Exodus 8 Commentary
This chapter gives us 3 signs but Pharaoh remains hardened. The first sign ‘of frogs’ is duplicated by Pharoah’s magicians but the second and third signs are too hard for them. May be Pharaoh thinks his magicians haven’t just worked hard enough. So he rejects Moses and Aaron.
This chapter tells us a lot about black magic. It’s not all fake. Black magic has some power. It also helps us understand the underworld. We very well know that no man has this kind of power by themselves. No. This power is satanic. But we can also tell that this power is limited. So this power game between the LORD – the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – and the other gods, is important as a showdown battle for man’s heart. Of course, it’s no battle at all in reality. The LORD has no equal but from where we are standing, we need to see it that way, as we have lived believing the magicians and the gods control events. So the LORD unpacks a series of signs to prove us wrong.
In the present context there is so much fear because we think that a few powerful men control both the economy and direction of the world. We even think they can cause a worldwide plague such as Covid-19. These pages speak to us on the need to get back and see who is lord over all. Yes they have some power and that we cannot ignore. The Bible makes it plain for us. But the overall message is that the LORD is lord over all.
Note: The battle is still on. Who is God? The battle of the gods takes us into chapter 9.
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