[CF Devotionals] 2018-04-22 - Exodus: Putting the gods Out of Business

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When he awoke the following morning, the king of Egypt first sat on his bed-couch and read through his most recent correspondence. Then, attended by numerous servants, he bathed and dressed and put on the insignia of royalty. Still, within his palace and under the weight of divine authority, he was joined by the high priest of Amun, before whom he offered a sacrifice to that god, and from whom he heard several prayers and exhortations. This was customary, his daily ritual.

Somewhat unusual, however, was his decision to descend in the company of priests and magi to the banks of the river. Pharaoh decided to pay homage to Hapi, the Nile god shaped like a man so fat that his breasts hung down, and his belly folded over his belt.

This trip was a whim of the morning. Pharaoh had not planned it. No one could have known that it was to take place. Nevertheless, as he approached the river’s brink, he saw that fierce-eyed fellow, Moses, standing directly in front of him, waiting, holding in his right hand a rod as tall as he was.

But Pharaoh stops for no man, certainly not for a nomad. Surrounded by his entourage, he strode toward the water, assuming that the Shasu would be swept aside by the king’s cold countenance and royalty.

But the man stood ground, staring at Pharaoh — then all at once, he began to roar in that articulate Egyptian tongue, causing the others, if not the king, to hesitate.

“The Lord, the God of the Hebrews,” he shouted, “sent me to you saying, Let my people go, that they may service me in the wilderness — and behold, you have not obeyed.”

Now Pharaoh stopped. “I have not what?” he said.

But the wild man did not answer. He issued decrees of his own: “Therefore, by this you shall know that my God is the Lord: I will strike the water of the Nile with my rod, and it shall be turned to blood, and the fish shall die, and the river shall become foul, and everyone will be loath to drink it.”

Immediately, he turned toward the water, raised his long rod, and brought it down with a whistle and a slap on the face of the Nile.

Those who had watched the man’s behavior with curiosity, now stared at the water in astonishment. Where he struck it, the river began to bleed like a living thing. A bright red blood ran in ribbons downstream. It spread wider and wider. It began to creep upstream, too, against the current.

Pharaoh was furious.
“A trick!” he thundered.
He whirled around to one of the magi and threw his scepter at the man, commanding,

“Do the same! Do it now! Make the river bleed!”

The magus obeyed. He scrambled down the bank and stirred Pharaoh’s scepter in clean water, and that water, too boiled up bloody — so Pharaoh closed his mouth, glanced once at the man named Moses, then withdrew and returned to his palace. He would reverence Hapi another day, when the river’s wounds had healed and there were fewer pests about.” 1 

  1. Wangerin, Jr., Walter, The Book Of God, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1996. p. 111-112.

  1. Moses and the Works of God C. The Plague of Blood
    1. The Plague of Frogs
    2. The Plague of Gnats

Ch. 7:14-24 Ch. 8: 1-15 Ch. 8:16-19

Introduction: This section leads to the release of the Children of Israel from bondage. First, we saw Moses’ appearance before the Pharaoh and the sign of the staff. This staff turned to a serpent. The one major point we should remember from that study, is the real battle here is between God and Satan. As is the case anytime God is involved in keeping His word to Israel, Satan comes along and tries to interfere. This was true then, it is still true today, and it will be true when Christ comes to restore His nation.

In this example, Satan’s presence is seen because the King’s magicians were also able to perform supernatural acts. Keep in mind when we look at Satan, remember He has already been defeated through Christ’s death and resurrection. And we have access to that victory.

“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14).

Just as the Lord had warned Moses and Aaron, in spite of the fact the staff/serpent ate the court magicians’ serpents, Pharaoh was unwilling to believe/obey the Lord’s word. He had no intent of letting the Hebrews go. And with this refusal, we find ourselves looking at the first of the Ten Plagues that will eventually result in the release of the people.

Personal Application: How did Moses battle the one behind the Pharaoh? He did so by being obedient to God, serving Him in all things, and leaving the battle and its outcome to God. How should this truth impact the way you deal with any battles you face?

Prayer for the Week: Lord, may You go before me. Help me to leave my struggles, battles, and most of all my fears in Your hands. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Exodus study to be continued.

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