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.