The Sovereignty of God in the Egyptian plagues Exodus 7:8-10:29 20/02/2011 By Christopher Stuttle What is Sovereignty? • “Sovereignty is the quality of having supreme, supreme, independent independent authority authority over aover geographic a geographic area” area everything” Important phrases 1. Geographic area 2.Supreme authority 3.independent authority The Story of the plagues History given by God Fiction FACT FICTION Overview of talk Trying to understand more of • God’s supreme authority • God’s independent authority • And always taking what we have learnt and each time applying it to ourselves The expression of supreme independent authority in the story • The story is like a competition: God’s power Vs Stubborn ruler’s power • The story is a changing of two people ▫ Both with very different responses to Gods power ▫ Both with different outcomes dues to response ▫ They ended up where they were from getting closer to or further from God. • All which is seen in this age and ourselves too Supreme authority in the rod turning into a snake • Pharaoh’s Response ▫ Rejects the signs with a hard heart Rejects the one who sent them ▫ Turning to wisdom as authority Wisdom sustains for a while God shows supreme authority over wisdom • Pharaoh moves away from God due to response ▫ Consequences for actions Are we so far from pharaoh? All of creation sings a song of praise to God • Do you hear this song or do you block your senses with idols of today? • Do you allow the song to change your hearts or do you harden it? • Do you fully free myself from idols, fully open my heart and fully turn to the lord? Supreme authority in the rod turning into a snake for Moses • Moses’ response ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ He was prepared for what was going to happen Steadfast in faith Steadfast in God’s love Steadfast in God’s power and his authority Knows that God will provide • Miraculous consequences! How do we respond to seeing Moses’ actions? • Do we know God has prepared us for everything we face just as he prepared Moses resulting in Moses being so faithful? • Do you know you are exactly where you are supposed to be right now? • Do we draw our strength from God and his word leaving us encouraged in faith even in the presence of adversity? • Do we know where our strength lies or do we try and do things on our own? Gods independent authority • Independent authority is the authority to do as you like without control by others and without having to ask permission • Events ▫ The plagues ▫ Request for God to compromise from pharaoh Egyptian Gods and their jobs Name god of/head of Hapi God of the Nile heket Frog headed Geb God of the Earth khepri Fly headed Hathor God of protection Isis God of medicine and peace Nut God of the sky Seth God of storms and disorder Ra Kings of the gods and god of the sun Pharaoh Ultimate power in Egypt Independent authority in the plagues • Egyptian gods were shown to have less than no power over there area of governing • All the plagues showed lack of power of Egyptian gods • No compromise for the Egyptian gods ▫ They couldn’t stop the plagues Pharaoh’s magicians could stop them either • Can compromise for a fearful and loving heart Our response to Independent authority in the plagues • What are our idols? ▫ God has power over them! • What are the giants in our world ▫ God has power over them! • The strength needed to see the idols and over come them is in God Independent authorityGod’s response to pharaohs request for compromise “Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness” • Requests from pharaoh based on; ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ His pride His plan Pharaoh’s idea that God lacks wisdom His Selfishness • God doesn’t compromise for those reasons. Independent authorityour compromises before God • Are you holding things away from God due to lack of trust in him or his plan? • Are you holding things away from God due to you knowing better? Conclusion • No fear from guilt • Be like Moses at the cross roads of life ▫ He was prepared for what was going to happen So be the same and strengthen yourself in God ▫ He was Steadfast in faith So be the same and strengthen yourself in God ▫ He was steadfast in God’s love So be the same and strengthen yourself in God ▫ He was Steadfast in God’s power and his authority So be the same and strengthen yourself in God ▫ He knew that God would provide and sustain So know the same and strengthen yourself in God Takeaway • Trust in God ▫ He is worthy of trust • Be open to God’s will ▫ Don’t harden our hearts • We are heirs to the supreme and independent God ▫ Was are his children blessed by him • We are more than conquerors when with God! Questions or comments • I have skipped over a lot of material today so please ask questions about any bits I didn’t bring up. • It may end up helping the people next to you too.