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Pride Goes before a Fall

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Exodus 10:1-29

Days of the Exodus

Okay, worldly Pharaoh, king of pride: “Let my people go!”

So you won’t, huh? Then take this:

    filthy water—bloody, fishy, messy

    and this, slimy frogs—in kitchens, bedrooms, beds

    and this, nasty gnats and flies—swarming, zooming, biting

    and this, deadly livestock—horses, camels, sheep

    and this, ugly boils—festering, oozing, nauseating

    and this, scary hailstorm—smashing, crushing, destroying

    and this, hungry locusts—consuming, devouring, gorging

    and this, gloomy darkness—blinding, obscuring, concealing

    and this, unlucky firstborn—weeping, wailing, whimpering

Don’t delay, prideful king: “Get out of my way! Let my people go, I say!”

Days of the End

Okay, worldly people, masters of pride, “Change your ways, I say!”

    “I am about to spit you out of my mouth!” (Rev 3:16)

So you won’t, huh? Then take this:

    cast on a bed of suffering; children dying

    and this stars to earth falling; sky like a scroll rolling up

    and this, burning sulfur raining down; sun scorching

    and this, mountains, islands fleeing; quakes shuddering

    and this, hailstones, one hundred pounds a-piece, flattening

    and this, seas, rivers, springs, bleeding

    and this, scorpion-like locusts, big as horses, attacking

    and this, in darkness groping; from wasting diseases suffering

    and this, tongues in agony gnawing; crying out for rocks to be crushing

Now! Prideful prey: “You’re made of clay. Repent today, I say!”

    “I am treading the winepress of the fury of my wrath!” (see Rev 19:15)

Life Application Questions

  1. The message comes through loud and clear in Scripture. It’s a dreadful and dangerous thing to be prideful and not do what God says. The good news is, when we’re obedient, the sky (heaven) is the limit. The bad news is, when we’re not, the depth of hell is unlimited. The question is, Are we doing our best to be obedient to God’s will and ways?
  1. The book of Proverbs has much to say about the pride problem. Lift yourself up with pride, and you will soon be brought low (Prov 29:23—Passion Translation). Jesus said, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt 23:12). Paul said, In humility value others above yourselves (Phil 2:3). Pride was a mortal issue thousands of years ago and still is. It’s arguably the first of the worst sins God hates! God said to prideful Pharaoh, “How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me?” (Exod 10:3). Might God be saying to us, Will you be humble before me and before others?

~ dbs

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