SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9
Scripture: Exodus 11:4-7
Exodus 11:4-7 states, “Then Moses said, ‘Thus says the Lord: “About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt; 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 handmill, and all the firstborn of the animals. Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again. But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.”’” God drew a distinction in His judicial actions on sins of people who had chosen to be enemies versus sins of the church. God’s judgment in Egypt was severe. It was severe enough to set the entire nation of Israel free. His judgment was termination. The Egyptians had so hardened their hearts that the only way to change it was terminating lives. Have we come to that place? Are we facing enemies so persistent that the only way to cause them to relent in destroying our harvest field is in terminating their lives? Are we facing those who are so radical in evil that only judicial termination will cause them to cease? If we are, then it is not an unfamiliar spot for God. The only people having problems with this idea are the ones in today’s church who are so imbalanced that we have become nicer than God. When the church becomes nicer than God, it tolerates evil rather than moving God’s Hand against it. And that brings an eternal judgment, according to Revelation, that can dramatically alter where you and I spend eternity. What shall we do?