Baseball Terminology is used to strikeout Pharaoh
Today, we continue with the EXODUS STORY. In the next several lessons we will present you with the entire story. We encourage you to come and study this very important story with us and invite your friends to do the same.
God’s call went out to Moses while Moses was on the back side of the mountain tending to Jethro flock. We know that from Acts 7:23 that Moses was forty years old when he visited his own people. His killing the Egyptian was ill-advised; his zeal outran his discretion. God would one day use Moses to deliver his people from the Egyptians, but the time had not yet come. First he must spend forty years on the back side of the desert, learning in the school of God. God had predicted that His people would be in the land of Egypt as slaves for 400 years (Gen. 15:13), so Moses actions were forty years premature. He needed more training in the solitude of the desert. And the people needed more training in the brickkiln. The Lord orders all things according to His infinite wisdom. He is not in a hurry, but neither will He leave His people in affliction one moment longer than necessary.
In tending the flock of Jethro, Moses learned some valuable lessons about leading God’s people. The Lord promised Moses that He would deliver His people from Egypt and bring them into a land of abundance. God reassures Moses that He is the God of his forefathers—Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.
Now God calls on Moses telling him that it is time for him to “GO” and bring the people out of SLAVERY, but Moses protested God’s call to him, sighting his own inadequacy. But the Lord assured Moses of His presence and promised that he would yet serve God on this mountain (Mount Sinai) with a liberated people.
In these next few lessons, we will use the baseball terminology as it is presented in the Scriptures to show you exactly how God used Moses to confront Pharaoh to release His people and bring them out of Slavery. God’s fore-knowledge of how we think and encouraged by His love, patience and understanding of mankind gave Pharaoh ten strikes to strike him out instead of the customary three strikes man gives in the game of Baseball.
Strike One: Blood Exodus 7:14-18
God said to Moses: “Pharaoh is a stubborn man. He refuses to release the people. First thing in the morning, go and meet Pharaoh as he goes down to the river. At the shore of the Nile take the staff that turned into a snake and say to him, ‘God, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you with this message, “Release my people so that they can worship me in the wilderness.” So far you haven’t listened. This is how you’ll know that I am God. I am going to take this staff that I’m holding and strike this Nile River water: The water will turn to blood; the fish in the Nile will die; the Nile will stink; and the Egyptians won’t be able to drink the Nile water.'”
Strike Two: Frogs Exodus 8:1-15
God said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and tell him, ‘God’s Message: Release my people so they can worship me. If you refuse to release them, I’m warning you, I’ll hit the whole country with frogs. The Nile will swarm with frogs—they’ll come up into your houses, into your bedrooms and into your beds, into your servants’ quarters, among the people, into your ovens and pots and pans. They’ll be all over you, all over everyone—frogs everywhere, on and in everything!'”
God said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Wave your staff over the rivers and canals and ponds. Bring up frogs on the land of Egypt.'”
Aaron stretched his staff over the waters of Egypt and a mob of frogs came up and covered the country.
But again the magicians did the same thing using their incantations— they also produced frogs in Egypt.
Pharaoh called in Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to God to rid us of these frogs. I’ll release the people so that they can make their sacrifices and worship God.”
Moses said to Pharaoh, “Certainly. Set the time. When do you want the frogs out of here, away from your servants and people and out of your houses? You’ll be rid of frogs except for those in the Nile.”
“Make it tomorrow.”
Moses said, “Tomorrow it is—so you’ll realize that there is no God like our God. The frogs will be gone. You and your houses and your servants and your people, free of frogs. The only frogs left will be the ones in the Nile.”
Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh, and Moses prayed to God about the frogs he had brought on Pharaoh. God responded to Moses’ prayer: The frogs died off—houses, courtyards, fields, all free of frogs. They piled the frogs in heaps. The country reeked of dead frogs.
But when Pharaoh saw that he had some breathing room, he got stubborn again and wouldn’t listen to Moses and Aaron. Just as God had said.
Just how stubborn can we be when we think God has given us some breathing room? In the next lesson, you will see if God throws Pharaoh a curve ball, a fast ball are a strike. Look for the next lesson, coming right behind this one.