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One More Night With The Frogs

by J. W. Jepson, D.Min.

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copyright � 2005 by J. W. Jepson

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What a mess! Frogs everywhere--in kitchens, bedrooms--everywhere!

The Egyptians could hardly take a step without squishing a frog.

Even Pharaoh was not exempt. The king had frogs in his bedroom, and when he pulled back the covers, he found frogs in his bed!

Why all the frogs?

The ancient Egyptians liked having the Israelites around as slaves.

They did the hard, dirty work for them, even built cities for them.

Egypt was enjoying prosperous times, and much of that prosperity was built on the backs of the Hebrew slaves.

God sent Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh with a message: "Let My people go!" But the king paid no attention. So the Lord proceeded to get his attention.

God had already sent one plague--blood. That only annoyed Pharaoh.

Now it was frogs. Eventually it would take eight more plagues, including the death of his firstborn, before the pain of stubbornness outweighed its pleasure.

So Pharaoh called for Moses and promised to let the people go if only God would remove the frogs.

Moses let the king choose the time, as if to say, "It's your call.

When do you want the frogs gone?"

Pharaoh's reply was a real shocker. "Tomorrow."

Tomorrow?

Now, that's a real no-brainer! You would expect the king to reply, "NOW--right now!" But no, he said "Tomorrow." In other words, "Give me one more night with my frogs." One more night to have my own way, with all the misery it brings! It's right there in Exodus 8:10.

Old Pharaoh was not the first to hold stubbornly to his own self-will in spite of how much suffering it brought to himself and to others, and he certainly was not the last. The history of human sin is the sad tale of what is called "total moral depravity"--the determination to live our lives to please ourselves in spite of how much God, others, and even we ourselves suffer for it.

In fact, seldom do sinners think of the injury they are causing God until they feel intensely the injury they are bringing on themselves.

Because they are focused on their own desires, the personal consequences of sin have to become intolerable before they pay attention to God. In the process they try to rearrange their sins in order to find the least painful forms of selfishness. Only when they see themselves as God sees them do they repent in genuine sorrow for sin.

The prodigal son was not concerned about how much he had sinned "against heaven" and before his father until he "came to himself" and realized that he was starving to death (Luke 15).

And many people refuse to surrender to a just and holy God no matter how miserable they are.

To Israel God said, "Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion?" (Isaiah 1:5). The Lord "poured out on them his burning anger, the violence of war. It enveloped them in flames, yet they did not understand; it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart" (Isaiah 42:25).

The alcoholic says, "They hit me,...but I am not hurt! They beat me, but I do not feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?" (Proverbs 23:35).

In Revelation 9:21 the Bible tells of a time when one-third of the human race is killed by the last plagues; yet the survivors do not repent.

Sin is a form of self abuse. The person who is not obeying God is a "glutton for punishment." Next to Satan, that person is his or her own worst enemy.

So why does God make sin so tough on people? Because that's the way sin is. By its very nature sin is destructive. "One sinner destroys much good" (Ecclesiastes 9:18).

Being a God of love, He has to oppose the destructiveness of sin. He is doing everything morally possible to stop people from ruining themselves.

It has been said that there is nothing to be learned from the second kick of a mule!

So, what are the "frogs"?

They are the strongholds of sin in the mind and heart. In believers they are the things that weaken, harm, and defeat; the things that rob people of their joy and victory; the things that keep people from being what God wants them to be; the things that lessen the credibility of one's testimony and damage one's influence as a Christian.

How do we get rid of the "frogs?"

First, we stop saying, "Tomorrow. Let me keep my problem, my pet indulgence, for now. I think I can stand it. I'm not quite miserable enough to give up to God. Let me have my own way just one more night."

No wonder sin has been called "moral insanity." The first truly reasonable thing anyone does is to surrender to God.

We cannot bargain with God. Don't settle for mere relief; go for the remedy. Deliverance is yours when you let go, reach out to Jesus and lay hold by faith on Him and His grace. Do it now. Why spend one more night with the frogs?

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