'The magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God."' Exodus 8:19 NIV
The magicians of Egypt were able to duplicate some of the signs Moses gave Pharaoh from God with visual trickery and illusion. Pharaoh was probably entertained by Moses but not impressed. And so Moses would return to his court again and again, each sign greater than the previous. But before long, the signs couldn’t be reproduced by Pharaoh’s magic circle any more. By the time of the plague of gnats and mozzies, they were scratching their heads (as well as just about everywhere else.) ‘The finger of God!’ they cried out in fear. But it didn’t matter to Pharaoh. He insisted on saying ‘no’ to God. ‘No’ to a God who was trying to help him not reap the consequences of the child–killing spree his ancestors had undertaken eighty years previously. The last plague was imminent but still Pharaoh said ‘no’. Every firstborn boy died as a result of his hard heart.
The Passover story teaches us that God’s finger will not force us to obey but He will claim back what is rightfully His. He will allow the consequences of the past to catch up with us. Pharaoh was given many chances. He didn’t take them. It’s not a formula, but we can take on a lesson for us today: don’t ignore the will of God. The Psalmist wrote, ‘Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary.’ (Psalm 77:13 NKJ) Then he added, ‘Your way was in the sea... in the great waters…’ (Psalm 77:19 NKJ) The sanctuary—the safe place where we learn the easy way—or the storm—the rough place where we learn the hard way: what’s your choice today?
SoulFood: Gen 20-23, Jn 14:1-14, Ps 118:10-18, Prov 31:10-13
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