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.


  • Artie Shaffer

    I think another question to ask is; “why did God start with plagues that could be duplicated in the first place?” I think as you look at the progression of plagues not only was God displaying His power over the Egyptian gods, but By allowing the first three plagues to be duplicated was how God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. We often assume that God took away Pharaoh’s “Free will” – I suggest that Pharaoh’s “Free will” was always in play, God just put the events together in such a way that He knew the path Pharaoh’s evil would travel!

    “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”
    ‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:9-12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • missliz

    God could certainly have wiped out Egypt in the beginning and freed his people but he chose to “raise up” Pharaoh to show not only the Egyptians who he was but all the world. God is not who I think he is or who I would like for him to be but he is who he says he is.

    As this story plays out, I think God is also showing the Hebrew nation that it would be hard to worship him correctly enslaved in a pagan nation. God calls us to worship him in community but he also calls us to worship him daily in our lives. It makes it hard to worship him when we do not separate ourselves from pagan influences.

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