Today’s Reading: Exod 7:1–8:32, John 1:35–51, Song 1:8–14
Today’s theme: Jesus, King of Israel
We see the awesome power of God at work in Egypt today which should leave us standing in awe. We agree with the great confession of Nathaniel that Jesus is the promised Messiah King and the Son of God.
God’s power is greater
For each man cast down his staff, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. Exodus 7:12 (ESV)
God’s power swallows up the enemy’s power.
Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said. Exodus 8:19 (ESV)
As the plagues escalate, even the magicians know this is the work of God. Each of the ten plagues judged one of the false gods of Egypt. Unlike Ridley Scott’s recent film which asserts a naturalistic reason for most of the plagues, we know it was the supernatural work of God.
Jesus grew up in a rough neighbourhood
Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:46 (ESV)
This shows that Jesus did not grow up in some prestigious area, but was from the side of town where people say… Oh you live there (like Brixton).
The King of Israel
Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” John 1:49 (ESV)
This great affirmation that Jesus did not deny, proving quite clearly that Jesus was the promised Messiah, the rightful King and above all the Son of God making him equal to God. Jesus received these titles and worship. Jesus is the Son of God!
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014