Meaning of Old Testament Law Today (Intro)

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Introduction

A trend exist today where people brush aside the Laws and Protocols that God gave to Moses after the Israelites were lead out of Egypt. Just like people now, the people had a tendency to forget about God and His desires for them if it wasn’t continually in front of them. Even then, they tended to turn away from God. God lead His people with pillars of smoke by day and fire by night, He provided food and water when none were available, and He parted The Red Sea and The Jordan River! People assume that if God Himself walked up to take them by the hand, they would believe and follow. That is doubtful because everyone carries an expectation of what God would look like, and if He didn’t match that standard they wouldn’t accept Him or His provision. Proof is found when God did come to earth and was rejected by The Pharisee who had studied God and His prophecy all of their lives. They not only turned away but killed God’s Word made flesh because they disagreed with how God chose to present Himself. We all have a tendency to humanize God. We forget that what God is transcends our ability to comprehend Him fully. God, in His Grace, decided to help His chosen focus on Him through Laws and rituals that personified (1)His character, (2)kept order/ set apart His people, and (3)created relationship/brought attention to the Creator, Sustainer, and Lord of the universe. As with all things of the Old Testament, they were all shadows of the truths to come. Let’s look at a few ways we can identify with God as He shows us His character, desire for us, and desire for His kingdom.

Please look at this link and its list of the 613 commands of God in the Old Testament. Each one has a purpose to guide His people as well as create understanding of Him through their compliance.

http://www.hisglory.us/DOCUMENTS/613_biblical_laws.htm

PLAGUES OF EGYPYT (INTRO)

Exodus 7:14-12:32

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PLAGUE REFERENCE GOD
Nile Turned to Blood Exodus 7: 14-25 Khnum: guardian of the Nile

Hapi: spirit of the Nile

Osiris: giver of life (river was his blood steam)

Frogs Exodus 8: 1-15 Heqt: god of resurrection (form of frog)

Hapi: frog goddess of Egypt

Gnats (Lice) from dust Exodus 8: 16-19 Seb: Earth god of Egypt

Kheper: god of beetles an flies

Flies Exodus 8: 20-32 Uatchit: fly god of Egypt

Kheper: god of beetles an flies

Plague on Cattle Exodus 9: 1-7 Hathor: mother goddess (form of cow)

Apis: bull of Ptah, symbol of fertility

Mnevis: sacred bull of Heliopolis

Amon: god associated with bulls

Boils Exodus 9: 8-12 Imhotep: god of medicine

Sekhmet: goddess of epidemics

Serapis: god of healing

Hail Exodus 9: 13-35 Nut: sky goddess

Isis: goddess of life

Seth: protector of crops

Shu: god of the atmosphere

Locusts Exodus 10: 1-20 Serapia: protector from locusts

Isis: goddess of life

Seth: protector of crops

Darkness Exodus 10: 21-29 Re, Aten, Atum, Horas: All sun deities

Thoth: god of the moon

Death of the Firstborn Exodus 11: 1- 12-32 The deity of Pharaoh

Osiris: giver of life

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Everyone remembers the stories of the plagues of Egypt from Exodus. My first encounter was cartoon pictures on the wall of a Sunday school classroom! For the longest time I saw this part of the bible as God trying to open the eyes of Pharaoh. After some thought and a very enlightening bible study I saw God in a whole new light. The plagues served so many purposes. They showed the Israelites the power of the God they were about to follow out of Egypt. God showed Moses His power and instilled a faith in Moses that would last 40 years in the wilderness. God showed the Egyptians that the Israelites were sacred (set apart) to their God. My favorite and the reason for this post is God’s defiance of the gods of the Egyptians. They had faith that the gods they served and worshipped controlled their existence. I picture God with a little smile as he picked at the false gods of the Egyptians.

Continue on to the next 10 posts as we look into each of the plagues one by one and how each belief of the and the attachment to their gods were put on full display as futile, and how God’s Glory out shined them all.