….

    Margaret

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  4. Thanks, Deb :)

    I know that I tend to get caught up in worrying about the things going on in our world/nation. It absolutely breaks my heart to see the direction that the United States is going in. So much has changed in just the last decade or two, it’s astounding. I don’t understand how it is that people cannot see that we are heading down the same road that so many other once prosperous nations have gone; and it all begins when a nation turns their back on God, something that the United States is doing today with great zeal.

    I used to watch a lot of Cable news shows, but I just can’t do it anymore. It is so easy to get emotionally involved in current events (at least for me!) and we already know how this is all going to end. Praise God that our business is not to try to fix this world, but to share the Gospel. You’re absolutely right: we need to pray more and more indeed!

    Thanks, Deb, for sharing your wonderful thoughts on this…I really enjoy reading what the Lord is showing you :) It is such an honor to be on Linda’s Tuesday Three, I am blessed by her kindness.

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  5. “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. ” (2 Peter 3:3-4)

    We see so much of this kind of thinking today, and it is only getting worse. People make the mistake of believing that judgment delayed is judgment withheld. They laugh and scoff at the idea that God will ever hold them accountable for their sins. The more time that passes, the harder the hearts of people become. Right down the road from where I live is a huge billboard announcing the “Bible’s guarantee” that Judgment Day and the Rapture will positively occur on May 21, 2011. I can only imagine the ridicule and scoffing that will occur on May 22 when everything remains as it did the day before. So many non-believers fail to differentiate the voices of the false teachers from genuine Christian doctrine, misinterpreting the position of those on the fringe with orthodox Christianity. How many hearts will become even colder to the things of God by this latest “date setter?”

    “As the time approaches, may our hearts totally trust in the love and salvation given to us in Christ Jesus.” Amen to that, Margaret :) Thank you so much, Margaret for sharing your comments about this post…I am always blessed by your awesome insights!

    P.S. – I didn’t really notice any typos; I think I understood everything you were saying. Speaking of, on a side note, have you had any trouble lately with formatting issues on WordPress? Every time I try to insert a picture into my posts anymore, my paragraphs get squished together, the picture gets moved to the middle, (even though I tell it to insert to the left), and everything goes wacky! I had to finally delete the picture I put into this post and, as you can see, the paragraphs still didn’t come out right. Just wondering if this is happening to anyone else.

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  6. Loren,
    I haven’t had any problems with a picture lately, but the unusual thing I see is that everything on most WP posts is in bold italics…. I had a problem with a graphics card update and thought that was the problem, but really have no clue…. I don’t really know what to do with tomorrow’s post, as I’m not sure what the font controls are really doing.

    Not too long ago, when I had a problem with positioning a picture, I told Support about it and they fixed it within a day or so.

    It’s hard to believe the billboard in your community…. Don’t these “Bible-believing people” read the Bible enough to realize that absolutely no one will know when Christ will come?…. Jesus Himself said He would come as a thief in the night…. That’s how cults get started.

    Having God’s word is such a tremendous blessing…. For that reason we need to use it with the greatest respect and reverence, lest we, ourselves, get carried away with man-made ideas.

    Margaret

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  7. Thank you, Loren

    ” Knowest Thou Not Yet That Egypt Is Destroyed?”
    This one line caught my attention and even after I read this well-put together piece, this line kept bouncing off my brain.

    “I am a child of God and a servant of Jesus Christ and am not in open
    rebellion against the Lord, but do I, too, refuse at times to see
    that “Egypt is destroyed“? Am I living my life every day
    with the somber recognition that this world is passing away (1 John
    2:17)? “

    Margaret’s Blog today spoke about the will of God. Tonight at rehearsals we were talking about making His desires our priority and how urgently we need to get the Word out to those who have not yet heard. There’s a stirring in the air … Egypt has already been destroyed. While we wait for the physical manifestation, we must run with the Word! Missions is about going to ‘the uttermost parts of the earth’ as much as it is about sharing Him with those we meet on our daily walk.

    “We are not commissioned by our Lord to try to save the ship, we are commissioned to show the other passengers where the Life Boat is.”
    There goes the burning in my heart again…How many of those we come across have no idea that the sand in the hourglass is running out? How many know that the Pharoah has been defeated and that the end of the age as we know it is not far away? How many know that the destruction of Egypt means His return is not far away? People in general will not laugh and scoff at what they believe to be true. They are not convinced that the message we bring is true so they don’t buy into it. Some of us who know God don’t even live like we believe, so why should they? :-(

    The destruction of Egypt also spells liberation for those who have been living under the rule of the Pharoah. We take it one day at a time knowing that a break is coming soon. If we look closely enough, we will see the clouds gathering. It’s going to happen one of these days and the day is not far away!

    I have been walking through a process that I don’t understand but I have told God that my life is in His hands so I choose to leave it alone. Egypt is destroyed!

    Blessings and thank you so much for being a voice in these “latter days”

    Anticipative,
    ann

    P.S. – not sure if I did the link to Margaret’s blog correctly. Please modify as needed. Thanks.

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  8. Ooops…

    I got the link right but not the bold :-)

    Thanks for fixing. :-)
    ann

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  9. Looks like the formatting for your post for today turned out OK, I’m relieved for you :) I guess I should contact Support about my picture issues…sounds like they were helpful to you.

    It amazes me, too, that there are still folks who try to set dates for Christ’s return. I remember reading about all of the people back in the mid-Nineteenth Century who became disillusioned with Christianity due to the Millerite movement and the founding of Seventh-Day Adventism and Jehovah’s Witnesses who all made rash predictions about the coming return of Christ. It’s never does any harm to those who are familiar with Scripture, but it does great harm to those unfamiliar with the Word of God, believing that these people speak on behalf of all Christians.

    “Having God’s word is such a tremendous blessing…. For that reason we need to use it with the greatest respect and reverence, lest we, ourselves, get carried away with man-made ideas.”

    Absolutely, well said :) Let none of us think that we are incapable of mishandling the Word. It is so important that we approach Scripture with a sound method, comparing Scripture with Scripture, searching the whole counsel of God, and relying on the Spirit as our Guide. I read some of the literature from the website put out by the group who owns the billboard I mentioned (I am always curious to see the line of thought behind false teachings; how it is they reached their conclusions). It is another example of one man believing he has an inside track and that God has revealed something to him that He has shown no one else. How sad.

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  10. Awesome and uplifting comments, Ann, thanks :)

    This post was mostly focused on the negative aspect, but you remind us of the flip-side of the coin. Egypt is destroyed, but there is time left for those in Egypt! There is a stirring in the air, indeed, and it is awe-inspiring to see how the Spirit of God is moving. Sometimes it is easy to focus on how bad things are getting in this world, but we must never forget that God is still busy drawing a remnant to Himself.

    Thanks for the encouraging thoughts, Ann, may the Lord bless you as you continue to get out His Word :)

    P.S. – I fixed the bold fonts. It’s funny, I just started getting brave enough to attempt to add markups when I comment in other people’s blogs yesterday….I ended up hitting the wrong key over on Linda Krushke’s blog and half my comment was in italics! Oh well, I’m sure I will get better at it.

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  11. Loren, Whenever I see one of your posts in my subscription list, I know I have to set aside time to read carefully, to study and ponder what you have to say. This post was great! Egypt is destroyed! Hallelujah! It is sad that so many don’t realize this wonderful truth, that Egypt is destroyed and the Promised Land is right in front of them.

    I was reminded of an article I read the other day about the effect of the economy and technology changes on law firms. Some of the biggest firms are folding or in danger of collapse because of both of these things (or so the article claimed). The article said that gone are the days of $2m per partner profits for big firms. I was astounded by such greed that someone would think $2m in profits for a single person made any sense, but that is the way of our world that big money is the driving force, the god, of so many. They don’t even realize that this false god will not sustain them and that they can’t take it with them, that their little kingdom is already destroyed.

    I really loved this line: “We are not commissioned by our Lord to try to save the ship, we are commissioned to show the other passengers where the Life Boat is.” I also wonder if sometimes I forget this important point. Jesus’ Great Commission was to go and make disciples of all nations. It wasn’t to save the nations as they were or to even save the earth. It was to draw people to Him, to show them how to follow Him.

    Finally, I love that you didn’t skip this book and that God showed you something you didn’t expect in it. I had that happen a week or two ago with 2 Chronicles 34-35 and ended up writing a blog post about it. I was frustrated with the repetive nature of Chronicles and didn’t want to read it, but when I was obedient and did, God showed me something wonderful. Thank you for sharing what God revealed to you in this seemingly repetitive chapter of Exodus. Peace, Linda

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  12. I’ve read several of John Grisham’s books and it seems that one thing they all have in common is a huge payday for the protagonist (usually a young attorney who recently passed the Bar or just signed on with their first firm). It’s as if this is the ultimate fantasy for all young lawyers: multi-million dollar cases right out of Law School! It’s unfortunate that the legal profession is so saturated with individuals who enter the field for no other reason than to reap obscene profits from other people’s misfortune.

    Your experience with what the Lord showed you in 2 Chronicles sounds awesome :) It’s amazing the nuggets of Truth that God has placed in even some of the most seemingly mundane passages of Scripture.

    Thank you so much, Linda, for your encouraging comments. I am glad that you are getting something out of these posts :)

    Loren

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  13. Loren, Thankfully not ALL young lawyers just want a big payday. There are many who go to law school because they want to help people, and then work in legal aid to assist low income people and get very little pay, or just make a decent living without getting filthy rich. Peace, Linda

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  14. I am certain there are some who are genuinely interested in helping others. This is why I find it so odd that Grisham (a former practicing attorney himself, I believe) would write so stereotypically of those in the legal field. His stories are entertaining, but it just seems that no matter how noble the character’s intentions are at helping the “little guy”, they always end up socking it to big business and landing a huge windfall. I haven’t read all of his books (so my opinion may be premature), but I did find “The Testament” refrshingly different with themes of faith and redemption interwoven into the story…if I remember it correctly, however, the lawyer still netted a nice return in legal fees :)

    Praise God for those in all professions who are good and faithful representatives of Him, working as unto the Lord in whatever calling they find themselves.

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  15. Hello Loren,

    I read this article, several days ago. It’s wonderful that you have your ear to God’s mouth, and that you have a mind to follow the prodding of the Lord! What a word, for such a time as this! The relevance of verse 7 in Exodus chapter 10, to what is happening in today’s world system, is quite conspicuous, to say the least!

    Pharaoh’s advisers were attempting to get through to a proud, self-centered, hardhearted and stiffnecked individual, who had the power to bring the suffering of his own constituents to an end. Yet, because of the stance he took, the suffering continued. Your post is cause for pause, and a time of reflection, on our own Christian walks. Are we also able to prevent the coming suffering of those we love, and those we are acquainted with, etc., yet, we fail to go about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, to a lost and dying world? Are we failing to share in our little spaces in the world, as we should? It becomes even more difficult, when false teachers make false accusations worldwide, as it pertains to what the Word REALLY says, about Salvation! It causes those who need to hear the word, to drift away from us even more, because they are now saying things that mock the gospel of Jesus Christ, all the more. However, we must press on, and we must continue to do the bidding of the Lord, to a world which is being deceived by false doctrine and false teachers. We must cry out, in spite of the “NOISE”, of this present world. Yes, “Egypt is destroyed.” I also like the statement, “We are not commissioned by our Lord to save the ship, we are commissioned to show the other passengers where the Life Boat is.”

    Thank you for sharing this most thorough and thought-provoking post! May God continue to richly bless you, as you continue to go about doing the Lord’s bidding!

    Paulette

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  16. Thank you, Paulette, for your kind words of encouragement :) I have been in the process of moving and have been “offline” for several days now…it’s great to be back up on the ‘Net.

    What sobering observations you have made! May we be ever-obedient to the Lord’s Great Commission, sharing the Gospel with all of those in our own circle of influence. I am sure that many of our spiritual ancestors in centuries past felt likewise, but it does seem that we live in an especially challenging era as far as evangelism goes. The convenient and ready access to so many different voices out there, the “NOISE” of this present world as you accurately called it, makes it exceptionally difficult for the True Gospel to penetrate the cacophony of false doctrines. This most recent debacle of a failed “prophecy” is yet another loss of credibility for genuine Christianity in the minds of those who fail to differentiate between those who belong to Christ and those who presume to speak their own misguided ideas in His name. As you mentioned, it causes the lost to drift even further away and to mock the Word of God saying,

    “…Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2 Peter 3:4)

    These “false alarms” do little more than encourage cynicism and reinforce skepticism among those who do not know our Lord. Yet we know that God will continue to save, He will continue to draw a people to Himself. We must press on, indeed, and continue to share His Word until that Glorious Day that He does come for us….or else we go to be with Him first.

    Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts on this post. May God richly bless you :)

    In Christ,

    Loren

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