Who Is in Control?

The Plague of Flies

The Plague of Flies

Reading the Word

Psalm 105:26–36 (ESV)

26 He sent Moses, his servant, and Aaron, whom he had chosen. 27 They performed his signs among them and miracles in the land of Ham. 28 He sent darkness, and made the land dark; they did not rebel against his words. 29 He turned their waters into blood and caused their fish to die. 30 Their land swarmed with frogs, even in the chambers of their kings. 31 He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and gnats throughout their country. 32 He gave them hail for rain, and fiery lightning bolts through their land. 33 He struck down their vines and fig trees, and shattered the trees of their country. 34 He spoke, and the locusts came, young locusts without number, 35 which devoured all the vegetation in their land and ate up the fruit of their ground. 36 He struck down all the firstborn in their land, the firstfruits of all their strength.

Understanding and Applying the Word

These verses recount the plagues that God sent upon Egypt to free the Hebrew people. The emphasis is on God’s power. Consider the way these events are described: “He sent…and made…”, He turned…and caused…”, “He spoke…”, “He gave…”, “He struck…and shattered…”. God’s sovereignty is on display in these events.

In the account of the Exodus from Egypt, we see the most powerful nation and man (Pharaoh) coming into conflict with God. The word of the Lord came to Pharaoh through Moses and Aaron, but the Egyptian leader refused to listen and obey. Instead, he thought his great power would sustain him. In reality, the most powerful man in the world had no power in comparison to the God of all of creation. God displayed his might through the plagues as a reminder of who truly is ruling the world and he brought his people out of Egypt just as he promised he would.

Whatever, and whoever, we face in this life, we know that it is ultimately God who is in control. We can turn to him with our troubles knowing that he hears and knowing that he is able to do all things according to his will. Let us face today, tomorrow, and the future knowing that our God is over all things.

 

Seven Angels with Seven Plagues

Revelation text

Reading the Word

Revelation 15:1–8 (ESV)

1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished. 2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. 3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! 4 Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” 5 After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven was opened, 6 and out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, clothed in pure, bright linen, with golden sashes around their chests. 7 And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever, 8 and the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.

Understanding and Applying the Word

John describes another sign, which he calls “great and amazing”. It must have been an incredible sight! The vision he sees is seven angels with seven plagues, which John tells us will end the pouring our of God’s wrath on mankind. Also in this vision are those who had remained faithful to God even during the onslaught of Satan and his followers. These overcomers are given harps and with them they worship God.

When the people worship God they sing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb. These songs and the mention of plagues takes us back to the exodus when God used Moses and plagues to free his people from slavery in Egypt. Now we are being told that God is once again using plagues to rescue his people from slavery to sin and a fallen world. Just as in Moses day, those who trust in the blood of the Lamb will be saved.

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