Notes on the Exodus (79)

“Exposing the Exodus”

The way, the truth and the life!

That Ancient Serpent  (Chapter 7 Verses 8-13)

Both Pharaoh and the Egyptians are not just in the grip of sin but under the sway and influence of the powers of darkness. We must remember that Pharaoh foreshadows, is an Old Testament type of the anti-Christ. He is the head of the world-power that stands in opposition to God and his kingdom. The serpent (v9), is a frightful, powerful confirmation of this fact. This is no ordinary grass snake. In the original it is the same word translated dragon, and elsewhere is referred to Pharaoh himself. “Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him and against all Egypt; speak, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lies in the midst of his streams, that says, ‘My Nile is my own; I made it for myself” (Ezekiel 29:2-3). He represents the dragon of Revelation (Revelation 12:9). He suffers from the very modern delusion that he is his own god, that he is god, “proclaiming himself to be God” (2Thessalonians 2:4). He declares what sin is and isn’t. He declares what the rules are and who rules. God has news for Pharaoh and his modern counterparts, and it is not good news. They don’t call the shots, God does. When a nation’s religion is false it is looking death and judgment in the face. Some, of course, would say there is no need for conflict. Pharaoh has his pagan idolatry and Moses has his Bible, live and let live! Let’s all celebrate this wonderful diversity, no faith, multi-faith and multiculturism. And all live happily ever after. Not quite. There is no such thing as an A-religious person. All religion apart from the God of Holy Scripture is sinful idolatry, whether it be the religion of the State, i.e., secular humanism, the idolatry of Mecca or the Vatican. The question is which will prevail?

There is no such thing as an A-religious State, or politics this is impossible. If the State’s religion is Islam, for example, it will rule barbarically by the power of Allah’s sword. If the State’s religion is secular humanism it will be murderous, pagan, idolatrous. But they will all struggle for dominance. The result is instability, unrest, and fear in society. In the world, believers are supposed to be working towards a State and society under God and his word. With the State doing its God-appointed task of administering justice, wielding the magistrates sword (Romans 13:1ff). That is punishing criminals, rapists, and murderers etc. You may have noticed that there are no prisons in the Bible. The church would have its own job to do educating both its own people as well as the State. The family would have its own God-given task handed back to them. Caring for and educating their children looking after the infirm and elderly. It would be the end of the ‘Nanny State.’ No more prisons needed, the end of the benefits system, children educated in accord with the parents wishes, in a godly fashion. Alas, this is not what we see. The more secular humanistic society becomes, the more lawless, unjust, anti-authoritarian it becomes. It speaks of love but knows not what love is. The adulterer says he loves his wife but he is a liar. He may enjoy bedding his wife as much as his lover, but he doesn’t love her. Love obeys God, his commandments. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)

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