E100: 018 | The Power of God


"In today’s reading we see how God appointed Aaron to serve as a prophet and spokesperson for Moses. Together they demanded that Pharaoh allow the Israelites to leave Egypt. Pharaoh denied their request and so God demonstrated his power through a series of plagues that were not only meant to show Pharaoh that the God of Moses was the one true God, but also remind the Israelites that the Lord was worthy of their worship." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)

Read Exodus 6:28-11:10 | (ESV)

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Go. Tell Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, to let the people of Israel leave his country."

But Moses spoke to the Lord. "The people won't listen to me," he said. "So why would Pharaoh listen to me? After all, I don't speak very well."

..."But I will make Pharaoh's heart stubborn. I will multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt. In spite of that, he will not listen to you. So I will use my powerful hand against Egypt. When I judge them with mighty acts, I will bring my people Israel out like an army on the march.

"Then the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord. I will reach out my powerful hand against Egypt. I will bring the people of Israel out of it." (Exodus 6:28-30, 3-5, New International Reader's Version)
The 10 plagues were not only for Pharaoh. Not only to make him give in. God could have done that without any plagues with just one word. The Lord had his view on eternity and his audience was larger than just Pharaoh. The plaques were designed to display the power of God to Moses, Aaron, the Israelites, the Egyptian people, and ultimately everyone throughout history who would learn of what happened.

I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.

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