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  • GiGi on Exodus 7 - 2 years ago
    This chapter tells about the hardening of Pharaoh's heart even more and the beginning of the plagues God brings upon Egypt.

    When Moses and Aaron met with Pharaoh, they always ordered Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. Moses and Aaron kept this outcome at the forefront, remembering that that is their sole mission, to secure the release of the Israelites from Pharaoh.

    The Israelites were not going to leave Egypt in a stealthy way, nor by the Israelites rising up in battle and defeating the Egyptians. No, God wanted the Israelites to know for sure that it was He, their God who brings them out.

    The Egyptians were polytheistic and had many gods they worshipped, many of them being animals. They also worshipped the Nile as its waters watered their land which would be only desert if it wasn't for the Nile. God told Moses that he would be as a god to Pharaoh. This may mean that Moses was going to be YHWH's representative or that Pharaoh would see Moses as another god by the time the release of the Israelites is accomplished. It does NOT mean that Moses is actually a 'god'' All gods beside YHWH are false idols. So, YHWH would not induct Moses as a 'god' because YHWH will never share His glory and place as the only God with anyone else.

    The first sign miracle that Moses and Aaron performed together before Pharaoh was to turn the rod or staff into a snake. The magicians did the same magic trick, however, Aaron's rod/snake swallowed up the magician's rod/snakes. This is significant. God knew all of the false idols the Egyptians worshipped and the snake was one of them. It was named Apep and was the god of chaos. Also, Apep was said to pursue Ra (the chief god-sun god) each night in an effort to devour Ra so that the sun would not rise and the world would remain in darkness. So, when Aaron's snake devoured the magician's snakes this showed them that the God of Moses and Aaron was greater than Apep, having been devoured by the rod/snake of Aaron.

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