10:7 And Pharaoh's servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the
men go, that they may serve the LORD their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?
Nov. 17, 2005 EGYPT IS DESTROYED
The Septuagint translated "passer from beyond" (perates), taking the name from eeber "beyond." The name is also derived from
on the other side",
Repeatedly the enemy tries
to negotiate when he sees he's up against someone that will stand firmly on the Word of God. Don't back down, don't negotiate
and beware a false or partial surrender.
7: "Knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?"
When God looses his people from sin, and bondage, he not only breaks
the bonds, he completely obliterates them. There's nothing left of the bondage that can retain a hold on his people. And he
brings them out with gifts and abilities and power to live for him. When he took Israel out of Egypt, that land was devastated.
It's people were devastated and plundered. And God went all out to show his people this truth. He went way above and beyond
what was necessary so there would no doubt in his people's mind or in their enemies' minds that God's people were free.
first plague, the water turning to blood, it killed the fish, in the water. The frogs. The Lice. The Flies. The plague on
the animals, the boils on both beast and human, the hail, the locusts, the darkness, the death of the firstborn.
the command was given to let God's people go, retaliation from the enemy was swift. BUT God told Moses beforehand everything
that would happen and the consequences that would be forthcoming. Not one time were God's people left in the dark to wonder
what was going on. They only fretted because they did not believe. God told Moses in ch. 7:2-5 what would happen. He would
demand his people be set free. Pharaoh would not listen or let them go. God would lay his hand on Egypt and bring forth "his
armies" out by great judgments." God calls things that are not as though they are. He knows where he wants to take us and
what he wants to make us and he is able.
to the natural eye, at the time, were a subdued, depressed, and weary group of slaves. They had nothing. They had no money,
no freedom, their children were being slaughtered, (males), symbolic of strength, they were oppressed, beat down, discouraged.
Weak. And God calls them his armies.
Exo 7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.
Exo 7:2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother
shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land.
Exo 7:3 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my
wonders in the land of Egypt.
Exo 7:4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand
upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.
And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they.
And Moses was fourscore
years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spoke unto Pharaoh.
And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Show a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast
it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.
And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh,
and before his servants, and it became a serpent.
Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their
Egypt means that troubles or oppresses; anguish
It's also symbolic of the people of God trusting in flesh. Relying on someone or something other than God.
God does not lend his strength to flesh, but only to faith. Here, he meant he would show the enemy without a doubt he was
God, and he was able to deliver, and he would free his people. God only allowed them to be held captive long enough to destroy
the power of their enemy, and put on a display for his people and the whole world to see, both natural and spiritual, that
He had control, and that his people would be free.
When God does something,
the first thing the enemy will try to do is duplicate it, he will have a fake for everything God does. This is one way the
enemy tries to discourage God's people and sow unbelief in their hearts and minds. God kept his servant informed during the
entire thing of exactly what was going on and what would happen next. He gave him clear, concise direction. So, to combat
this, we must be familiar with the Word of God ourselves. To know what God has said for our selves. Now, think about what
is about to happen here. Pharaoh *(a type of the devil) had a great setup here. He was the supreme (so he thought) ruler,
unchallenged, in total control, (again, so he thought), living in a luxurious palace, with servants and slaves, satisfying
his every whim and appetite, ruling with a heavy hand, over the people both of his own country, and a foreign country (God's
people are in but not of this world). He was particularly cruel to the foreigners. He made slaves out of them. He slaughtered
their children. He had them beaten. He looked on them with something akin to fear heavily laced with contempt. He feared their
strength, so he immediately set about to weaken them. To discourage them. To occupy them.
dominate them completely. He used their forced labor to build up his own land and make it more glorious to the world. He was
arrogant, calculating, and evil. He had magicians and sorcerers in his palace that entertained and served him. They counseled
him. And here comes an 83 and an 80 year old man. They tell this powerful ruler to let the foreigners he uses for slave labor
go. Release them, says the Lord. Moses was told beforehand by God exactly what would happen and how to handle it. Oh, to get
so close to God to have that kind of communion!!!! It is what the Lord wants, as well, I believe. Jesus did not give us access
to the Father for us not to use it. It's a high privilege, and required a high price. And he paid it. God forgive me for letting
things hinder me from going there.
Aaron's rod was turned into a serpent, This word is
used symbolically of a deadly, subtle, malicious enemy (Luk_10:19).
Serpent. The Hebrew
word, nachash, is the generic name of any serpent. The following are the principal biblical allusions
to this animal --
its subtlety is mentioned
its wisdom is alluded to by
our Lord in Mat_10:18;
the poisonous properties of
some species are often mentioned, see Psa_58:4; Pro_25:32;
the sharp tongue of the serpent
is mentioned in Psa_140:3;
the habit serpents have of
lying concealed in hedges and in holes of walls is alluded to in Ecc_10:8;
their dwelling in dry sandy places, in Deu_8:15;
(Lord help us to have that living water flowing freely in us, for the unclean spirits love dry
(Pro_30:19); the serpent, though without feet
or wings, trails along the rock (stony places
being its favorite resort) wheresoever it will, leaving no impression of its way, light,
gliding without noise, quick, and the mode unknown to us.
God help us not to have a hard heart, but to be broken before the Lord, usable, teachable, yielded to Him.
When the command was given to let God's people go, retaliation from the enemy was swift. BUT God told Moses
beforehand everything that would happen and the consequences that would be forthcoming. Not one time were God's people left
in the dark to wonder what was going on. They only fretted because they did not believe. God told Moses in ch. 7:2-5 what
would happen. He would demand his people be set free. Pharaoh would not listen or let them go. God would lay his hand on Egypt
and bring forth "his armies" out by great judgments." God calls things that are not as though they are. He knows where he
wants to take us and what he wants to make us and he is able.
Israel, to the natural eye, at the time, were a subdued, depressed, and weary group of slaves.
They had nothing. They had no money, no freedom, their children were being slaughtered, (males), symbolic of strength, they
were oppressed, beat down, discouraged. Weak. And God calls them his armies.
first thing God does is cut off the water. Without it, the people will get weak. He turns it into blood, why blood? Blood
is very sacred to God, could it be because of the bloodshed of the innocent babes thrown in the Nile by the Egyptians? For
as the blood of Abel cried out to God, surely, these innocent children's blood did, too. Of course, the magicians duplicated
this. And the Egyptians had to stop tormenting God's people and start digging for water. Exo_7:24