Exodus 7 [Read]
Exodus 8 [Read]
Matthew 17 [Read]
Seeing is believing. This is the demand by Thomas after Jesus’ resurrection (John 20:25). Our Lord granted his wish, but afterwards he also declared the foundational principle of our faith: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed!” (John 20:29).
Even so, God has graciously provided plenty of visible evidences for His sovereignty throughout human history. Pharaoh said with an extremely arrogant tone: “who is the LORD? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go” (Ex 5:2). Pharaoh did not understand the consequence of asking such question. Starting from today’s reading, God answered his question with great force: “…I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts ofjudgment…and the Egyptians will know that I AM THE LORD” (Ex 7:4-5). Therefore, instead of being bogged down by details of the plagues or questioning the severity of those plagues, we should remember God’s sovereignty while reading what are about to happen unto the Egyptians.
There is another point to keep in mind. In Matthew 17, the disciples saw Jesus changing image and speaking with Moses and Elijah. Many scholars see Moses as the symbol for the Law and Elijah for the Prophets. But I should point out that these three figures happen to represent three periods in the Bible where the most wonders and miracles were preformed. Spiritual battles were the fiercest during those periods. In Moses’ time, Israel was in danger of falling into worshiping Egyptian gods. In Elijah’s time, Israel was being lured into worshiping Canaan god Baal by King Ahab and his wife. While in Jesus’ time, people were losing their faith to worshiping human tradition and Greek gods. Those were the time when “exodus”, meaning away from the world, need to take place, and it did take place with great force.
When I look at those periods and reflect on our own time, I am hopeful that great things shall happen soon. We are facing unprecedented threat of our faith in this pluralistic world, and people have begun to worship things other than God. Now more than ever, we need the final “exodus” promised by our Lord. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)
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