Read Exodus 7 – 10 about God demonstrating His power in Egypt.
“Let my people go,” Moses said to the mighty ruler of Egypt. But Pharaoh would not. The more plagues God sent through the hands and the rod of Moses and Aaron, the harder Pharaoh’s heart became.
But God had a promise to keep. He was in covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God does not break His promise.
Some may get hung up trying to understand the whys and the wherefores of God hardening a heart. Can I just say that I don’t understand all the ways of a mighty God who can do whatever He wants to do to accomplish his purpose? What I do understand is this: God will do whatever He has to do to deliver His people.
The story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt highlights God’s power like no other place in the Old Testament. No wonder the man Moses is so revered by the Jews. He was the mouth of the Almighty and the hand of Jehovah to bring the most amazing miracles into being. The great land of Egypt began to crumble as one plague after another fell on man and beast and field. Pharaoh’s servants urged him to send the Hebrews away because Egypt was distroyed.
Yet . . . in the land of Goshen where the Hebrews were living there was a distinction. After the third plague, Goshen appears to be exempt from all the other horrendous acts of judgment.
God was declaring Himself loud and clear.
To Pharaoh and his countryman, He would show them that He was the all-powerful Lord over all. The many deities they served fell powerless before Him.
To the Israelites, He would show Himself to be Yahweh, the I Am, their Savior and Deliverer. He would prove that what He says He will do.
The picture, the shadow becomes clearer as we view it through the lens of the New Testament. God said He would send a Redeemer who would set His people free through a once and for all sacrifice. He would destroy the dark powers of this world and triumph over them with the same mighty outstretched arm He showed in Egypt.
Only this time the outstretched arm would be on a cross. Because God keeps His promises.
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