“Exposing the Exodus”
The Singular Effect of the Strike – (Chapter 7 Verses 14-25)
The king’s heart is further hardened, as the Lord said would be the case (v22-25). He is confirmed in his resolve to withstand the word and the will of God. It is frightening. It is even an act of judgment that the sorcerers are allowed to perform their signs and wonders. But as the king is confirmed in his obstinacy he is not of a mind to make a distinction between the work of God and the devil’s. He is, you might say, borne away by Satanic delusions. We are told this will be the case for many prior to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, “the coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore, God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12). Take no pleasure in unrighteousness, rather forsake it and turn to the Lord and his revealed truth that you might be saved. Seeing what these sorcerers perform, would this be a temptation for God’s servants? I mean as they witness this power that seems to be equal to God’s power, does this shake them? It is indeed a test. Hence, the need for us to be in our Bible’s, studying and learning the truth, growing in Christian discernment. Lest we ourselves be deceived. But take note of the callous indifference of this man Pharaoh (v23). He is stubborn, unmoved. Blinded by his pride and contempt of God. When God warns us we must not sleep through it, his desire is to awaken, arouse us, that we may pay attention to his workings, and be instructed. To reverence him. Doubtless, God’s people Israel are suffering temporarily in this situation. But it is nothing to the suffering Pharaoh is causing his own nation for which God will hold him responsible, by his callous indifference to God.
Some say that their sin is their own affair. It has nothing to do with anyone else, it only affects them. This is not true. It affects everyone around them, themselves yes, their family, friends, society and yes their nation. Ultimately, it is standing against God. This hardness exemplifies the work of Satan. But the Son of God came to destroy his work, “the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). It is only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ that ultimately Satan’s hold, his snare can be broken. “God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:26). Alas, man would rather bow to a thousand idols than the truth of God. The reason? Pride. Egypt trusted in their gods of the Nile, but they failed them. Because what they trusted in was false. To be religious is not enough. The ground upon which you are building today is it rock or sand (Luke 6:46-49)? Or a bit of both? Like Egypt of old if you are not trusting in Christ alone you are going to need a shovel soon. Each and every act of judgment you read about in the Old Testament is a picture of the big one, the day of the Lord at the end of the age. The day of judgment when every false religion and every kingdom raised in opposition to God’s will fall (1Corinthians 15:25-28). Only God’s truth, God’s kingdom will be left standing.
(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)