Notes on the Exodus (80)

‘Exposing the Exodus”

The way, the truth and the life!

Confrontation With Darkness  (Chapter 7 Verses 8-13)

We are in the realms of the supernatural here, both sides of it (v10-12). Naturalistic explanations will not do. God has, and does, often intervene in history in supernatural ways. This will always be a problem to unbelief, to natural human reason. What’s needed is clear biblical thinking. The question we must always ask ourselves is, is this supernatural power God’s? Where is it coming from? We need to careful not to be involved in ways that will lead us away from God, opening ourselves to Satanic activity, leading into the darkness. We need to keep away from tarot cards, seances, fortune telling and such like demonic activities. We need to very careful in the area of the spiritual language and concepts that belong to the New Age movement. For much of what is called new in that area is simply old pantheism. God is everything and in everything, spiritism. We need to be clear in our thinking in regards to the biblical doctrine of God, what the Scriptures teach. We to have our minds renewed on a daily basis (Romans 12:2). We need to develop a healthy critical spirit. When you’re told to find God in yourself to remember we find God in Jesus (John 14:8). Think, think, think (2Thessalonians 2:9)! Don’t just naively accept that all that’s supernatural is good, of God. These two sorcerers (v11) are an example (2Timothy 3:8). Jesus speaks of those who seem to be his committed disciples but are not (Matthew 7:21).  Even though able to do amazing spiritual things, they have nothing to do with the kingdom of God. We are told not to be deceived by sign and wonders (1John 4:1). Some, of course, say that these sorcerers do not work real miracles, the Bible is quite clear,“they did the same by their secret arts” (v11). Their rods became serpents by the power of Satan. Both Pharaoh and Egypt’s lifestyle left them open to the powers of evil.

But, the contest is not equal. Jesus is stronger than Satan. It is not an equal fight though the powers may appear to be similar. The battle is real, the evil is real (Ephesians 6:10-12). But there is no doubting regards the outcome, the victory over darkness has been won in Jesus. God is supremely in control of this Satanic monster. Are you walking in fear or in victory, that is the question. Many live in fear daily. Trapped by their own failures, feelings, and the accusations of the evil one. Deceived, conned into thinking that Satan is in control, which sends them into a tailspin of hopelessness. He is not in control. We, God’s children, we have the victory in Jesus. But we must walk in that victory by faith. This battle being fought here ought not to surprise us. If we but studied the Bible we would see from the beginning this is the warfare between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. But soon the seed of the woman, Christ, will crush the serpent under his heel. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15). “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (Romans 16:20).

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)

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