GOD’S POWER OVER gods is PROVED in Bible many times so Thou shalt have no other gods before Me” (Hebrew: לא יהיה־לך אלהים אחרים על־פני) is one of the Ten Commandments found in Hebrew Bible in Exodus 20:2 and Deuteronomy 5:6, to establish exclusive nature of the relationship between nations and GOD. Israel’s national GOD Yahweh gave an instruction to Moses by in burning fire bush but the tree did not burn. Again Moses’ Serpent swallowed all magician’s snakes. Signs PROVE GOD’S POWER to make GOD KNOWN to the whole world. THE GREAT GOD I AM wants all people to know there is no god like JEHOVAH. People are told gods are messengers of THE LORD GOD because humans are too unworthy to approach GOD directly. Others think all roads lead to heaven so no matter idol god served, think is same as Jehovah GOD. Also, GOD deliberately demonstrates GREAT POWER above idol gods. When Pharaoh’s hardened heart refused to yield to let Hebrews go in Exodus 10:1–13:16 GOD PROVED HIS GREAT POWER above Pharaoh’s gods. “The LORD GOD said to Moses, ‘Go [Bo / come] to Pharaoh for I will harden his heart and hearts of his officials and perform SIGNS among them in Exodus 10:1. Moses and Aaron went to talk to Pharaoh and we read of calamities or makot God inflicts on Egypt to persuade Pharaoh to release the Hebrews from slavery. God sent 10 most devastating plagues of blood, frogs, gnats and lice, flies, diseased livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, death of firstborns. Plagues occurred because pharaoh did not let go. Plagues forced Pharaoh to acquiesce triggering the Exodus of Hebrews. The purpose of 10 plagues is to put pressure on Pharaoh so Israelites go free. Above all GOD wants to PROVE HE IS GOD ABOVE all god’s. GOD is fully capable to set Hebrews free without the king’s permission. GOD did not see the Egyptians as an enemy to be overcome; HE is committed to communicating vital POINT to bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt I am the LORD, Exodus 12:12.
Pharaoh came to realize the power of the GOD of Israel. GOD is concerned about the beliefs of Egyptians and all people on earth. Torah indicates GOD hardened Pharaoh’s heart in order to demonstrate HIS MIGHTY POWER to all nations of powerlessness of their false gods. GOD does not want to be known to only nation of Israel. GOD wants HIS NAME proclaimed in every nation on earth: “This purpose raised Pharaoh up to show MY POWER in you, so MY NAME is declared in all the earth in Exodus 9:16. So GOD made HIMSELF known to Pharaoh, officials and whole nation through those 10 plagues. Eighth Plague: of the Locusts (Arbeh אַרְבֶּה)
says “If you refuse to let My people go, I will bring locusts to your territory. And they shall cover the face of the earth, so no one will be able to see the earth; and they shall eat the residue of what is left, which remains after hail, and they shall eat every tree which grows up for you in fields as stated in Exodus 10:4–5. So
plagues upon Egypt as locusts devoured crops, vegetation of Egypt remaining after the hail. The plague of locusts is so devastating it cuts off sunlight and wipes out food supply affecting areas and causing famines. In Book of Joel, this plague makes another appearance, ravaging the land. Prophet Joel links sin to the last days, exhorting Israel to repent and return to the Lord. GOD promises Israel HE will make up for all the years swarming locusts devoured: “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten the great locust and young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm My great army sent among you. You will have plenty to eat be full and praise the NAME of the LORD GOD, who works wonders for you never again will MY people be ashamed in Joel 2:25–26.
Locusts mentioned in the Brit Chadashah (New Testament) as one of the end-time plagues upon the earth. With sounding of fifth shofar in the last lays, locusts emerge from the bottomless pit. They will not harm the vegetation, but have power to sting like a scorpion and torment men who do not have seal of GOD on foreheads. Out of the smoke locusts come on earth. To them is given power as scorpions of earth have power. And commanded not to harm grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads says Revelation 9:3–4. In the plagues, God revealed to Egyptians that their sun god Ra was nothing but stone and the GOD of Israel is the ONE TRUE GOD. The Darkness (Hosek חוֹשֶך)
falls as the LORD said to Moses, ‘Stretch your hand toward the sky so darkness will spread over Egypt darkness can be felt.’ Moses stretched his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days in Exodus 10:21–23. GOD, Adonai delivered a crushing blow to worship of Egyptian sun god, Ra, to show folly of believing in idol’s mythical deities.
Egyptians plunged in total darkness but Israelites enjoyed the sunlight in their dwellings in land of Goshen. Genesis 12:3 says GOD Blesses those who Bless Israel and Curses those who curse Israel.
Although God allowed Egypt to be used to punish Hebrews for disobedience yet Jeremiah 46:13-28 sents message LORD spoken to the prophet about coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon also to attack Egypt: Announce in Egypt all who encroach on others will be encroached on. Egypt like fair heifer unaccustomed to yoke of subjection but destruction. So Tell it in city of Migdol. Tell it to all. GOD inflicted plagues on Egypt to persuade Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery. Plagues let Pharaoh acquiesces, triggering the Exodus of the Hebrews. Plagues demonstrate GOD’s Supremacy over and judgment on false gods of Egypt. When Moses first asked Pharaoh to let Israelites go, responded, ”Who is YAHVEH, that I should obey HIS voice to let Israel go?”in Exodus 5:2. The GOD of Israel wants all to know HE IS GOD. HE wants to make sure Pharaoh and all of Egypt knew HIM, too. HE told Pharaoh HE was sending powerful plague of hail, “so Pharaoh will know there is non like JEHOVAH GOD in all earth in Exodus 9:14. Outside the shelter of God’s covenant life is deepening darkness as end of age approaches, light of believers in Yeshua shines brightly.(Proverbs 4:18). Reports of evil make many fearful of the things coming on earth. The paralyzing darkness in the world is overcomed by God’s Light shinning in believer’s dwellings, as the Israelites in Goshen. Time to stop cursing darkness start living in GOD’S Light. Stop complaining, murmuring fault finding over darkness of world. GOD is shining lights in darkness of perverse generations says Philippians 2:14–15. Learn and know Word of GOD to be bright light remember the smallest lights shines brilliantly in darkest place. Bible says wicked stumble in darkness and do not know what makes them trip. in Proverbs 4:19. People if in complete darkness cannot perceive things outside of themselves. In state of darkness, it is easy to live in completely self-centered, miserable world. Symptom of darkness is using people for self-benefit. GOD’s PRESENCE in our lives promotes a kind of love of giving, not self-seeking says 1 Corinthians 13:5. Jesus Yeshua Light of World sets free from preoccupation with ourselves so we truly love our neighbour. Sadly, too many of set free from darkness live in the light but willfully stumble in the darkness of unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment. Let go and walk in GOD’S HOLY Light. As paralyzing darkness fell on Egypt so many in the world will one day again experience great, devastating darkness, end-time plagues in Book of Revelations says, angel pours fifth bowl of God’s wrath so kingdom of the beast will be plunged into total darkness. This is a foreshadow of state of people descend into in Sheol (hell), where there is the absence of light. Revelation says this will not convince servants of satan to repent and turn to Maker of All. “Then the fifth angel pours out his bowl on the throne of beast his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed tongues because of pain. They blasphemed God of heaven because of pain and sores and did not repent of deeds Revelation 16:10–11.
The Plagues and striking of firstborn (Macat B’Chorot מַכַּת בְּכוֹרוֹת) “This is what the LORD says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Firstborns in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill and all firstborn of cattle as well. There will be loud wailing in all Egypt worse than there has ever been or ever will be again in Exodus 11:4–6. Pharaoh still refused to repent or relent after plague of darkness GOD sent tenth most devastating plague striking all the firstborns of Egypt. When Egypt’s king refused to let GOD’S FirstBorn Israel go, so God took Pharaoh’s firstborn and those of his loyal subjects. GOD’S word is clear GOD will treat nations and individuals as they treat Israel! So GOD acts on behalf of His people in judgment to fall on enemies of Israel. Pharaoh did not obey, remained stubborn and proud as rest of the land suffered under GOD’s Hand. But when God struck firstborns the hardness of his heart was broken through. How tragic it took the death of Pharaoh’s own child to bring him to the place of humility and submission where he was willing to let GOD’S people go. It is necessary to know existence of many religions claiming all religions lead to God confuses man earnestly seeking the truth about God. Some despair of not reaching absolute truth of God so they end up embracing universalist claim all religions lead to Go. Skeptics point to existence of many religions as proof you cannot know God or God does not exist.Romans 1:19-21 is biblical explanation for so many religions. The truth of God is seen and known by all human being because God made it so. Accepting and submitting to God’s Truth is by human freewill so some reject God to seek own way. This is not enlightenment but the futility of human thinking is the basis of man creating own religion. People do not believe in a Holy God who demands righteousness and morality, so invent a God who makes no requirements. Many people do not want to believe in a God who declares it impossible for people to earn their own way to heaven. Invent a God who accepts people into ‘heaven’ if they complete certain steps, rules, laws to best of their ability. People do not want relationship with Sovereign Omnipotent God instead imagine god as mystical force personal not Sovereign RULER. So religion is not an argument against God’s existence or truth about God. Existence of religions demonstrate human rejection of One true God. Man replaced HIM with gods as a dangerous enterprise. Desire to create God in own image is sin reaping destruction in Bible in Galatians 6:7-8). All religions DO NOT lead to God. All people religious or not will stand before God in Hebrews 9:27. Religious affiliation does not determine eternal destiny Only faith in Jesus Christ saves. “Whoever Jesus Son has life but whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life in 1 John 5:12. Only Christian faith and resurrection of Jesus Christ leads to God’s forgiveness and eternal life. No one comes to the Father except through the Son in John 14:6. It makes a difference to believe in GOD. So decision to embrace truth Jesus Christ is important into eternity. Pray hearts be soft toward leading of Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) so GOD will never need to use increasingly painful disciplinary measures to break through stubborn willful pride and bring all into a HOLY place before HIM. Moses prepared the people of Israel for final judgment on Egypt instructing them to sacrifice a lamb to put blood on tops and sides of doors. “And they shall take some of the blood and put it on 2 doorposts and on lintel of houses where they eat it in Exodus 12:7. The blood of the Passover lamb served as sign that caused the judgment to “pass over” Israelites, sparing them from suffering wrath of God that fell on the Egyptians. “Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt in Exodus 12:13. The LORD did all promised; not one Word the LORD had spoken was left unfulfilled. Reminding ourselves of this truth helps us to also trust in God’s faithfulness, power and mercy and in the days to come. The Jewish people still celebrate this miraculous Passover each year. “So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. Exodus 12:14. Keep it a feast everlasting as ordinance in Individual believers or churches increasingly commemorating Passover as well, since it foreshadows Yeshua Messiah, Lamb of God was sacrificed to spare us from judgment of God. So Redeem Firstborn because God spared firstborns Jewish sons from 10th plague, in Torah the command to consecrate or set apart for Him every firstborn male. (Exodus 13:1–2) They were spared so firstborn traditionally fasts on the day before Passover to commemorate miracle. However, the firstborn sons ended up worshiping the Golden Calf along with most of Israel, so they forfeited their right to serve God in Temple. GOD gave right to tribe who did not worship calf Levites. Jewish parents, therefore, redeem their firstborn sons in a special ceremony called the Pidyon HaBen (Redemption of the Firstborn Son). (Numbers 3:45–47) In a ceremony the firstborn is fully absolved from the duty to perform Temple Service.
(or about 4.4 ounces of pure silver) to a man of Cohen descent, according to the command given by Moses: “Take the Levites in place of all the firstborn of Israel, and the livestock of the Levites in place of their livestock. The Levites are to be mine. I am the Lord. To redeem the 273 firstborn Israelites who exceed the number of the Levites, collect five shekels for each one, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs. Give the money for redemption of the additional Israelites to Aaron and his sons.” (Numbers 3:45–48)This symbolic ritual of redeeming the firstborn son out of Temple Service continues today with the payment of five silver shekels
Another custom in Judaism arises in Exodus story custom of wearing tefillin.
Tefillin (phylacteries) are a set of little black boxes containing Scriptures connected by straps. The boxes are worn on the forehead and arm, and straps are wound around the arm and fingers. This custom serves as reminder to submit one’s head (thoughts), heart (feelings), and hands (actions) to LORD GOD. This practice is from the following command: “This observance will be for a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead this law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand.” (Exodus 13:9, see also verse 16)
According to Scripture, in the last days, the anti-Messiah will attempt to force all people to put his mark, rather than the Word of God, on their hand or foreheads,thereby usurping the mark of the rightful place of God in our lives. (Revelation 13:16–17). Those who LOVE GOD will resist evil and glorify HIS NAME till the end. It is because of God’s enduring mercy HE brought each out of the darkness that held us captive. Baruch HaShem (Praise the Lord)! And
Help Bibles For Israel shine the Light of Yeshua into darkness and proclaim freedom to the captives! “To Him who struck down firstborn in Egypt HIS LOVE endures forever and brought Israel out from among them HIS LOVE endures forever; With a Mighty Hand and an outstretched arn HIS LOVE endures forever in Psalm 136:10–12.