The story of Moses is not just a story to be told in Sunday schools or for bedtime stories. It’s not even a mythology similar to those of the Greek and Roman folk tale. It is truth.
During my solitary time, I read through Exodus on how God delivered the Israelites under the wrath of the Egyptians. Even though catastrophic plagues struck down Egypt, the king kept on insisting that he can still conquer and dominate the people of God. I can never imagine how Egypt looked like during that time.
Here are the 10 plagues that literally razed the country to the ground:
1. Water to Blood
7:19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.
8:4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.
3. Gnats or Lice
8:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
8:21 Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.
5. Livestock Diseased
9:8 And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh.9:9 And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.
7. Thunder and Hail
9:18 Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now.
10:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.
10:22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.
10. Death of the Firstborn
With all these happening, the king of Egypt stubbornly disobeyed the Lord’s command through Moses and Aaron. God allowed it. He even orchestrated to even harden the heart of the king for a single purpose. In order for God to display His power and glory not only to the people in Egypt but most especially to His people who were delivered from bondage and slavery.
When the Israelites broke free from the chains of Egypt, they were still deeply troubled. They were insecure of what to do afterwards. They lacked faith. While they were on their way to freedom, the king of Egypt summoned his army to attack the Israelites. This was the time when Moses split the red sea into two.
While the Egyptians were on their way to furiously seize the Israelites, the people of God’s response was baffling. They were taken aback. They didn’t know what to do.
They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.”
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.
Sometimes we think that life is becoming impossible that everything is going backwards. When hope is getting thinner, remember that God will fight for you. When He says He will do it, He will do it no matter what. That’s the awesome thing about our God.
If God will fight for us, our only response is just to be still. And know that He is God and nothing is definitely impossible for Him to do.
Just a simple thought for the day. Happy Sunday! God bless you!
(Source: 10 Plagues)