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MosesA god amongst the Egyptians?
"So the Lord said to Moses: 'See, I have made you as god to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron your brother shall speak to Pharaoh to send the children of Israel out of his land.'"
(Bible Study Online Article Covers : Exodus 7:1,2)
In the last article we took a look at how God reminded Moses of who he was, when it came to the "promise covenant" that the Lord had made with his forefathers.
We learned that God would mention a partial genealogy that traced Moses' ancestry back to Jacob's third born son "Levi".
And as we moved forward, we'd discovered that Moses still didn't have the confidence, or the faith to move forward with the divine calling that the Lord had placed on his life:
"But Moses said before the Lord, 'Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh heed me?'" -- Exodus 6:30
But God wouldn't give up on Moses, and this is why as we begin to move forward from within our journey, we find that God is still trying to convince Moses that he's the man for the job: "So the Lord said to Moses: 'See, I have made you as god to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron your brother shall speak to Pharaoh to send the children of Israel out of his land.'" -- Exodus 7:1,2
Bible Study OnlineLet's Take A Look At Something First?
Now I must admit that the passage we just read is very interesting. And we'll explore it a bit more, a little later on within this article, but before we do that, let us not forget how the Egyptians were able to make it to the powerful position that they were now in. So let us revisit this process briefly, for I simply want to make sure that you understand that the Lord has already begun to set Himself apart as being the One True God when He gave Moses the brief genealogy earlier.
Know that the genealogy not only helps Moses to see how important he is to all of this, but if we were to go beyond what God had given to Moses. We could trace Moses' ancestry all the way back to Shem and his father Noah. And we could do better than that, by taking it all the way back to the world before the "Great Flood" and trace Moses' ancestry back to Adam himself.
Bible Study OnlineKeeping It Simple?
But let's keep this simple by stopping at Noah and his three sons (Ham, Japheth and Shem), in what I like to call "the beginning seeds of humanity" who were planted from within the new world after the "Great Flood". Make no mistake, the tremendous love that God has for us is so great, that He couldn't bring Himself to destroy us, even though we continued to rebel and defy Him as a human-race.
Remember the "Tower of Babel?" God could have destroyed mankind once again for their vain and prideful attempt of creating their own way to heaven. But God didn't destroy us, instead He divided mankind, for He saw how dangerous we were to ourselves when we banded together: "But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 'And the Lord said, "Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them."'" -- Genesis 11:5,6
Remember the "Garden of Eden?" God at the beginning gave mankind paradise and all that it could ever want. And yet we listen to the evil in the world and we were convinced that we could do better: "Then the serpent said to the woman, 'You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'" -- Genesis 3:4,5
Bible Study OnlineCan Man - Really Out Do God?
But like always God showed us that we will never be able to out do Him, never be able to out perform Him. And so this should be a reminder to us, that even though mankind may come up with all kinds of scientific theories, religious ideologies and their symbolic idols, and payoff their influential industry slaves to help drive their message to the masses, doesn't mean that their limited worldly way is better than God's.
So here we have God not only letting Moses know, which "God" he's dealing with, but it also let us know (as believers) which "God" we are reading about and following throughout the Sacred Record. These are the things that we must keep in mind, because the elite rich and powerful can always present a natural illusion that may indicate that their way is best, and while doing so, have the confidence and pride to taunt and mock God and His followers, as if they were nothing.
Bible Study OnlineThe Visionary Trap?
I mean after all, this is the same "visionary trap" that Moses had fallen into, for he'd already witnessed the power of God when he was at the "burning bush" and this should have been enough. But when he had looked at the overall luxurious and magnificence of the Egyptian kingdom, and how the Egyptians were giving full credit to all of this, along with their prestigious worldly standing to their gods, it would seem in a natural sense, that the God of Israel just couldn't measure up.
And if one were to be honest, the small wonders that the Lord had shown to Moses at the "burning bush" at that time, must have seemed like some cheap parlor tricks, when compared to the natural overall so-called achievements of the Egyptian Kingdom.
Bible Study OnlineThe Egyptians Were Giving Credit to the Wrong Deity?
Never mind the fact that it was this same God of Israel that had placed the Egyptians in the powerful position that they were now enjoying, which was done through the servitude and faithfulness of Jacob and Rachel's son Joseph. And because of Joseph, both the Egyptians and Israelites greatly benefited. Being that the Egyptians during this time would gain solid-footing within the world as being seen as a superpower. And they were also known as "that nation" that thrived during the "seven year famine", which helped their worldly reputation amongst men all the more.
Bible Study OnlineWhat About the Israelites?
And the Israelites benefited from God providing them with protection and provision throughout the "seven year famine", and although their protection and provision would eventually lead to them being forced to live and serve, from within the bowels of this powerful Egyptian beast that God created. They were still being blessed in spite of their hardship.
Now I know that most won't be able to see how the Israelites were being blessed, and how they were being kept safe by dwelling with the Egyptians, but the reason why I'm making the claim that they were, is for the mere fact that they wouldn't have survived the "seven year famine" if they had not went down to Egypt, and they most definitely would not have survived the dangerous and very precarious environment that the famine had created along with it, when it came to the desperate and famished nations that surrounded them.
Bible Study OnlineThe Last Statement May Seem Strange?
Now I know that the last statement, in regards to the Israelites being protected and blessed by dwelling from within the bowels of the Egyptians, may seem strange to those that are limited to the natural world. But when you're dealing with God, we must not forget that He will turn what would seem like a bad situation to the natural eye, into something good for those who believe in Him with a faithful heart: "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive." -- Genesis 50:20
So you can't ignore the fact that the Israelites were able to grow many times over as a people, while they lived in the bowels of this Egyptian beast - in spite of their enslavement and ongoing afflictions: "But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites." -- Exodus 1:12
Bible Study OnlineMoses I Have Made You A god?
Now I'm revisiting all of this again because I wanted to remind you that, just like I stated earlier, it was the God of Israel that had placed the Egyptians in the powerful position that they were now in. But the Egyptians were giving the full credit to their gods instead.
So now we begin to move forward, and it's at this time that we see that God is about to take things to a whole different level when it comes to the Egyptians, and if they didn't know the God of Israel before, make no mistake, they will know Him soon: "So the Lord said to Moses: 'See, I have made you as god to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron your brother shall speak to Pharaoh to send the children of Israel out of his land.'"
Bible Study OnlineThis Simply Meant?
Let's take a closer look at this statement by God...
"See, I have made you as god to Pharaoh."
God is simply telling Moses that He will do great signs and wonders through him, so-much-so that he will seem like a "god" to the Egyptians. The Egyptians may have numerous "false idols" but they have no idea what a True God can do, but trust, they will soon find out.
"...and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet."
So just like Moses listens to God, and speaks the things that the Lord tells him to say. Aaron will hear from Moses and speak the things that Moses gives to him to say.
In the next Bible Study Online Article:
In the next article we will begin to move forward and we will see that God is not done convincing Moses of who He is. And again, in the process the Lord also tells Moses that He's basically taking His challenge to the Egyptians to a much higher level: "And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt." We'll also take a much closer look at this statement, especially when it comes to God hardening Pharaoh's heart.
May God blessings be upon you, and thank you for your support
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