A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
Now comes a series of ten plagues.
These are designed to prove God’s power and wear down the king’s resistance, but it's only in the final instance, when Pharoah’s son himself dies that there is final capitulation.
Egypt as a civilization worshiped magic
. The gods themselves were judged on the basis of the magic they could do. Power was not in the gods it was in the magic they knew how to use, and so Moses’ demonstrations were particularly effective in this context.
It is instructive to note
the magicians of Pharaoh’s court were able to match Moses step by step through the first two plagues, but after the third plague they had no more power and in an ironic twist are not able to appear in court because they themselves are afflicted by boils during the sixth plague!
Through nine plagues Pharaoh alternately makes agreements and renounces them. And in spite of the fact that during all this time, God protects the People of Israel from every disaster.
Still the Pharaoh’s heart remains hard.
It’s interesting that the text says God made the king stubborn (or hardened
his heart). Sometimes this is used to argue that God makes certain people do evil. That's never the case. God simply uses the king’s already established outlook and perspective
to demonstrate His own power and bring judgment on him and his Godless nation. Even in the middle of this process, some of the Egyptians repent and become supporters of the Israelites.
What does it take for God to get your attention?
What do you do when you realize that He wants something you don’t?
God doesn’t want to afflict his, He wants to redeem us
– to bring us back from the edge of self-centeredness and the destructive behavior and consequences that produces.
What do you need to do today to move closer to God’s will for your life?
Why not ask Him? As you pray, ask Him to show you what you need to work on: a relationship, habit, attitude or commitment.
God is ready to lead us forward whenever we are ready and willing to follow.
© A. Eugene Pearson 2011