ANOTHER NIGHT WITH THE FROGS

Intro: On May 8, 1902, at precisely 8:02 a.m. In one of the worst natural disasters in history, almost 30,000 people died instantly. The violent volcanic eruption of Mount Pelee on the French colonial island of Martinique was the immediate cause of their deaths. It hit the town of St.
Pierre with a terrible blast of superheated air, boiling lava, and millions of tons of rock. Their deaths served as an indirect example of human stupidity, greed, and political opportunism. A full week before the final disaster, the volcano began acting strangely. There were various warnings of what was to come, including a huge rock and mudslide that killed several hundred people at a factory outside the town. However, with a few notable exceptions, no one in authority attempted to evacuate the town at the base of the rumbling volcano. Procrastination! Some things cannot be put off! The threat of delay is mentioned in our text. Ill. The setting. The epic conflict between Jehovah and the various false gods of Egypt is depicted by the ten plagues that were sprayed upon the nation of Egypt. The frog plague, the second of the three, is the subject of this passage. This was a direct attack on Heqet, a goddess with a frog head who was said to breathe life into humans made by her husband, the great god Khnum, from earthly dust. It is clear that the purpose of this plague was to demonstrate to Egypt that only Jehovah was God. Pharaoh is a man who is seated in the middle of this scene. This morning, his actions during the plague interest me. This man could have escaped the plague, but he chose to spend Another Night With The Frogs instead. That is the topic I intend to address in my sermon this morning. Permit me to discuss a few aspects of this tale that teach us the grave danger of waiting, particularly in spiritual matters. I. v. 1–7 A TERRIBLE CALAMITY A. A Disgusting Calamity – Frogs All Around! Show the extent of this ailment. B. A Disturbing Tragedy: Frogs were forbidden to be killed because they were regarded as sacred. C. A Disaster of Devastating Importance: The frog's influence was felt by every individual. D. A Despairful Tragedy: The frogs infested every temple, making them unclean and making it impossible for the people to worship any other gods. E. A Descriptive Calamity: A clear representation of a universal disease. 1. 1 John 5:19 says that sin is everywhere. Pro. 20:9 2. Man cannot control sin – (Note: verse 7, "Religion cannot bear it") 107:17; Pro. 13:15) 3. – Rom. Sin touches every life. 3:10, 23; Gal. 3:22 4. Isa: Sin separates a sinner from God. 59:2; Psa. 66:18 II. v. 8-10a A THOUGHTLESS CHOICE A. Pharaoh's Desire: To be free from the frogs. B. Pharaoh's Dilemma: To confess his helplessness and call on God would be to do so. C. Pharaoh's Decision: He decided to put off doing what needed to be done right then until tomorrow. D. The Depiction of Pharaoh: He depicts the lost sinner. The majority of lost people want to connect with God. Their souls are gnawed by it. They are aware that they must prepare for the day when they will leave this world, and their sins bother them. However, they must acknowledge their own inability and sinfulness before God before they can approach the Lord. They must recognize that God is their only hope. As a result, they put off going to God and come up with a variety of justifications to explain why they can't decide. Some Common Explanations: 1. 2 Timothy: "I love my sin." 3:4 (Rom. 6:23) 2. Pro: I am a decent person. 20:9 (Matt. 5:20) 3. Luke 19:10 says, "I am too wicked"; John 6:37; Mark 2:17 4. There is too much to lose, Illinois Hell, Mark 8:36 5. It's better to sit in church with hypocrites than to fry with them in Hell because there are too many of them! 6. I simply do not comprehend the Gospel, Rom. 10:9 7. Ephesians: I'm waiting for a feeling. 2:8-9 8. I can't hold out; that's not my job. 1:5 9. I won't do it until I can, but you can't do it until you have. It comes with the ability to live it, Gal. 2:20. What's your rationale? III. v. 10-15: A TRAGIC RESULTS (Note: Pharaoh and his people were forced to spend another night with the frogs they detested because he refused to follow God's instruction.) A. The Cause and Effect – verse 10: Pharaoh's own words determined his destiny. B. The Dimensions of the Effect – verses 9, 11 – Pharaoh's decision had an impact on more than just him. Egypt's entire population and family were affected. C. The Glory of the Result: The repercussions of Pharaoh's decision teach us a valuable lesson about the dangers of delaying spiritual decision-making. 1. Until we respond appropriately to God's call, the consequences of sin will continue – Gal. 6:7-8. 2. We are not the only ones who are impacted by the decision to continue in sin. (In Illinois, a pebble dropped into a pond.) 3. Pro: Delaying spiritual matters is dangerous. 27:1; Gen. 6:3; Pro. 29:1; 2 Cor. 6:2. 4. Luke 13:3 says, "Salvation is too precious for you to gamble with it." Matt. 7:13-14. 5. John 3:16 says that God will never force Himself on you. Acts 16:31; Eph. 2:8-9 Conc: Tomorrow! Will you choose to continue spending the night with the frogs or will you seek salvation today by coming to Jesus Christ? Each decision has its own set of repercussions. What decision will you make today? Will it be the Savior or sin? Which will it be—Hell or Heaven? Will it be the frogs or forgiveness? What are you going to do with the information you heard this morning?

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