“Sleeping with Frogs” January 29

 

Sleeping with Frogs - Frogs ... they're everywhere! ... in their homes, in their beds, in their bowls, in their ovens—everywhere! Yet, when Moses, God's messenger comes to Pharaoh and asks when he'd like them removed, he says, "Tomorrow." "Just let me spend one more night with those frogs." How about you? Are there any frogs you're keeping around for another sleepover?Frogs … they’re everywhere! … in their homes, in their beds, in their bowls, in their ovens—everywhere! Yet, when Moses, God’s messenger comes to Pharaoh and asks when he’d like them removed, he says, “Tomorrow.” “Just let me spend one more night with those frogs.” How about you? Are there any frogs you’re keeping around for another sleepover?

 

Today’s Readings:
Exodus 7 & 8
Psalm 17.1-7
Proverbs 5.15-20
Matthew 19.1-30

 

Sleeping with Frogs

 

Exodus 7 & 8:

Hard Hearts

 

It’s time. God is about to deliver His people. But first, He prepares Moses and Aaron for the task ahead:

¹ So the Lord said to Moses: “See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet.You shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron your brother shall tell Pharaoh to send the children of Israel out of his land. And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh will not heed you, so that I may lay My hand on Egypt and bring My armies and My people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the children of Israel from among them” (Ex. 7.1-5).

“I will harden Pharaoh’s heart.” At first glance, that might seem a little unfair! Is God on His throne pointing to one person and saying I don’t like the way she looks, I think I’ll harden her heart? God is God and He can certainly do as He sees fit, but that is not the picture we see here.

God said He had heard the cries of his people in Egypt (Ex. 3.7), cries against which Pharaoh had already hardened his heart. When we harden our hearts and refuse to show compassion on others, why should we be surprised if He withholds compassion from us?

Even as believers, though we don’t lose our salvation, we can damage our fellowship with Him and set in motion laws of sowing and reaping (Gal. 6.7-9). And if we repeatedly harden our hearts, it may be a sign that we are not really saved, because the Bible teaches that though believers may sin, they will repent.

Even in these passages in Exodus, Pharaoh continues to harden his own heart. Ten times it says Pharaoh hardened his heart and ten times God hardened his heart. God’s hardening was judicial hardening in response to Pharaoh’s personal, sinful hardening.

We see a similar picture in Romans 1 beginning in verse 18. We sometimes call this passage the downward spiral of sin. We see men and women refusing to respect God as God though they know the truth and choosing to continue in their sin. In verses 24, 26, and 28 we see the response of God. It says He, “gave them up …,” “gave them up …,” and “gave them over …” John MacArthur says in his Study Bible, “When men consistently abandon God, He will abandon them by removing His restraint and allowing sin to run its inevitable course.”

This results in hearts that are more and more hardened by their own sin. As we look around our world today, we see this in abundance. It’s interesting that the example God uses in Romans 1 is that of homosexuality. Consider that as you listen to the news.

 

One More Night with the Frogs

 

One of the plagues God brought on the Egyptians was frogs (Ex. 8.1-15). Can you imagine? Frogs are everywhere—in in their homes, in their beds, in their bowls, in their ovens—everywhere! When Pharaoh had once again promised to let the people go, Moses said, “Accept the honor of saying when I shall intercede for you …” In other words, “When do you want me to get rid of the frogs?” And Pharaoh says, “TOMORROW!” Tomorrow? “Yes, let me spend one more night with the frogs!”

It seems ridiculous, yet, there can be things we refuse to give up in spite of the consequences. Areas where we are saying, in effect, “Let me have one more night with these frogs!”

Then notice verse 15, “But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not heed them, as the LORD had said.”

How many times have you and I repeated the same pattern? We have a crisis and cry out to God. We start reading our Bibles, going to church, going to Bible studies, doing the things we need to do.

Then things get better and we begin to drift off. The next thing we know, we have fallen back into our old habits and are neglecting our relationship with God. We’re back sleeping with frogs and they’re everywhere!

 

Psalm 17.1-7:

Those Who Trust Him

 

God reveals much of His character through His names. Here the psalmist referred to Him as “You who save those who trust in you” (v. 7).

In what area of life do you need to trust God more?

 

Proverbs 5.15-20:

The Bible on Intimacy

 

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15 Drink water from your own cistern,
And running water from your own well.
16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad,
Streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be only your own,
And not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice with the wife of your youth.
19 As a loving deer and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
And always be enraptured with her love.
20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman,
And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?

The imagery of a well is used here to describe what the intimacy in marriage should be like. The word “satisfy” in verse 19 means, “to be saturated, to drink one’s fill, to be satiated.” Ladies, our husbands should be so saturated, so satisfied with what they get at home that if another woman threw herself at him, he would say, “No, I’ve had enough!”

If you would like more information on the subject, a good book that’s full of practical advice is Intimate Issues by Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus.

 

When It’s the Other Way Around

 

But more and more when this issue comes up, women say, “It’s not me who’s unwilling. It’s the other way around.”

There can be a number of reasons, including stress, busyness, and physical changes. If this is an issue, it’s important to communicate lovingly and respectfully with your spouse.

But there can be other reasons, as well, including: pornography and other sin issues. While it’s important to not make assumptions, if you have concerns in this area, contact your pastor or a biblical counselor and seek godly counsel.

God loves you and is concerned about this area of life just like all others. He’s not embarrassed (He created it!) and we shouldn’t be either.

 

Matthew 19.1-30:

God & Divorce

 

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There are a year’s worth of things to think about in this one chapter. First, Jesus addresses the issue of divorce, when it’s permissible and when it’s not (vv. 3-9). Jesus said, only for the cause of “sexual immorality.” And even then, it is not commanded. I have seen many marriages healed and put back together better than ever, even after adultery has taken place.

Paul adds to our understanding about divorce in 1 Corinthians 7.15. There are times when divorce is not a sin, but for believers, those allowable circumstances are very limited.

As with any sin, if you are divorced, know that God loves you, and it is not the unforgivable sin! But if you are contemplating divorce, please seek godly, biblical counsel.

 

Come and follow Me!

 

We also have the passage about the young man who comes to Jesus asking how he can have eternal life (vv. 16-24). Jesus’ response, “… go, sell what you have …” was not a call to go live in a commune or a picture of salvation by good works. But Jesus knew where this man’s heart was. He loved his riches! Jesus put His finger on the thing that was standing between him and God. This was a call to make God number one in His life! “Come, and follow me.”

Romans 10.9 says, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Many want a Savior, but few allow Him to be Lord.

 

Closing Thoughts:

Is anything standing in the way of your total surrender to God, today?
Are there some frogs with which (or whom!) you are still sleeping?
Jesus’ call to that rich, young man is the same for us, “Come, sell all that you have, and follow me!”

I pray that you won’t harden your heart if God is speaking to you.

Blessings,
Donna

 

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4 thoughts on ““Sleeping with Frogs” January 29

  1. Your quote from MacArthur reminded me of a series Michael Phillips wrote called The Secret of the Rose. I read the series years ago and remember few details of the story. A great work of fiction, but one of the things that stood out boldly to me as I read was the “downward spiral of sin” of one of the characters. Phillips portrayed it so well that it I still remember it today. We should be wise to the warnings in scripture about hardening our hearts. Thank you for sharing this word today, Donna. Blessings on your weekend!

    • It’s amazing how something we read can impact us for so long. Good Christian fiction can have a great impact when it illustrates biblical truth. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings!

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