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Exodus 7

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As a Christian I do not wish to talk about the greatest evil in the world today – homosexuality. But, I am called to do so. I wish to avoid it, but I cannot and must obey God. Those who think Islam is worse, should find out what is truly happening. Homosexual forces are successful, for now. They are getting all countries not only to bring about legislation to make people accept the vile sin, but they are set to take our children as their sex objects. In turn, this will produce even more homosexuals, all of whom are likely to die of vile diseases.

But it involves far more than that. The agenda is to crush all preaching of the true Gospel, and to eradicate Christians and their beliefs. They are pushing to have a completely hedonistic lifestyle, where literally ‘anything goes’. And there is more than that! This is why Christians must make a stand, not as effete smilers, but as battle-hardened soldiers of the Lord! There is an apt season for everything and all kinds of responses. Now is the season of battles. It is not a time to rest, as David did, thus losing his kingdom and reason.

Christians who try to hide from their responsibilities in this are indeed cowards. I know because, at times, I have been a coward, and may yet resort to it again! But, beware, for those who try to hide from the enemy will receive no quarter. A hardened enemy views cowards as nothing, and will strike them down with great ferocity, having no time for their fear. As I have always said, I would prefer to go down fighting than to hide and be discovered quaking, and to be hacked-down anyway!

What is this fight? In our case it is spiritual. We must stand firm in God, be filled with His knowledge and be strong in the Holy Spirit. There might be a time in the future when Christians will have to ‘go underground’ or even to fight in other ways, but for now we are called to stand firm and present a bold and godly front to all who despise us.

If any of the enemy wish to talk genuinely, we must do so. If any listen and come away to find salvation, then we must help. But their sins must be roundly condemned. We cannot condemn the sinners themselves, because that is up to God. But we must condemn what they do, without hesitation. Many today are joining the ranks of wicked men and women, as if to do so was a virtue. They even speak against those who stand firm. Thus, they, too, will suffer defeat when God acts against those they support. Make no mistake, for it will happen.

Verses 1 - 6

  1. “And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.

  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.

  3. And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they.

  6. And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.”

“I have made thee a god to Pharaoh”. The word for ‘god’ is the same as if used for Almighty God, ‘elohiym. However, in this text, it must refer to Moses as being God-ward, or to being great/mighty, a judge. It could also refer to Moses as an angel; that is, a messenger from God. All are possibly legitimate interpretations of the word.

Aaron is “thy prophet”, nabiy’, meaning spokesman/speaker. This appears to qualify the word ‘god’ as meaning a God-ward messenger… Moses gives the message to his brother, who then speaks it to Pharaoh. Note that Aaron is “thy prophet” and not “my prophet”? That is, he is speaking on behalf of Moses, not God, because God has given the message to Moses, who passes it on.

This interpretation is verified by verse 2… Moses is to speak what God gives him to say, and Aaron would pass it on to Pharaoh. He is simply to tell Pharaoh to release the Hebrews.

Then come words that all Arminianists cannot get rid of: “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart”. Calvinism is hated by Arminianists for saying God chooses who is to be saved and who is to go to hell. It is all God’s choice, not ours. Here, a specific example is pushed into prominence. God deliberately stops Pharaoh from believing and obeying. This implies that Pharaoh might have sent the people away, if God had not stopped him, causing him to reject the message from Moses. The meaning of ‘hardened’, qashah, in this context is obstinacy or stubborn. It is my view that when we observe men acting in what seems to be idiotic ways in an effort to defy God, decency, order, etc., it is probably the result of a similar godly judgment upon them. For us, whether He does this directly, or through Satan as indirect agent, is not the point. The point is this – God barred a man from acting wisely, for His own divine purposes.

A number of reasons exist for men’s obstinacy against God. A man can be stopped from obeying by his own psychological failures; he might be influenced by external pressures (which are not ultimately an excuse); he may be led by Satan, as possessed or as oppressed, or as influenced; he might sometimes be led by misunderstanding or bad teaching; but he might also be hardened by God Himself. There are times when God allows Satan to have his own way for a season. God may even elect to direct Satan to do so; though for different reasons, God did this with Job. Remember that though Satan is lost and is temporary ruler of this world, he is still subject to God’s direct commands. In the case of Pharaoh, God personally made him reject holy demands. But why?

God says it is because He wanted to “multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.” God wanted to show the people of the whole country that the Hebrew God is the one and only God. He would do it through many signs and wonders. The ‘signs’, ‘owth, were miraculous omens, warnings from God Almighty. Signs are not the full expression of God’s boundless power; they were just partial, small signs of His overall power. God cannot unleash His full power, for if He did so, the entire universe would collapse and die!

‘Wonders’, mowpheth, are visible expressions of power. God can show His power invisibly or visibly. In this case He wanted to hold Pharaoh’s heart in His hand, to finally crush it; but He also wanted to show Pharaoh and the world that He is the only God, a God full of power and eternal might. Interestingly, the root of mowpheth is yaphah, meaning bright and beautiful. Is it not apt that God’s power is called ‘beautiful’, a reflection of His true being? It is my personal view that there are no ‘negatives’ in God, or what He does; nor is anything He does ‘ugly’ or ‘bad’. This is because God is pure and true, so everything He says and does must, by nature, be good and true, or ‘beautiful’.

God knew in advance that Pharaoh would not listen to Moses. Thus, Pharaoh and all of Egypt were ‘locked-in’ to God’s wrath and power against them as a nation. They could not escape God or what he wished to do, even if they could somehow obey Him! God told Moses that Pharaoh would be prevented from obeying His demands, so that God could “lay (his) hand upon Egypt.” I have no doubt that Arminianists will recoil in horror at that. Nevertheless, this is what God did. Do they wish to take up their horror with God? Then let them!

Genuine Christians may not relish what God did, because as human beings we fear harm being done to us and others. Even so, we obey and accept that if this is God’s plan, then so be it. The word ‘lay’, nathan, means that God’s hand was used to deliver-up or appoint Egypt, to its fate, to be inflicted. ‘Hand’, yad, is a word used to denote power. Thus, God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that He could display His divine power and judgment.

God said “(I want to) bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.” In this text ‘armies’, tsaba’ must mean ‘host’ or ‘that which goes forth’, rather than a military army, for no reference is found concerning a military group. A group of angels could also be used as meaning, but not in this case, unless we use it to speak of the angel of death. So, the whole host of Israel would escape because of God’s “great judgments” upon Pharaoh and Egypt.

Today, few Christians understand this concept of godly judgments being used against people in modern times. Yet, this is what happened even recently, in the form of AIDS! It is happening even now, with the disintegration of godly government and the election of evil as the norm in society; and in the silencing of churches throughout the world, as evil men take over. Whether we believe this or not, godly judgment, shephet, is an actuality. It is a show of God’s anger against a people. With Pharaoh there were ‘great judgments’. We see this today with AIDS; millions are dying, and many more millions will die, yet homosexuals continue in their grotesque evils, defying God and striking-down His people. The inevitable must therefore happen: God has already hardened their hearts; now He will continue to strike at their very hearts until, one day, they submit on bended knees to their fate, hell. Until that time God’s people must continue under the yolk of evil men, but be alert and ready for the time when God intervenes on their behalf and strikes down the enemy decisively.

At that time they will, like the Egyptians, “know that I am the LORD”! They will witness God’s hand against them and watch as God’s people are victorious, safe in His hand.

Moses and Aaron obeyed God and did what He commanded them to do. They were not young men. Moses was 80 years of age, and Aaron was 83! Modern people tend to overlook older people and relegate them to a garbage heap, as though they had no place in doing anything constructive. But, older people have wisdom, experience and knowledge! In Christian terms these are invaluable! God chose old men to do his bidding, to execute a plan that is brilliant even by today’s cynical standards! Do not relegate older people – listen to them. In scriptural terms, these ‘grey hairs’ or elders have an honoured place in our churches. Do not let this go.

Verses 7 - 13

  1. “And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,

  2. When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.

  3. 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.

  4. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.

  5. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.

  6. And he hardened Pharaoh's heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.”

God told Moses what to do after he had spoken to Pharaoh. Pharaoh would taunt Moses by asking him to show him a miracle. Moses must then tell Aaron to throw his walking stick to the ground in front of Pharaoh, where the stick would become a snake.

The brothers went to Pharaoh again and did as God commanded. (Note: God commanded them to do this. We dare not contemplate the consequences of defying a command, whether in those days or today, but one result is always personal and national blindness to what is true and good, and decline in all ways). The stick was thrown to the ground so that Pharaoh and all his courtiers and servants could see what was happening.

Pharaoh’s demand to see a miracle is very much like the reaction of modern men to Christ’s words and to His people. They are bold, jeer and taunt. They have no interest in truth, only in maintaining their own stance. In truth, this is why I presently pray to God to bring down the enemies of God who are so rampant in society – homosexuals – with a mighty show of His power. He has already given them AIDS, but, like Pharaoh they do not listen, but get even worse, wishing to destroy not just themselves, but anyone who tries to speak truth.

Typically, though this miracle occurred, Pharaoh called in his wise men and sorcerers to do the same thing. The ‘wise men’ were chakam; priests and men taught in occult ways, cunning in their characters. The root, also chakam, shows they used deception. The sorcerers, kashaph, were witches who called on their false divinities to produce similar miracles. There were also magicians, chartom, who used divination and astrology and other occult means. Just as today, the array of evil men massed before the few men of God! Satan does not want to be equal – he wants to obliterate! Between them, these sons of Satan used ‘enchantments’, lahat; ‘flames’. From this we can assume they used fire as part of their performance.

You will do well to note that using these magical and occult powers, these people actually produced a similar miracle. Do not underestimate those who are in Satan’s grip. Satan and his demons can produce all kinds of miracles. It is a mistake to think it is all a delusion! Do not be afraid of Satan and what he can do. But, equally, do not think you can beat him in your own power, as so many charismatics think.

Each of the men used by Pharaoh to produce similar miracles did so: when they threw down their own rods, they, too, turned into snakes. However, God displayed His superiority and power – Aaron’s snake swallowed up all the other snakes. In modern times, God is going to swallow up homosexuals. I do not know when. I do know that a ‘super strain’ of HIV is about to emerge because these people refuse to act responsibly and stop their evil habits. Perhaps this is to cause even more deaths. Whatever means God is going to use, it will come to pass. In our lifetime? I do not know. But it will happen.

Though Moses and Aaron adequately gave Pharaoh a sure sign that God was supreme, Pharaoh refused to listen. The reason is not just his own unbelieving heart, but the fact that God deliberately caused him to reject divine authority. God had not finished with him yet! Another common mistake is to think that because events and circumstances are humanly bad, and getting worse, that God is not in the picture.

In reality God is always with us, but we cannot, at times, see it. Usually, God is working in the background preparing things for His people. God will, and does, harden the hearts of continually evil people, so that when His judgment hits them, it will be known to be from God and not just a ‘psychological delusion’ or a ‘natural phenomenon’. It is my honest and truthful view that God is going to destroy homosexuals and those who support them, though the manner and time is not known to me. Meantime, they will get far worse and cause great damage to all countries. The fact that even governments are deluded and support them, is a sure sign that something massive and overwhelming is going on.

Verses 14 - 18

  1. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh's heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go.

  2. Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river's brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand.

  3. And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.

  4. Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.

  5. And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.”

God spoke to Moses to tell him that Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, so he would not let the Israelites go. Moses was instructed to return to Pharaoh the next morning. No doubt, until then, Pharaoh – like so many today – would laugh and heap scorn on Moses and his foolish ideas. Next day when Pharaoh went to the river to bathe, he would find Moses standing there, ready, holding the same rod used the day before, the one that became a snake.

Moses was to remind Pharaoh that he had come to him with God’s command, to let the Israelites go to worship Him. But, he refused. Moses was then to tell Pharaoh that he would again see God’s power. Moses was then to tell Pharaoh that when he struck the water with his stick, the water would become blood. The word ‘turned’, haphak, means to transform, to be changed. God did NOT say the water would become ‘like’ blood (i.e. red), but that the water would become actual blood, dam. The word can be used figuratively of wine, but this is not the meaning in this text.

It is very common nowadays to reduce all the wonders of this time to ordinary causes, because that is how unbelievers cope with the knowledge that God is real. But note – even if all the wonders were caused by ordinary means, how could two men know they would occur at precisely the same time as they commanded them? No, these wonders were all caused by God.

Moses told Pharaoh that al the fish would die, and the water in the river would stink, ba’ash, smell bad. The fish would certainly die, because they are no longer in water. And as one who has worked extensively with wounds and bleeding, I can assure readers that blood stinks with its own peculiar smell, when left. As a whole mighty river was full of blood, the smell must have been overpowering. Which is why the Egyptians would not attempt to drink it.

Verses 19 - 22

  1. “And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.

  2. And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.

  3. And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.

  4. And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said.”

Moses had come a very long way from his initial hesitancy! I have no doubt whatever that he was now confident in God. He had already seen the result of the first sign. Now, he would boldly perform the next sign. This time, he told Aaron to increase the effects of the miracle, by striking the waters of every pool, small river and water container he came across. Every source of water was to become blood.

Moses and Aaron went their way and repeated the same miracle time and again, as Pharaoh and his servants watched. We might ask why they did not simply kill the two brothers, but they were God’s men and had His protection! So, they walked Egypt unhindered and changed water into blood. The stench must have been too much to bear! There was now no drinking water throughout the whole land. Pharaoh got his pagan wise men and magicians to repeat the miracle, which they did. So, Pharaoh again refused to listen to Moses. God kept his heart hard and unyielding.

In such times we must not expect anyone to listen to our Gospel. But, we must use the time to speak boldly in the face of taunts and scorn, and to become bolder and stronger in the Lord. It will be hard at times, but it is what we must do. The time of the ‘evangelical smile’ is over! No gentle (false) smile will do the trick today! As soldiers of Christ we must do battle, not sit meekly in corners. God’s power must be shown to all.

Verses 23 - 25

  1. “And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also.

  2. And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river.

  3. And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river.”

Pharaoh watched all that happened, and continued to steadfastly refuse God’s commands. This is another sign that God is at work – those who are evil will continue as they are, even when faced with the mightiest of miracles. What is obvious to us will not be to them, for their eyes and minds are hardened to truth and facts.

For seven days the Egyptians worked feverishly to find water by digging wells and streams, to somehow avoid the rivers and other containers of blood. But, all they found was blood. Whilst the people and Pharaoh refused to bow to God and listen, they were unable to drink life-giving water, because the very power they despised and scorned was acting against them. That is how evil men are! God would change the blood back to water later.

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