The Sabbath Torah Portion – Vaera (And I Appeared)
The entire portion is Exodus 6:2—9:35
The Bible Through the Seasons follows those Jewish traditions that divide the portion into thirds.
This year, we read Part 2. Exodus 7:8— 8:15
The first two plagues come upon the land of Egypt in response to Pharaoh’s refusal to let the Hebrews go. Each of these actions of God is designed to address the various Egyptian gods and to show that they are powerless in the presence of the great I AM. All throughout these moves of God against Pharaoh, God is the one who is really in charge.
When you and I resist doing what the Lord wants of us, the consequences will be a kind of plague. While these may not seem as dramatic as the ones in the Book of Exodus, still many evils can come against you with more effect when you lose the protection of the Lord by resisting God’s ways.
Recovering persons say, “Denial is not a river in Egypt!” You will be in denial as Pharaoh, if you expect to live a happy, free life without prayer and a deep desire to respond to whom the Lord calls you to be.
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