Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Stinkable


Exodus 7:14-24 fascinates me.

Remove the Nile from Egypt and all of Egypt is a noting, but a barren wasteland.  The Nile was the foundation of that ancient Egyptian civilization. Their agriculture and their economy depended upon the Nile. The Nile is the longest river in the world stretching 4,145 miles. However, our concern for this morning is with the last 600 miles of the Mighty Nile River that runs through Egypt.

I just wonder, was the Nile really turned into real blood?  Some, who want to disprove this miracle, see the word "blood" as a reference to the color of the river. Skeptics want us to buy into the idea that God turned the Nile River red alone. Naysayers think that they can support that thesis because during the annual flood stage, when the River Nile carried silt from the Ethiopian highlands down into Egypt, the water turned red. It was a yearly and natural occurrence, but come on man!

In our text, that theory can be put to shame.

Verse 17 says that, “the water of the Nile (was) changed into blood.” Verse 17 does not say that the river became as blood. Verse 17 says that the river was changed into blood. Look it up if you desire. The original Hebrew language is very clear here. The original language could have read “as blood” by adding one small prefix to the original manuscript, but that prefix is not there and even if the annual flood that brought that red silt had been the explanation of the water turning red, the annual flood did not kill all of the fish or make the water “stinkable” and undrinkable on a year after year basis.

May I encourage all of us today?  Please quit trying to explain away what you cannot explain away about God and simply celebrate His supremacy. Folks, God is all that He says He is and more! Jeremiah 32:17 says it all, “…Sovereign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for you,” so let us all live in awe! In the beginning, God made man in His own image, but ever since then, man has been trying to remake God in man’s own image! Church, our God is not our size and looks nothing like us! Our God cannot be thought of in natural terms!

When we attempt force God to fit into our image, we are left with a God who can never surprise us, never overwhelm us and never rise above us.

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