I guess I left this article uncompleted for too long a time. Lately God pushed me to re-listened to the sermons and now I have more than enough materials to complete this series
My only fear is that I may not have all the time to record everything.

Actually there is a part 6. If time permits, I would like to write that down too.

So far, we have covered 2 parts of the discussion of the 10 plagues

Part 1: Talks about the introduction and a brief summary of the story of Exodus
Part 2: Talks about the fairness of God in the 10 plagues

Part 2 teaches us that we have to fear God, we cannot just say that because God loves us, gives us the Holy Spirit and we are his children, therefore we can just do what we please. If we ignore the moving of the Holy Spirit, we will grieve the Holy Spirit and one day he will leave you. So when God punish us and send calamities upon us, do we now re-examine our faith or to continue sinning? I guess my wise readers will know the answer to it.

Today lets talk about “How the 10 plagues Teaches About The Power of God And The Power Of Satan”

The Ten Plagues Are Chosen To Target Specific Egyptian gods

Recall that Pharaohs hard heartedness stems from the fact that he believes that the gods of Egypt will be able to withstand the attacks of the God of the Hebrews. At the beginning of the plague God told Moses to go to the bank of the river Nile in the morning. God knows that the Pharaoh would be there (Ex 7:14-15). Why did the Pharaoh have to visit river Nile in the morning? I hardly think he was planning to take a bath or to take a drink. In fact, I would think that he was trying to make a prayer to the god of River Nile (Hapi) to protect the land against the God of the Hebrews.

God specifically chose the time when the Pharaoh was asking for the river god to give him his blessing, so that the blessing would be turn to a curse. God wanted the Pharaoh to understand that the God who controls River Nile is actually the God of the Hebrews, the only God. and that God has chosen to execute his judgement because of his disobedience.

I came across an interesting website that discuss the gods targeted in the 10 plagues by some scholars.

1. Nile Hapi, god of the Nile
2. Frogs Heket, goddess of Fertility
3. Lice Geb, god of the earth
4. Flies Khepri, god of creation, rebirth
5. Livestock Hathor, goddess of love, protection
6. Boils Isis, goddess of medicine and peace
7. Hailstone Nut, goddess of the sky
8. Locust Seth, god of the storm and disorder
9. Darkness Ra, the sun god
10. Firstborn Pharaoh, Ultimate power in Egypt

These plagues are targeted specifically at the gods Egyptians worship.. God uses the plagues to proclaim to the Egyptians that the idols they worship are not gods, and the idols cant protect themselves. God of the Hebrews indeed controls the heaven and earth.. since no one wanted to believe Him. so God uses the 10 plagues to prove his point. The 9th plagues was interesting because the Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt are known to the the sun of Ra the sun God. and the Pharaoh was targeted at the 10th Plague, when he refused to talk to Moses anymore (Ex 10:27-29)

We have discussed earlier regarding the reason behind Pharaohs hard heartedness, and that his submission to the God of the Hebrews may lead to him losing his divine status to the Egyptians, thus costing him his throne and his threatening his position as Pharaoh.

As Pharaoh is the king of the world, right now the king of the world is none other than Satan (Lk 4: 5-6)

But we also know that his power is limited by looking at the 10 plagues

The 10 Plagues shows that the power of the devil is within the constraints of God

1st Plague: River turn into Blood

We can see that the magicians of the Pharaoh were able to turn water into blood too. (Ex 7:22). it will seem that the power of the devil is the same as the power of God, but is it true? Now let us wear the shoes of the Pharaoh to appreciate it. If you were the Pharaoh, would you command your magicians to turn the River Nile red or to reverse the spell cast by Moses? But clearly, the magicians cannot go against the will of God, it was God who wanted the River Nile to be turn into blood, they could only reproduce the miracle and not go against it. They are unable to go against the will of God.

From this we can see that the power of the devils is limited by the will of God

This is more clearly evident in the next plague

2nd Plague: Frogs

Lets read Ex 8:6-7, would you call your magicians to make more frogs or to drive the frogs away? It is evident that the magicians cannot go against the will of God, from their enchantments, they can only fulfil Gods will further by making more frogs pop up into the land of Egypt. in Ex 8:8-9. The Pharaoh had to humble himself and to ask Moses and Aaron to chase the frogs away.

Some scholars claimed that there is a reason why Moses told the Pharaoh to choose a time for the frogs to return to the river (Ex 8:9-11) . According to Egyptian records, the river Nile had ever became red before, and the Egyptians have their own explanation how it occurs. And during such calamity, it is natural that the frogs would escape from the river and hop all over the land. Pharaoh may have think that Moses and Aaron is just making use of natural disasters to threaten him, so why must he submit to Moses. In order to make the Pharaoh understand that the frogs and the river are not natural disasters. God told Moses to ask Pharaoh to decide a time for the frogs to depart, and it will be done according to the order of the Pharaoh. God wanted the Pharaoh to know that the water turn into blood because of Gods command to Moses, and the frogs leave Egypt at his command as well. Even the Pharaohs magicians are unable to control when the frogs were to leave Egypt. This could only be done when Pharaoh is submissive to God.

You can see how God taught the Pharaoh

3rd Plague Lice

This is the time when God decided to limit the power of satan. The magicians cannot reproduce lices God has stopped them from succeeding. This is when the magicians gave up and told the Pharaoh, it is the finger of God. Ex 8:19

6th Plagues: Boils

This is the time when God judges the magicians Ex 9:11. There is something special about this plague, for the first 5, God always allow Moses to speak address the Egyptians before and this time God told Moses not to say anything, just walk up, take the ashes from the furnace, and scatter it onto the heavens. Ex 9:8. in this particular plague, God decided not to give warning, and immediately punish the magicians of the Pharaoh as well as everyone else.

This is to allow Pharaoh to understand that the very people that he trusted to defend Egypt from the God of the Hebrews, cannot even defend himself if God choose. God spoke again to Pharaoh in the 7th plague, he made a very unusual comment

“for at this time I will send all My plagues to your very heart, and on your servants and on your people, that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth. Now if I had stretched out My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, then you would have been cut off from the earth” – YHWH Ex 9:14-15

God reminded Pharaoh that if he would have willed to kill him from the earth, he would have done so much earlier in the plagues.

What we can learn from all these?

If we can look beyond the pain and suffering of the 10 plagues and search deeper into the truth behind the 10 plagues, we can see that our God is indeed a mighty God. Although we can deny that there are evil spirits int he world and there are many pagan and occult practises in the world. God constraints and limit their power. God at the same time punish the people who uses it. Therefore as Christians let us not be afraid of them, but rather we ought to be afraid of not following God and opening a foothold for the devil to world. If we do not draw near to God but yet rely on enchantments to protect us, we will lose our faith eventually.

This calls to my mind the story of King Saul, a mighty king who used to draw close to God. He fought many battles for God and even David called Saul a great hero. But in the end, he failed in his faith because of pride and jealousy. He was greedy for money and power and he turn his heart toward evil. Grieving the Holy spirit. Finally the Spirit of God left him. At the very end of his life, he even have to consult a mediums, whom he had banished from the land of Israel.

The bible left these examples behind to encourage us to draw near to God, and not grieve the Holy Spirit. Let us stay away from superstition and draw near to God. Just like what Elder James says

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” – James (Jas 4:7-8)

Can we resist the devil? James tells us he can be resisted, only if we were to submit to God, and draw near to him. The devils will flee from us. We can never resist the devil if we rely on our mere power, self determination. We must humble ourselves and draw near to him. How do we do that? James told us to cleanse our hands, purify our hearts. Elder Peter added

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” – Peter (1 Pet 5:8-9)

The devil is like a roaring lion, but e looks for targets, he cannot just eat anyone, or else we should be afraid. He is often prowling for people to devour. and who are those? They are people who have lost their faith in God, people who stay away from God and not repent, just like King Saul, who initially left a foothold for the devil and finally sought for the devil himself.

Peter tells us to resist him, be steadfast in faith, he has given to us many other brother and sisters who had suffered tribulation in their walk of faith. At that time, there are brethren who had lose their faith asking “Why are tribulation not over? Why is the attacks of the devil so powerful now?” Peter exhorts them not to give up and lose faith. We need to be steadfast forever, not give up, just like Job. Job has an mentality within him that the devils may harm his body and his life, but he cannot harm the soul of Job. Even if Job would to die, he knows that he will be able to meet God, this faith is something the devils can never devour. So from remembering the story of Job we can understand what it means to resist the devil. We have to ask God to increase our faith.

This is another lesson we can learn from the 10 plagues.

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