Exodus 10 … Consider His Realm of Jurisdiction

His Realm of Jurisdiction, as conveyed in Exodus 10, is without boundaries, is not confined by time and is only limited if He so chooses. There is nothing in all creation outside His Realm of Jurisdiction.

Consider His Realm of Jurisdiction

  • His Realm of Jurisdiction encompasses humanity.
    • “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants,” (10:1).
      • “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27).
  • His Realm of Jurisdiction encompasses the nations.
    • “Pharaoh’s servants said to him, ‘How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God. Do you not realize that Egypt is destroyed?’” (10:7).
      • “…And all the families of the nations will worship before You.
        28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s
        And He rules over the nations,” (Psalm 22:27-28).
  • His Realm of Jurisdiction encompasses the physical world.
    • “…and the Lord directed an east wind on the land all that day and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts… So the Lord shifted the wind to a very strong west wind which took up the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea; not one locust was left in all the territory of Egypt,” (10:13, 19).
      • The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains,
        The world, and those who dwell in it,” (Psalm 24:1).
  • His Realm of Jurisdiction encompasses the supernatural world.
    • “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness which may be felt.’ 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. 23 They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the sons of Israel had light in their dwellings,” (10:21-23).
      • “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all,” (1 John 1:5).
  • His Realm of Jurisdiction encompasses the future.
    • “…and that you may tell in the hearing of your son, and of your grandson, how I made a mockery of the Egyptians and how I performed My signs among them, that you may know that I am the Lord, (10:2).
      • “…For I am God, and there is no other;
        I am God, and there is no one like Me,
        10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
        And from ancient times things which have not been done,
        Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
        And I will accomplish all My good pleasure;” (Isaiah 46:9-10).

How do we respond to His Realm of Jurisdiction?

Exodus 10 begins with the LORD explaining the “why” behind His Realm of Jurisdiction, “that you may know that I am the Lord, (10:2). He wants us to know Him personally as LORD!

Is it not beyond comprehension that He invites us to know Him? He could, after all, force us into submission, for His Realm of Jurisdiction encompasses all of creation. And yet, through outstretched nail pierced hands, He lovingly bids us to come. Let us willingly bow before Him as LORD. There is coming a day when His invitation will cease; but still all will bow…

“…so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father,” (Philippians 2:10-11).

He is LORD, He has made Himself known through His Realm of Jurisdiction: through His actions throughout history; through His inspired, infallible Word; through His sacrifice on the cross; through His Holy Spirit given to those surrendered to Him in faith.

How unfathomable are His ways. What a joy and privilege to live in His light daily, to willfully surrender to His Realm of Jurisdiction and bow before Him now.

As we consider His all-encompassing Realm of Jurisdiction and His inexplicably amazing grace, may our hearts and lives exhibit the gratitude and worship expressed in Psalm 100:

“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.”

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Consider Him Who Makes a Distinction in Exodus 9

“But the Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt, so that nothing will die of all that belongs to the sons of Israel,” (9:4).

Distinction: “a difference or contrast between similar things or people; excellence that sets someone or something apart from others.”

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Exodus 9 … Consider Him Who Makes a Distinction

“But the Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt, so that nothing will die of all that belongs to the sons of Israel,” (9:4).

Distinction: “a difference or contrast between similar things or people; excellence that sets someone or something apart from others.”

This English phrase, “will make a distinction,” is translated from one word in the Hebrew language.

From Strong’s Concordance:6395. פָּלָה pālāh: A verb meaning to be distinct, separate, set apart, to be different. It describes the fact that Israel was to be a distinct or different people to God (Ex. 33:16). It can take on the sense of being wonderful or amazingly constructed (Ps. 139:14). It has a causative sense of making distinct or separate, making different (Ex. 8:22[18]; 9:4; Ps. 4:3[4]).”

There is no blurring the lines; the LORD God makes the distinction. His amazing and wonderful perfection distinguishes Himself above all creation and by His sovereign hand He determines that which is set apart. The LORD causes the distinction and the contrasts are unquestionably defined.

Consider Him Who Makes a Distinction

He Makes a Distinction, bestowing favor on the livelihood of His people. But the Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt, so that nothing will die of all that belongs to the sons of Israel,” (9:4).

He Makes a Distinction, marking His time as fixed. The Lord set a definite time, saying, “Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land,(9:5).

He Makes a Distinction, unveiling His Power as unparalleled.For if by now I had put forth My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, you would then have been cut off from the earth. 16 But, indeed, for this reason I have allowed you to remain, in order to show you My power…” (9:15-16).

He Makes a Distinction, revealing His Name as exalted.…and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth. 17 Still you exalt yourself against My people by not letting them go,” (9:16-17).

He Makes a Distinction, providing shelter to those who fear His Word.Now therefore send, bring your livestock and whatever you have in the field to safety. Every man and beast that is found in the field and is not brought home, when the hail comes down on them, will die.” 20 The one among the servants of Pharaoh who feared the word of the Lord made his servants and his livestock flee into the houses; 21 but he who paid no regard to the word of the Lord left his servants and his livestock in the field,” (9:19-21).

He Makes a Distinction, demonstrating His protection over His people. Only in the land of Goshen, where the sons of Israel were, there was no hail,” (9:26).

He Makes a Distinction, lifting His standard of righteousness. Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “I have sinned this time; the Lord is the righteous one, and I and my people are the wicked ones,” (9:27).

He Makes a Distinction, identifying those who do not yet fear Him. “But as for you and your servants, I know that you do not yet fear the Lord God,” (9:30).

How do we respond to Him Who Makes a Distinction?

We must always begin with first things first; do we have the assurance we have been wonderfully set apart as His own, amazingly born again through the blood of Jesus? When we have placed our faith in His shed blood on the cross as payment for our sins, we can trust Him with our livelihood, His timing and His righteous judgments; for His power is unparalleled.

  • Let us exalt His Name in everything!
    • “O magnify the Lord with me,
      And let us exalt His name together,”
      (Psalm 34:3).
    • “Not to us, O Lord, not to us,But to Your name give gloryBecause of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth,” (Psalm 115:1).
  • When life brings confusion, trials and suffering, let us run to His Word for shelter and protection. As we grow in our reverent fear of His Word and come to abide in Him, He strengthens our faith to intimately know Him as our refuge and fortress.
    • “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
      Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
      I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
      My God, in whom I trust!”
      (Psalm 91:1-2).
  • Let us carefully lift His standard of righteousness, in which there is no distinction, for all have sinned and are in need of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
    • “But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:21-23).
  • Let us ask Him to lead us to share truth with those who do not yet fear Him. The days are short; may we make the most of every opportunity.
    • “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil,” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

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Exodus 8 … Consider the Finger of God

“Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, ‘This is the finger of God,'” (8:19).

A wobbly toddler has only to reach up and grasp her daddy’s finger to find sure footing. One finger sustains and becomes a harbor of security, for in that one finger is the power to direct her steps and keep her from harm. She knows her daddy, and experience has taught her he is not only able but he is faithful.

When we have come to Christ through faith in His sacrifice for our sins, we too have a Daddy Who is faithful to give us sure footing. He is Our Abba Father, the LORD God Almighty!

Consider the Finger of God

  1. The Finger of God Directs the course of events (8:1-4)

    • As events unfold in the land of Egypt, there is no question Who is at the helm.
      • “The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, ‘Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand,'” (Isaiah 14:24).
  2. The Finger of God Declares His supremacy over man’s idols (8:5-6)

    • Each plague asserts the LORD’s supremacy over the revered idols of the Egyptians; each plague declares unequivocal judgment over the many gods worshiped.
      • “But our God is in the heavens;
        He does whatever He pleases.
        Their idols are silver and gold,
        The work of man’s hands.
        They have mouths, but they cannot speak;
        They have eyes, but they cannot see;
        They have ears, but they cannot hear;
        They have noses, but they cannot smell;
        They have hands, but they cannot feel;
        They have feet, but they cannot walk;
        They cannot make a sound with their throat.
        Those who make them will become like them,
        Everyone who trusts in them,”
        (Psalm 115:3-8).
  3. The Finger of God Discloses there is none like Him (8:7-14)

    • By a mere lifting of His finger, the LORD makes abundantly clear there is none like Him.
      • “Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?
        Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
        Awesome in praises, working wonders?”
        (Exodus 15:11).
  4. The Finger of God Demonstrates His rule over nature (8:16-17)

    • He is the Omnipotent Creator; all of nature is subject to His commands.
      • “For I know that the Lord is great
        And that our Lord is above all gods.
        Whatever the Lord pleases, He does,
        In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps,”
        (Psalm 135:5-6).
  5. The Finger of God Determines the extent of influence by the evil one (8:18-19)

    • The magicians mistakenly believed they could compete against the mighty Finger of God, until the LORD immobilized their power.
      • “O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You,” (2 Chronicles 20:6).
  6. The Finger of God Distinguishes His people as separate (8:20-24)

    • He sets His people apart as His own possession.
      •  “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth,” (Deuteronomy 7:6).
  7. The Finger of God Displays His power (8:25-31)

    • Who but the LORD God Almighty can do such great and mighty deeds?
      • “That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
        That there is no one besides Me.
        I am the Lord, and there is no other,
        The One forming light and creating darkness,
        Causing well-being and creating calamity;
        I am the Lord who does all these,”
        (Isaiah 45:6-7).

How do we respond to the Finger of God?

Reach up and take hold by faith. We are His children; He will sustain us and bring us into His harbor of security forever. In the meantime, don’t let go! He is our Abba Father.

“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!'” (Romans 8:14-15).

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Exodus 7 … Consider Him Who Stretches Out His Hand

“You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall speak to Pharaoh that he let the sons of Israel go out of his land. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart that I may multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. When Pharaoh does not listen to you, then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring out My hosts, My people the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt by great judgments. The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst,” (7:2-5).

His time, His way, His will… all when and how He decrees. Do questions jockey through your mind when reading this account? Does it just seem so… unnecessary? If the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, couldn’t He just as well as softened it? We cry out, desperate for understanding! But He is often misunderstood; we try to translate His ways with the language of our finite and sin-corrupted minds.

The LORD was preparing a people to be wholly set apart unto Him. Seeing His powerful might and His judgment of sin was part of this preparation, announcing Himself to His enslaved people as well as to a pagan nation. As He Stretched Out His Hand, He released His Renown, distinguishing Himself as the Great I Am Who Stretches Out His Hand.

 Consider Him Who Stretches Out His Hand

He Stretches Out His Hand and hardens hearts to multiply His signs and wonders.

“But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart that I may multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt,” (7:3).

He Stretches Out His Hand on the rebellious hardened hearts by great judgments.

“When Pharaoh does not listen to you, then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring out My hosts, My people the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt by great judgments,” (7:4).

He stretches out His Hand so that all will know He is the LORD.

“The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst,” (7:5).

 How do we respond to Him Who Stretches Out His Hand?

The sad truth is many respond like Pharaoh.

“Then Pharaoh turned and went into his house with no concern even for this,” (7:23); “…just as the LORD had said,” (7:13, 22).

When we don’t experience an immediate consequence, the enemy lulls us into believing the lie that we can actually get away with our disobedience and rebellion.

“Seven days passed after the Lord had struck the Nile,” (7:25).

  • We must remember He Stretches Out His Hand to reveal Himself that we would know and experience Him as LORD. As His children, we can cry out with confidence for His Hand to save, but we must also be quick to confess sin. The LORD is holy; sin impedes, and even cuts off our fellowship and worship of Holy God.
    • “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short
      That it cannot save;
      Nor is His ear so dull
      That it cannot hear.
      But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,
      And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear,”
      (Isaiah 59:1-2).
    • “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” (1 John 1:9).
  • Let us intentionally examine ourselves and ask, “If my story was written today, would the words ascribed to Moses and Aaron apply to me?”
    • So Moses and Aaron did even as the LORD had commanded. (7:6, 10, 20).
  • Let us daily pray and offer our wills surrendered to Him Who Stretches Out His Hand, that we too would do even as the LORD commands.
    • Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship,” (Romans 12:1).

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Exodus 6 … Consider His Covenant Name

God spoke further to Moses and said to him, “I am the Lord; and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, Lord, I did not make Myself known to them. I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they sojourned. Furthermore I have heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, because the Egyptians are holding them in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant. Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession; I am the Lord,’” (6:2-8).

In these seven verses, the LORD repeats Himself five times! The LORD emphasizes this Name, a Name He had not made known before, even to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Up to this point in history, He had appeared as God Almighty; that, in and of itself, is more than any would dare hope. But here, He reveals Himself in a new way. God Almighty explicitly informs Moses now He is to be known as the LORD, translated from the Hebrew written as YHWH.

YHWH:“most scholars agree that its primary meaning should be understood in the context of God’s existence, namely, that He is the “I AM THAT I AM” (Ex. 3:14), the One who was, who is, and who always will be (cf. Rev. 11:17).” (Bible Logos Software 4)

These seven verses could be studied a lifetime and never fully exhausted; in them the LORD makes known His heart and intentions for His people through His Covenant Name. A Covenant dependent on Only One, the Self-Existing One, Who was, Who is, and Who always will be, the “I AM THAT I AM.”

Consider His Covenant Name

  1. His Covenant Name was an introduction to a new understanding of Himself as the Covenant Keeping God.
  2. His Covenant Name conveyed His attentiveness to the groanings of His people.
  3. His Covenant Name chose to remember His covenant.
  4. His Covenant Name expressed His faithfulness to bring His people out from under their burdens.
  5. His Covenant Name voiced His authority to deliver His people from their bondage.
  6. His Covenant Name confirmed His love and power to redeem His people with an outstretched arm and great judgments.
  7. His Covenant Name established relationship; for He will take them for His people.
  8. His Covenant Name established His Lordship; He will be their God.
  9. His Covenant Name invited His people to know and experience Him as their Deliverer.
  10. His Covenant Name assured His people He would bring them to the Promised Land.

How do we respond to His Covenant Name?

He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Today, let us take time to meditate over the following New Testament verses (and any others the Lord brings to mind) to prayerfully consider and respond to His Truth: What the LORD declared of Himself to Moses is fully realized in Jesus Christ, by His Holy Spirit.

10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name …12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be save,” (Acts 4:10, 12).

  1. Jesus introduced a new understanding of the LORD as the Covenant Keeping God.
    • “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world,” (Hebrews 1:1-2).
  2. Jesus conveyed His attentiveness to the groanings of His people.
    •  “’Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ 39 Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him, 41 ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ And he said, ‘Lord, I want to regain my sight!’ 42 And Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has made you well,'” (Luke 18:38-42).
  3. Jesus chose to remember His covenant.
    • “And he was saying, ‘Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!’ 43 And He said to him, ‘Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise,’” (Luke 32:42-43).
  4. Jesus expressed His faithfulness to bring His people out from under their burdens.
    • “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins,” (Colossians 1:13-14).
  5. Jesus voiced His authority to deliver His people from their bondage.
    • “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, ‘I am thirsty.’ 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. 30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit,” (John 19:28-30).
  6. Jesus confirmed His love and power to redeem His people through His outstretched arms nailed to a cross and the great judgment over death defeated by His resurrection.
    • “…Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— 23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. 24 But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power,” (Acts 2:22-24).
  7. Jesus, by paying the great and only acceptable price to establish relationship, takes us for His people.
    •  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy,” (1 Peter 2:9-10).
  8. Jesus is established as Lord; by faith we bow before Him as God.
    • “Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’” (John 20:28).
  9. Jesus, through faith, invites people to know and experience Him as their Deliverer from death.
    •  “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent,” (John 17:3).
  10. Jesus assures His people He will bring them to the Promised Land.
    • “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:1-3).

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