INTREAT Andy Hollifield 8-31-17
Exodus 9:28 Intreat the Lord (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer.
Ruth 1:16-17 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: (17) Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
1 Samuel 2:25 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall intreat for him?……………..
Intreat (entreat)————(1) to ask (a person) earnestly; beseech; implore; beg (2) to make an earnest request or petition
One did and one didn’t. Pharoah didn’t keep his word but Ruth did. I found in my study for this article that “intreat” is used 15 times in the bible and “entreat” is used 2 times. “Entreat” is the modern spelling. Maybe I am making too much out of one word but I don’t believe I am. In the scripture in Exodus 9, Pharoah is asking Moses to go and beg his God on his behalf to stop the thunder and hail. That was the seventh plague. Egypt had already endured the waters of the Nile river being turned into blood and also the other plagues of frogs, lice, flies, disease on the beasts, boils on man and beast, and now the thunderings and hail and rain. In verse 24 of chapter 9, God tells us exactly what he did. He sent fire mingled with the hail and the fire ran along on the ground and the Lord rained hail upon Egypt. The hail broke trees and destroyed crops. This was so severe that the Lord said there hadn’t been anything like it in Egypt since they had become a nation. There was no hail in the land of Goshen where the Israelites lived. Can you imagine the level of destruction and how many must have died, man and beasts alike, from being hit by the enormous hailstones that were big enough to break trees? All of this and Pharoah still had his heart hardened from the Lord. Imagine, if you will, how bad the whole country must have stunk with all the dead fish from the Nile, all the other animals that had been killed by the hail or from drinking the water or from doing without water or food. Although he had promised to let Israel go, once the fire and hail stopped, he again changed his mind. Pharoah is the one that didn’t keep his word.
As you probably already know, Ruth kept her word and kept it well. So well in fact, that she was included in the lineage of David the son of Jesse. She had made 6 promises to Naomi before they had left Moab. She even invoked the witness of God on herself. She was obviously steadfast and determined to go with her so Naomi dropped the subject. Verses 16 and 17 are probably the most popular wedding scriptures used today. If you look down through the remainder of her life, you will be able to see how that God blessed and honored her life from Moab until her death and even far beyond.
I don’t mean to cut the paragraph in Ruth short but thanks to the birth of Christ, we know how that story ended. She was the great (several times) grandmother of the Lord Jesus. Now that you have seen the problems that can arise from being disobedient to God and being focused on yourself, I have a question: How many people have you intreated for lately? Remember the word means to beg earnestly. I am not trying to judge anyone, or pry into your personal business, but please ask yourself: “can the prayers I pray be considered as earnestly begging God’s attention? Is what I pray and what I say apt to turn anyone to Christ?” When is the last time you really made an earnest request to the Lord on behalf of someone else? We all get pretty earnest about the stuff we want but do we pray with the same fervor and intensity for lost souls or even just someone else’s burdens? I am not pointing fingers because I am as guilty as the next person and probably more so. If you want to really encourage someone today: entreat the Lord for them and their needs or just ask God to be with them and bless them like he knows they need. Beseech, implore, and pray earnestly for them and their objects. They may never know it, but they will know that God has blessed them. Oh, by the way; if we would really pray earnestly and entreat the Lord for someone else; we would begin to notice that he was answering a lot of our prayers at the same time. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!