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Revealing Himself

What was God's reason for producing the ten plagues in Egypt? Being all powerful, could He not have used one blow to bring Pharaoh to his knees? Instead God chose ten declarative acts to dismantle the Egyptian world view and answer Pharaoh's question, "Who is Yahweh that I should obey his voice to let Israel go?" Exodus 5:2 Take a look at who these plagues were aimed:
Water into blood was against Osiris, Hapl, Khnum, gods of the Nile, Exodus 7:20 (Nile River was at the heart of the Egyptian religion and life-cycle)
Frog invasion was against Heqt the frog god, Exodus 8:6 (Egyptian belief in fertility and renewal which was wildly out of order as frogs multiplied)
Lice or gnats against Seb, the earth god, Exodus 8:17 (Priesthood of their gods were prevented from being ceremonially clean and unable to duplicate this miracle)
Flies against Uatchit, the fly god, Exodus 8:24 (separates plagues from affecting Israel and just affect Egyptians, flies fly everywhere but are pr…

Remaining Faithful

Daniel had been King Nebuchadnezzar's trusted advisor, interpreting his dreams and leading his people. He was now eighty years old as the Babylonian Empire falls to the Medes. He might have been thinking God was finished with him, that that would be the extent of his contribution, but as we know, God is never finished with anyone. He is always seeking to challenge them and to create a message through them to a world enmeshed in its own greatness.
And so, at this age he was asked to become the first of three presidents in the new kingdom of Darius the Mede. (Daniel 6:2) This didn't sit well with the two other presidents and some leaders under them, so they devised a plan to destroy Daniel. They played on the pride of the King and convinced him to sign a decree that only he, King Darius, should be worshipped for a full month. (Daniel 6:6-9)Of course Daniel did not allow the circumstances that surrounded him to deter him from his worship of God. And so, evil men used the King…

Greatly Loved

Who do you think God greatly loves? We know that "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son" (John 3:16) to pay the penalty necessary for each person to be reconciled to God if they believe in what Jesus did for them. We also know that John was "the disciple whom Jesus loved." (John 13:23)
And in Daniel 9:23, as Daniel prays for the people of Israel who are in exile and repents for their sins, that the angel Gabriel comes to him to answer his prayer. Daniel and God have a special relationship with visions and understandings being given to him for King Nebuchadnezzar and his son Belshazzar. These two kings controlled the Babylonian Kingdom but God spoke to them of the future and their part in it through Daniel.
In the midst of a futuristic and descriptive section in Daniel's book, when Gabriel comes to him, there is one small phrase which indicates the relationship God had with Daniel. Gabriel says, "As soon as you began to pray, an answer …