February 20

February 20.

Moses & the Miracles — God reveals Himself through miracles & plagues.

Today’s Readings:

Reading 1: Exodus 7

Reading 2: Exodus 8

Reading 3: Psalm 105:23-38

We said yesterday that we were entering a power struggle, and today the power is unleashed full-force! God’s power is seen clearly and increasingly, yet Pharaoh refuses to give in. This is not just an example of stubborn refusal – the Egyptians believed the Pharaoh was a god and so this was his pride versus God Almighty!

Interestingly, there is also the power of magic and sorcery at play in this story. Occult powers can counterfeit some of God’s works, giving the appearance of power, but you see by the end of chapter 8 that the magicians and sorcerers concede that God’s power is greater.

Notice also how God sends Moses and Aaron to work together – Aaron obeying Moses and doing great and powerful things, to demonstrate and model the relationship God wants with us all – we do what He says, and He works through us for our blessing.

Power is a stubborn task-master, and Pharaoh still has some resistance left yet. We will see more next week.

Have a great day, and remember to do what God says!

Mark.

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