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Exodus 20 – Big Ten!

I am not a Greek, Aramaic, or Hebrew expert.  I wish that i was, and someday i may become those, but today is not one of them.  The nice thing is though that i have studied under people who are, and i have learned a great deal as a result.

One of the principles that i have learned from and really grasped into my life is a better understanding of this concept of “You shall”: “You shall have no other gods before me.”  “You shall not make for yourself an idol…”  “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God (YHWH-Elohim) in vain.”  When you read those words, “You shall”, what does it mean to you?  Chances are, if you are like most people, you see “You shall” as a command.  It begins the 10 commandments and it is God telling us that we have to do something.  While that is not incorrect, neither is that an accurate understanding.

This is one of those easily misunderstood things that once you have a grasp of it, can change your whole outlook on something.  The words “You shall have” here is יהיה (hâyâh).  Strong’s concordance says, “…to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass…”.  So what does that mean for us?  It means that this is not simply a command; it is a promise.  This WILL come to pass!  It is something that we are to do, but when we pursue and surrender to God, this is also a promise to/for us.  So this promise is not just “Don’t have any other god’s before me!”  It’s also, “Don’t worry, you won’t have any other gods before me.”

Isn’t that beautiful!  It’s not only the 10 commands, but it’s also the 10 promises!  That’s what our relationship is like with God.  Yes, He gives us commands to follow!  Yes, we have rules we have to obey; but as time goes by and we pursue Him, these are things that He promises us will no longer be rules and regulations, they will also be a part of who we are.  They go from external instruction to internal drives and motivation.  We have a promise! …that this is who we are to become! …and i love it!

There are still many times that i struggle and sin.  There are still times that i mess up, screw up, and fail.  I have struggled with the concept of repentance, and i need God’s help to get to that place.  Part of these big 10 promises is learning to accept and acknowledge that we fail and we sin.  Understand, i am not some expert in this.  I am just as messed up and flawed in this as so many others.  I need to repent of my sins and stand on these promises as who i am in the process of becoming.  I need the prayer and help.

Thank you,

 

Rev. John J. Camiolo Jr.

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Exodus 10 – Struggle

If things weren’t deep and passionate before, there is a whole lot of that going on now!  The plagues keep getting more and more intense and powerful, and Pharaoh’s frustration and anger are getting worse and worse.

Pharaoh is doing everything he can to attempt to delay or stop the inevitable, but he just can’t stop YHWH.  I kind of feel bad for the guy.  But at the same time, i know why this is happening, and his involvement / responsibility in it.  It’s kind of like working with troubled youth.  Sometimes the only way they learn is to allow them to learn and understand the consequences of their actions.  Explaining it to them, processing it with them and protecting them from it can only get you so far.  Sometimes you just need to let them see, and until they see they will not understand.

You can see Pharaoh’s will / resolve start to soften in this chapter, but Pharaoh is not a man to change easily or lightly.  Nor is he a man likely to accept defeat.  God continues to harden an already hard heart.  Pharaoh continues to attempt to compromise with God, but the cost of that compromise is much higher than the cost of the original price.

How do you help a man who is so insistent that he wins, that he is willing to destroy himself and everything around him in order to do so?  How do you open the eyes of a man so blinded by his own pride and rebellion that he thinks he can stand against God?  What drives a man to become what you see before you?  Yes, God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and yes, God had every right to do that!  But the truth is, He didn’t need to.  Pharaoh was so intent on doing it to himself that he did not need any real help from God.

How do help a man like that?

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