It is a common theme in Scripture for people to make promises to God and then completely abandon them. The Israelites do it over and over as they commit to living faithfully and then worship other gods. Today’s culprit is Pharaoh. Note in the next few days just how many times he promises to release the Israelites.
- 23 – what originally cause the Egyptians to be “not God’s people”?
- So often we disobey God’s laws and commands and yet we’re surprised and even think it’s unfair of God when we experience consequences
- 15 – Sometimes God hardens Pharaoh’s heart and sometimes Pharaoh hardens his own
- 8 & 28 & 28- How often have we bargained with God, and like Pharaoh, not held up our end of the agreement?
- 14 – childlike faith is praised several times in Scripture
- 16-22 – selling possessions could be interchanged with anything we hold to more tightly than God. What would you hate for Jesus to fill in that blank with?
- 30 – A countercultural thought. We, like ancient Israelites, try to get to the top. God calls us to humble ourselves instead.
- A musical version of this Psalm:
- Warning not to let others be in control of your life. Throughout Scripture, trusting others above God is a prominent sin of people