God // Mighty To Save
Posted: Thursday, January 29
Verse of the day:
Let my people go, so they can worship me. If you don’t, I will send more plagues on you and your officials and your people. Then you will know that there is no one like me in all the earth. (Exodus 9:13-14)
The story of the plagues in Egypt may be one of the most popular stories in the Bible. If you’ve seen the recently released movie, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the plagues were brought to life in a very gruesome and physical way. The frogs and boils were especially nauseating to watch on a big screen. Though the movie did a fine job at showcasing certain aspects of the Biblical account while failing at others, one thing was certain - the plagues were brutal.
It’s important to remember that the Israelite people, approximately three million in population, were slaves to the Egyptians. We groan at the way people were treated as slaves in our American history, but the Israelites had it even worse. The Israelite population grew so large that the Egyptians oppressed the Israelite people, breaking their spirits with intentions of squashing any chance of revolt. Exodus chapter 1 says the Egyptians, “made their lives miserable by forcing them into cruel slavery … and they had no pity on them.” As we read the vicious plagues poured out on the Egyptian people, it can appear that God is cruel and even sadistic towards people. But truthfully, God is extending justice to a people group that were tyrannized and persecuted for 430 years so that they could finally be set free and openly worship Him.
This story displays a merciful God, slow to judgment, but one who is just and deals with sin. The Egyptians were given 10 chances to turn towards God. All human tactics and negotiations between Moses and Pharaoh failed, but the plagues revealed that God is mighty to save. The plagues were God’s way of revealing His nature, power, and plans for His creation - first with Israel and eventually the world - the plan was salvation. It’s about God connecting personally with his creation, with us. The generation that witnessed firsthand the plagues and eventual exodus from Egypt were moved towards obedience and faith in God. Moses wrote this account so that those after would know what God did and respond likewise. God is mighty to save, and wants to rescue you first from your sin and then from your oppression. He’s not a god bent on tormenting us, but rescuing us.
- What can God rescue you from? Today you’ve heard the good news of a God who saved over 3 million people so that they could worship Him. Let him do the same for you!
- Moses recorded this story for us to respond to the God who saves with devotion and praise. Let’s thank Him for our freedom and live according to His standards