Exodus 8-9

Countless memes have made the comparison between the last two years and these two chapters, our present circumstances with their seemingly endless barrage of crises and the parade of plagues striking Egypt in these two chapters. The pandemic rages. Political strife persists. Social upheaval. Cultural conflict. The list could go on and on, one seemingly unprecedented crisis after another, but let’s hope that’s where the similarities between our circumstances and these chapters conclude. Let’s hope that these chapters sound to our ears like the warning that they are. Instead of responding like Pharaoh by hardening our hearts toward the pain and oppression of others and the call of God on our lives, let’s respond with mercy, compassion, kindness, and justice. Let’s have this mind among ourselves, which is ours in Christ Jesus, “who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking the form of a servant, being born in likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6-7).

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