What do you do when God does a miracle in your presence? How do you respond when He sends a message with power? What does it take to convince you to change your mind and to do the right thing when you are set on the wrong thing?
Pharaoh comes face to face with Moses, and YHWH makes a move. Pharaoh has a choice to make. Obey this “God” of the Israelites, and lose all of the cheap labor that has helped to grow cities and his empire? Or, not? Moses and Aaron can do these amazing wonders, but so can his magicians. Now granted, Moses & Aaron’s staff / snake devours his magician’s staff / snakes, but that’s their problems not his. Why should he be concerned?
Then Moses & Aaron turn the Nile into blood. That’s a little bit more of an inconvenience, after all, the kingdom relies on the Nile river. Then again, the magicians can do the same thing. So what does Pharaoh do next? He goes back to his house with no real concern for the situation. However, seven days later, the magicians have not yet figured out how to change the Nile back to water. I’m sure that that may have become a little disconcerting.
What about us? Is God / YHWH trying to speak to us? Does He give us signs day after day that He is real and we need to look to Him? Do we ignore Him, considering His miracles no more than coincidences and conveniences or inconveniences? Do we ignore the little things, because they are little, and don’t take seriously where those signs are pointing?
Pharaoh ignored the little things. As a result, he takes that mentality with him when YHWH begins to do much bigger things. What will it take for us to come to the point where we cease ignoring the signs pointing at God. The more we ignore the little things, the more likely it is we will ignore and reject the big things. We need to open our eyes and see the truth of who God / YHWH is in the little things as well as the big.
LORD, open my eyes and the eyes of the readers. Help us to see the signs and understand where they are pointing. Help us to do more than that. Help us to pursue the God that is pursuing us. In the name of Jesus, the Christ, Amen.
If chapter 1 was all about beauty, poetry, structure, and order, then overall chapter 2 is about amazement.
First off, i honestly think that the first three verses of ch. 2 belong at the end of ch. 1. The first three verses are the day of rest, and they belong at the end of the poetic structure of chapter 1. And, since the chapter and verse numberings were added much, much later than the original scriptures were given to Moses to be written, they are much more recommendations than decisive and definitive lines in the sand.
I call chapter 2 Amazement because of God’s work in this chapter. He turns around, takes the very dirt / ground / earth of His creation and forms something completely different from it. Like a sculptor creating from the clay. Only He doesn’t stop there! He breaths His own breath / life into this sculpture! He forms this thing, then whooooshhhh! It’s alive! It’s a creation who’s very life comes from the very breath of its creator! If that’s not amazing, then i don’t know what is.
But it does not end there. Man is created in God’s image, and it seems almost immediately that God recognizes that he needs more than just himself. In fact, he needs more than just himself and God! If that’s not enough to blow your mind, than maybe you’re just not catching it. So lets look at that again. The absolutely perfect and complete creator, created something in His own image, with His own breath, that needs something more than Him! So what does he do? He brings the beasts and birds to the man and the man names them. Still not enough (i tell ya, some people are just never satisfied 😛 )!
So what does God do? He solves the problem. He takes from the man a rib / part / side, and uses that to create what the man needs! Wow, i mean WOW! What’s man’s response? Pure poetry. “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; (i was smiling hugely while copying that down in my notebook). Then, joy of joys, the reuniting of what was torn asunder. I think that this truly is the most beautiful and amazing ending to such an amazing chapter. “And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed”… enough said 😀