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A picture of Jesus in the plague of hail

I have often heard people say, "But how could a loving God send anyone to Hell?"

I will admit that this is a tough question to answer, but I want to go all the way back to the 9th chapter of Exodus to try to do that.

13 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Get up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh. Tell him: This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews says: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me.
14 Otherwise, I am going to send all My plagues against you, your officials, and your people. Then you will know there is no one like Me in all the earth.
15 By now I could have stretched out My hand and struck you and your people with a plague, and you would have been obliterated from the earth.
16 However, I have let you live for this purpose: to show you My power and to make My name known in all the earth.
17 You are still acting arrogantly against My people by not letting them go.
18 Tomorrow at this time I will rain down the worst hail that has ever occurred in Egypt from the day it was founded until now.
19 Therefore give orders to bring your livestock and all that you have in the field into shelters. Every person and animal that is in the field and not brought inside will die when the hail falls on them."
20 Those among Pharaoh's officials who feared the word of the Lord made their servants and livestock flee to shelters,
21 but those who didn't take the Lord's word seriously left their servants and livestock in the field.
22 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward heaven and let there be hail throughout the land of Egypt-on man and beast and every plant of the field in the land of Egypt."
23 So Moses stretched out his staff toward heaven, and the Lord sent thunder and hail. Lightning struck the earth, and the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt.
24 The hail, with lightning flashing through it, was so severe that nothing like it had occurred in the land of Egypt since it had become a nation.
25 Throughout the land of Egypt, the hail struck down everything in the field, both man and beast. The hail beat down every plant of the field and shattered every tree in the field.
26 The only place it didn't hail was in the land of Goshen where the Israelites were.
27 Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron. "I have sinned this time," he said to them. "The Lord is the Righteous One, and I and my people are the guilty ones.

In verses 15 and 16, God said, "I could have destroyed you by now, but I didn't, to show you my power."

Now look at verses 19 through 21. God offered EVERYONE an opportunity to get to safety. They each had a choice.

God offers each of us a choice. And then He lets us live with our choice.
Topics: choice
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