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Powerless

May 9, 2016

When God spoke to Moses at the burning bush, He commissioned Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt into the land promised them. God sent Moses to Pharaoh to demand the release of the Israelites from their slavery. God gave Moses a not quite comforting promise, “And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you, no, not by a might hand.” (Exodus 3:19) How would you like that task? Go tell one of the greatest rulers in the world to God said to let His people go, but the king is not going to listen to you. Why would God do this? Why send a man on a task that everyone knows is going to fail?

In the next several chapters God says over and over why He is doing what He is doing.
When God gives Moses the words to tell Israel of their coming deliverance. “And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.” (Exodus 6:7)

Later God repeats the promise that Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go, but God would show His mighty power through Pharaoh. He would bring his people out of the land by mighty judgments. “And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt.” (Exodus 7:5)

Then throughout the plagues the theme continues.
“Thus saith the Lord, in this thou shalt know that I am the Lord. Behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river and they shall be turned to blood.” (Exodus 7:17)

“And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only? And he said, To morrow. Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the Lord our God.” (Exodus 8:9-10)

“And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.” (Exodus 8:22)

“ For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.” (Exodus 9:14) “And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.” (Exodus 9:16)

Why did God inflict such incredible plagues upon Egypt? He did it so all men would know He alone is God. As Exodus 12:12 and Numbers 33:4 says the plagues were a judgment against the gods of Egypt. The plagues showed that the many gods of Egypt were powerless against the power of God. They were proven to be impotent gods. God showed Himself to be the only true God. There is none other like Him in the earth. By this display of His mighty power He showed to Israel, to Egypt, to the ancient world and to the world today that He alone is the true God.

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