TODAYS BIBLE READING:
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
BREAD CRUMBS COMMENTARY FOR TODAYS READING
with Pastor Sylvia Laughlin (13 minutes)
feb 2, 2023
DAY 33 IN THE APP
THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” ~Isaiah 55:8-9
A FEW THOUGHTS...
How do we see God in real time, not just when reading the Bible or when were in church? Do we think He’s biting His nails and pulling at His hair anguishing and out of control, or is He sovereign over everything both small and large issues, the absolute picture of control? How we answer this question determines how we navigate the valleys of life. When we perish it is not because He couldn't save us, but because it is always His will and not our own. At some point, we will all face the situation which we will not get out of. Our death will not be because we failed to choose the right doctor, or anything else. The day of our death is already known by the Lord, both when and how, we just don't know about it yet. Our God, either is or is not, our God. We are to seek His will, not our own. Like Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, may we likewise pray, "O My Father, if it is possible let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." (Matthew 26:39)
As we approach today’s portion of scripture, at a casual glance the plagues seem to follow no pattern or reason. In order to understand the plagues, we need to remember the comments made by Pharoah in Exodus 5:2, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go." The plagues that follow served two purposes: for the Israelites it showed that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was alive, powerful, and worthy to worship and follow, for the Egyptians they were shown that their gods were impotent and worth nothing. The Egyptians worshiped a pantheon of gods, the plagues were a showdown between Egypt's gods and the One True God. We read in Exodus 7:17, "Thus says the Lord: "By this you shall know that I am the Lord. Behold, I will strike the waters which are in the river with the rod that is in my hand, and they shall be turned to blood." This confronted the god Apis, the god of the Nile, Isis, the goddess of the Nile, and Khnum , the guardian of the Nile. Without detailing each plague and their respective gods, such as Heqet, the frog-headed goddess of birth and Uatchit, the fly god, consider the sixth plague, the plague of boils. This was a judgment against several gods over health and disease (Sekhmet, Sunu, and Isis). Though Pharoah's magicians were able to duplicate some of the earlier plagues (no longer able beginning with the third plague), as the plagues continued not only were the magicians impotent but the plagues singled out the Egyptians and spared the Israelites beginning with the fourth plague. We read in Exodus 9:11, "And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were on the magicians and on all the Egyptians." We also see that even the magicians realized Who they were up against in 8:19, "Then the magicians said to Pharoah, "This is the finger of God."
Some might state this is interesting, but how does this relate to me since most don't worship a frog-headed goddess. The pantheon of false gods are alive and well, they simply go by different names now. When struck with illness, we may not turn to Sekhmet, but the first thing normally done is to check the internet to explore the disease and try to work on the disease ourselves, trusting in our own strength. Next, we seek out the experts and their opinions. Following this, we seek out the best physician for the job and so many people place all of their trust in the doctor.
When hurricanes and tsunamis are on the way, people seek meteorologists, etc. When too many seem to be occurring, they seek environmentalists, politicians, and scientists to help with climate change (whether or not you believe it exists). Our current gods come in the form of doctors, lawyers, sports stars, and movie stars. These individuals are often the ones trusted and the ones worshiped. Besides this, our next set of gods are our families, our jobs, our money, etc., all of those things that we put our trust in above everything else. This does not mean that everything else is meaningless. We are to become the most capable vessels possible for God to use: well trained in our fields, dedicated to our families, etc. But make no mistake we are simply vessels. Some will argue and justify their anger or dismay at God with comments such as: "I prayed for that job and it never came", or, "I prayed for my loved one to get better and he/she died anyway", or, "I prayed for that illness to go away but I am still struggling with it". From these statements we see the most difficult and tenacious of all gods, the one worshiped by most and the one we serve and remain in bondage to more than any other. It is the god that goes by the name of "Me, Myself, or I". All of these so-called gods will be proven as impotent as the Egyptian gods. Only the one True God is to be trusted and worshiped.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
"The answer to our dilemma is not a new revelation from heaven. The answer is seeking the old paths and digging out the old wells which superior knowledge, human pride and flat disobedience have stopped up." - Leonard Ranvenhill