The plagues of Egypt are a formidable example of  the public humiliation of the kingdom of darkness and its followers. The book of Exodus shows that God sent Moses to tell Pharoah to let His people go free to serve Him. Pharoah’s response was arrogant:

“Who [is] the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. “

God responded with 10 disastrous plagues. Pharoah’s magicians were only able to reproduce 10%. These statistics are very alarming for the kingdom of darkness, showing that its power is indeed limited.

The first miracle that Moses did was to turn a rod into a serpent (Exodus 7: . Here is a commentary on this miracle:

“11. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers, &c.–His object in calling them was to ascertain whether this doing of Aaron’s was really a work of divine power or merely a feat of magical art. The magicians of Egypt in modern times have been long celebrated adepts in charming serpents, and particularly by pressing the nape of the neck, they throw them into a kind of catalepsy, which renders them stiff and immovable–thus seeming to change them into a rod. They conceal the serpent about their persons, and by acts of legerdemain produce it from their dress, stiff and straight as a rod. Just the same trick was played off by their ancient predecessors, the most renowned of whom, Jannes and Jambres ( 2Ti 3:8 ), were called in on this occasion. They had time after the summons to make suitable preparations–and so it appears they succeeded by their “enchantments” in practising an illusion on the senses.

12. but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods–This was what they could not be prepared for, and the discomfiture appeared in the loss of their rods, which were probably real serpents.” (http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?AuthorID=7&contentID=1938&commInfo=6&topic=Exodus)

Blessings and more next time!

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