Thursday Thoughts for Parents | Power to Strike and Save
This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Power to Strike and Save, given on December 9, 2018.
First, the Nile turned to blood. Then the frogs came…lots of them….everywhere. Followed by the swarms of gnats…swarms of flies, and still the plagues came. Death of the livestock, boils, hail, locusts…and just when the world under the sun couldn’t seem to descend any further into chaos…the darkness came. This past Sunday, Pastor CJ unpacked nine of the plagues in the Exodus story. With each divinely merciful stop to a plague, Pharaoh’s heart hardened. With God’s people enslaved under this pagan ruler, nothing would stop the steadfast, covenant-keeping love of our good and mighty God from striking Pharaoh and Egypt for Israel’s freedom and His own glory. Our God would set them free, and while Pharaoh, the Egyptians, and the land of Egypt were struck with consecutive one-two punch combinations by the mighty outstretched hand of God, the people of God were mercifully protected and preserved by His everlasting arms.
As a family, read Exodus 7:14-10:29
- Pastor CJ shared with us that God’s people were to retell the story of Exodus to their children to remind them of the covenant-keeping love of God and how He had saved them from slavery. In what ways do you think that we as a family can remember and tell the Exodus story to be freshly reminded of God’s covenant-keeping love and salvation for His people?
- What better rescue story do we have than the one we read of in Exodus?
- What are some ways that our family can share our personal stories of God’s deliverance from the slavery of our own sin by the mighty outstretched hand of God revealed through His only Son and our Savior Christ Jesus?
[Post by Carl Hirst]