05 August 2008

The 10 Plagues – 5.9.08

Numbers 33 is one of those chapters that sometimes makes you wonder why God put it in the Bible. It's a list of all the camping sites the Israelites set up during their 40 years in the wilderness. They started on this day and came to this place and camped there so many days, then removed and came to another place and camped there so many days…and so on and so forth.

Bro. James gave a great take on this chapter one time. The question that plagued his mind as he read was "Who cares?" And the obvious answer to the question was that God cares. And the blessing lies in the fact that no matter where you are and regardless of whether anyone else cares where you are, God knows and God cares.

Now, in reading this chapter this morning, I came across an interesting statement in verse number 4. For the Egyptians buried all their firstborn, which the Lord had smitten among them: upon their gods also the Lord executed judgment.

This matches the statement made in Exodus 12:12, For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt will I execute judgment: I am the Lord.

So among the reasons for the 10 plagues God sent upon Egypt prior to Israel's deliverance was to execute judgment on the Egyptian's gods. Below is a list of some of the major gods the Egyptians worshipped and the plagues that took a blow at each.

Hapi – the Nile river god (water turned to blood)

Heqt – the frog goddess (frogs covered the land)

Seb – the earth god; protector against things that come out of the ground (plagues of lice and flies)

Imhotep – the god of medicine (boils on men and beasts)

Hathor – the mother goddess with the head of a cow (murrain on the cattle)

Nut – goddess of the sky; hail and locusts both came from the sky

Horus – the sun god (3 days of darkness on all the land)

Amun-re – the god of the firstborn (death of the firstborn on Passover night)

*taken from the Chick tract It's the Law

I think that's pretty significant…and I think it's pretty cool.

Psalm 86:10 says, For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone. Solomon said in 1 Kings 8:23, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath.

What a blessing it is to have a personal relationship with the Almighty Creator of the heavens and the earth! Do you count yourself privileged to be called His son? Are you happy and content to live your life in His service?

Ever been street preaching with Gerald Sutek? I remember being on the streets of Victoria on Vancouver Island and hearing Bro. Sutek preach, "If your god is (money, Buddha, fashion, Mohammed, etc.), my God is bigger than your god." It was great. And it's true. He is. He is the One true and living God. Does He not deserve our all?

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