The plagues (check out previous post) help us appreciate God’s work of salvation. The Hebrews had no way to save themselves. Most had forgotten the stories of faith passed down from Abraham. They drifted so far they began to worship the popular gods of Egypt. Many clung to them in love and passed them on as heirlooms. Years later, Joshua gave this challenge in Joshua 24:14-15, “…Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt…As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” The Israelite slaves were weak physically, beat down emotionally, and lost spiritually.
But God sent Moses, the prince of Egypt, to love, lead, and deliver them from slavery. In his hand, he carried what seemed foolish, a wooden staff used to lead sheep. But when he raised it, God’s power came down and overthrew the evil king. The news of Israel’s great salvation reverberated around the world.
In the same way, God sent the Prince of Heaven, Jesus his Son, into our broken world. He humbled himself and became a servant. He did not carry a wooden staff, but a old, wooden cross. But, when the cross was raised, God’s power conquered the devil.
Hebrews 2:14-15 says, “…He too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil — and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”
Because he bore the punishment for our sins and rose again, all who believe can be forgiven and free. Jesus said in John 8:36, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Now as sons and daughters of God, all we have to do is resist Satan and he will flee (James 4:7). This fantastic news is still alive today, and changing lives all over the planet.
God would not give up on his salvation plan. In the face of Pharaoh’s opposition, he came over, and over again with the same message, “Let my people go!” Are you hearing him call today? Don’t be like Pharaoh and walk away and harden your heart. He’ll only continue to call. Wherever you are, whatever you’ve done, you need to know God has not given up on you.