02/01/18 Exodus Chapters 7-9

Not unusually for me as I read these chapters a question arose.  In Chapter 7:11 and other passages we see the Egyptian “wise men and sorcerers” apparently mimic several of the miracles performed by Moses — the rods into snakes; the Nile into blood; and the frogs invading the land.  How was this done?

Commentators are pretty well aligned in stating that the sorcerers were empowered by Satan & that Satan had the earthly power to perform these events.  Timothy 3:8 even references these men:

 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

Paul reminds us in v.9 that while these men did have power it was limited and that the real truth would be made clear.

A message to me is that Satan existed then, exists today and has power.  We must stay in the Word and always seek the truth and the Truth will be made evident.