Exodus 11 – Anger

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11:1 Yahweh said to Moses, “Yet one plague more will I bring on Pharaoh, and on Egypt; afterwards he will let you go. When he lets you go, he will surely thrust you out altogether. 11:2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let them ask every man of his neighbor, and every woman of her neighbor, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold.” 11:3 Yahweh gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.

11:4 Moses said, “This is what Yahweh says: ‘About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt, 11:5 and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of livestock. 11:6 There shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there has not been, nor shall be any more. 11:7 But against any of the children of Israel a dog won’t even bark or move its tongue, against man or animal; that you may know that Yahweh makes a distinction between the Egyptians and Israel. 11:8 All these your servants shall come down to me, and bow down themselves to me, saying, “Get out, with all the people who follow you;” and after that I will go out.'” He went out from Pharaoh in hot anger.

Pharaoh crossed the line with God, and God would soon repay Pharaoh for his disdain for God, and God’s people. Moses, the pinnacle of God’s people at the time was angry as well. Some people say that men of God have no right to get angry, they must be cool and always roll with the punches, and turn the other cheek in all cases. The Bible does not affirm this assertion, we will see this in scripture over and over again. What is important is what we do with our anger. Many of us when we get angry have sinful thoughts about what we might do to our adversary. That, we must avoid, and seek Christ’s forgiveness. Even in our anger, we must reason with God, our adversary, and with learn to grow emotionally from within. Moses other than going away angry, did nothing of his own accord. All the actions were of God.

When we are faced with torrents of evil, being angry is understandable and often justifiable. What we do with anger needs to line up with God’s law, and the rules he gave us to work within. We will look at that later on. The end game is simple, God directs us to do what needs done, like he did with Moses. Moses did not take revenge on Pharaoh even now. God handled that. To that end, we are dependent upon our creator to bring about justice. God works on his time table as well, these people waited for generations to pass before God finally intervened. One can rest assurred, that when God has had enough, he will prevail. I would rather suffer the persecution from Man, than the wrath of God. Anger in and of itself is not sin, even God gets angry.

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