Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Egypt's Example

"Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians… hardened their hearts?  When He had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go?" (1 Samuel 6:6).  "How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?... But I have trusted in Thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation" (Psalm 13:1,5).  "A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished" (Proverbs 27:12).  "Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place" (Acts 1:25). 

Examples surely do exist
Of rebel hearts that had been hardened,
As Egypt, choosing to resist
Instead of turning to be pardoned. 

We hear the psalmist cry to God
"How long?" immersed in tribulation,
But when we see God's judgment rod,
Our hearts rejoice in His salvation. 

A prudent man foresees the wrath
And finds in Christ his Hiding Place,
But many choose rebellion's path,
As Judas, who refused God's grace.

Examples that have been revealed
(Like Egypt) urge our hearts, O Lord,
To show the lost they may be healed
Or bear the wage of sin's reward.  

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