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In Exodus 10, the eighth plague is introduced with another declaration of God’s purpose to glorify himself with the plagues. This time, however, the purpose is for the gracious good of Israel, and the knowledge of the Holy One throughout their generations. In 10:2, the Lord says that his purpose in dealing with Pharaoh and Egypt as he did was so that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, that you may know that I am the LORD. For this reason, I have chosen the words of Psalm 78:4 for our call to worship this Lord’s Day: We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. We believers, we have a joyful duty, not simply to tell the glory of the Lord to our unbelieving friends and neighbors, but, even more importantly, to our own children. We are confess him openly in our families. We are to speak of God’s glory in order to draw our families into his holy worship, that they too might love him with all their hearts and souls and minds and strength. As we gather for worship this Lord’s Day, we do this in part. We do not worship the Lord for the purpose of perpetuating his fear in our families, but we perpetuate his fear in our families because we worship him. This is one of the beauties of corporate worship. We together speak to each other, and to each other’s children, of the glorious deeds of the Lord, and of his might, and the wonders he has done.
In the prayer service, we’ll return again to Jonah 2 and the prayer of Jonah from the great fish. We’ll begin the service singing, “Behold, the Mountain of the Lord” (Red 298).
As I said above, Exodus 10 reveals that God desired the plagues to be a way of teaching his glories to the next generation. But Exodus 10 is also very much about the amazing obstinacy of Pharaoh. He is willingly disobedient and proud to the very end, even when it is irrational. The message this Sunday will look at the importance of perpetuating the glory of God through the faithful teaching of our children, but it will also consider the absurdity of unbelief, as exemplified in Pharaoh.
Call to Worship: Psalm 78:4
Hymn 304 [Red] Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
Congregational Reading: Psalm 78:42-48, 56-58
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 260 [Red] Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness
Hymn 348 [Red] Come, Ye That Love the Lord
Scripture Reading: Exodus 16:9-36 & John 9:1-23
Hymn 280 [Red] For All the Saints
Sermon: The Limits of a Hard Heart from Exodus 10
Hymn 342 [Red] Be Thou My Vision Having considered the folly of Pharaoh’s rebellion against God, I think this ancient Irish hymn is a good prayer of our submission to God. May the Lord protect us from the lies of the Devil! May he preserve us from the powerful lies of this present world-order. May he be our vision, our wisdom, our inheritance, and our high King forever.
In Sunday School, I will be teaching on the Conquest of Canaan.