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Private Lives, Public Consequences

Judges 8:22-35
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Then Gideon son of Joash returned home. He had seventy sons born to him, for he had many wives. He also had a concubine in Shechem, who gave birth to a son, whom he named Abimelech. (Judges 8:29-31)
Reflect
Gideon already had numerous wives. His relationship with a concubine reflects a pattern of disregard for marriage. With her, Gideon bore a son who tore apart his family and brought tragedy upon the nation (see Judges 9). The consequences of Gideon’s private life did perhaps more damage for the nation than whatever public good he had done.

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Victorious Viper

Exodus 7:1-13

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Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pay close attention to this. I will make you seem like God to Pharaoh, and your brother, Aaron, will be your prophet. Tell Aaron everything I command you, and Aaron must command Pharaoh to let the people of Israel leave his country…”

Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Pharaoh will demand, ‘Show me a miracle.’ When he does this, say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down in front of Pharaoh, and it will become a serpent.’”


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A Stubborn Heart

Exodus 8:1-19

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“This is the finger of God!” the magicians exclaimed to Pharaoh. But Pharaoh’s heart remained hard. He wouldn’t listen to them, just as the LORD had predicted. (Exodus 8:19)

Reflect
It’s tempting to believe, “If only I could see a miracle, I could believe in God.” For Pharaoh, each plague was a second chance to believe. When gnats infested Egypt, even the magicians agreed that this was God’s work—“the finger of God”—but still Pharaoh refused to believe.


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