So Moses and Aaron did even as the Lord had commanded. And he lifted up the staff and struck the water that was in the Nile, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, and all the water that was in the Nile was turned to blood. The fish that were in the Nile died, and the Nile became foul, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. And the blood was through all the land of Egypt. But the magicians of Egypt did the same with their secret arts; and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the Lord had said. Then Pharaoh turned and went into his house with no concern even for this. So all the Egyptians dug around the Nile for water to drink, for they could not drink of the water of the Nile. Seven days passed after the Lord had struck the Nile. Exodus 7:20-25 NASB
Everyone needs water. Its essential to life. Without it we would soon die as would life all around us. When it becomes polluted it become problematic. So, God had Moses strike first at the water. Why? To remind God’s people and Egypt as well… man does not live by physical nourishment but by God and His Word. Worship and freedom are part of God’s experience for mankind. We yearn for both because they give meaning, value, and purpose to life. Many people try to live life apart from God and worship. After 400 years of worship being slowly dissipated from their lives, the children of Israel were about to be re-introduced to the beauty of both… and more importantly the object of their worship= the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It’s worth noting that the world has ‘magicians’ who offer cheap substitutes that mimic what God has for us. We should also learn that ‘Pharaoh’ had no concern for the people or their suffering. Until the death of his own family comes about, his heart will be hardened to God’s cause. Sound familiar?
How essential is God and worship in my life?
God, as this day begins- ahead is an opportunity to help a family celebrate their loved one who is now with You. Would you help me lead them forward today in a beautiful ceremony. I pray many friends will join us online. May the words said, bring unusual glory to You and tribute to Dwight Buschlen. You gave him many years and he appears to have used them well.