The Battle of the g-d’s
Exodus 10:1-2: “Come in to Pharaoh” says G-d to Moses in the opening verse of ‘Parsha Bo’ “for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son's son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am the LORD.”
Seven plagues have failed to convince Pharaoh to accede to Moses' demand in G-d’s name: “Let My people go so that they may serve Me.” Time and again, while in the throes of a devastating plague Pharaoh promised to let the Hebrews go only to renege the moment the affliction had been removed.
The eighth plague with which Moses threatened the Egyptians was the plague of locusts which Moses warned would cover the face of the earth and would eat the residue of that which remained from the hail.
Moses held his rod over the land and G-d drove an east wind to bring locusts to invade all the land. Pharaoh then summoned Moses and Aaron, asked forgiveness and asked them to plead with G-d to remove the locusts. Moses did so, and G-d brought a west wind to lift the locusts into the Sea of Reeds. But G-d hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.
G-d then instructed Moses to hold his arm toward the sky to bring darkness upon the land, and Moses did so. However, the Israelites enjoyed light, and this was the ninth plague.
Pharaoh summoned Moses and told him to go leaving only the Israelites’ flocks and herds behind. However, Moses insisted that none of the Israelites’ livestock be left behind for they needed them to sacrifice to G-d. But G-d hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he expelled Moses saying: “for on the day you see my face again, you shall die”.
G-d then told Moses that He would bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt and that after this plague Pharaoh would let them go from Egypt, driving them out.
Exodus 12:12 declares: “For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.’ ” ”
Many people study the plagues and focus only on the plagues themselves not realising that the plagues were directed “against all the gods of Egypt”, and every one of the plagues was a direct insult to the gods of Egypt, including Pharaoh himself.
Focussing on the last three plagues, let’s look at the ‘Battle of the Gods’.
Seven catastrophic plagues had already devastated Egypt and none of the gods of Egypt showed up to help Pharaoh and Egypt. But still Pharaoh would not let G-d’s people go. However there are three plagues left that would bring about Almighty G-d’s final victory over the gods of Egypt.
EIGHTH PLAGUE: LOCUSTS (EXODUS 10:1-20)
In the eight plague, Moses promised that the L-rd would bring locusts to Egypt the following day which devastated the crops and the grain of Egypt. As with the preceding plagues, the harvest and grain gods of Egypt, ‘Nepri’, ‘Thermuthis’ and ‘Seth’ were silent
NINTH PLAGUE: DARKNESS (EXODUS 10:21-29)
The ninth plague consisted of a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. The darkness was so severe that Exodus 10:23 tells us: “They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings”.
This plague would especially affect the spirits of the Egyptians whose chief object of worship was ‘Ra’, the sun god. In fact, this plague of darkness was an insult to Egypt’s religion and entire culture. The sun god ‘Amon-Ra’ was considered one of the greatest blessings in all of Egypt, yet, once again, the gods of Egypt were silent.
Where were the gods of the sun, moon and earth? ‘Ptah’, ‘Atum’, ‘Tem’ and ‘Shu’ who seemed to be on leave. In fact, where was the chief god of Egypt himself – ‘Ra’? Perhaps he realised more than Pharaoh did that he was powerless against the G-d of Israel.
TENTH PLAGUE: DEATH OF THE FIRSTBORN (EXODUS 11:1-12:30)
This tenth plague was more devastating than all of the other plagues put together. This plague was also very selective as it destroyed only the Egyptians firstborn males – whether human or animal.
This tenth and final plague was directed against “all of the gods of Egypt” and would show the total inability of the gods of Egypt to protect their subjects.
In the face of unparalleled tragedy, all of the gods of Egypt were silent. ‘Meskhenet’, the goddess who presided at the birth of children; ‘Min’, the god of procreation; ‘Isis’, the goddess of fertility; ‘Selket’, the guardian of life and ‘Renenutet’, the cobra-goddess and guardian of Pharaoh were all powerless against the G-d of Israel.
After this final plague, Pharaoh released the children of Israel, for the tenth plague was the grand finale in a titanic contest to see whose god was more powerful, Israel’s or Egypt’s.
To the Egyptians, Pharaoh was a god whose fate determined their fate. So when Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh claiming to speak for a new G-d whom they called ‘Adonai’ (L-rd), Pharaoh wanted to know “who is the Lord that I should obey His voice?”
In effect, he was throwing down a challenge to the L-rd to prove Himself and Almighty G-d accepted the challenge and brought nine catastrophic plagues on Egypt to demonstrate His power. Nevertheless, Pharaoh resisted all nine.
But in the tenth plague, G-d struck down Pharaoh’s supposedly divine child and this was the ultimate blow as it undercut Pharaoh’s credibility and authority as a god. And suddenly this powerful, god-like ruler was suddenly no different than the lowest prisoner in his dungeons.
No wonder the last words of Pharaoh convey submission and humility as seen in Exodus 12:32: “Be gone; and bless me also”
It is at this time that fullness of Exodus 7:1 comes about: “So the Lord said to Moses: “See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet.””, showing that Moses was far more powerful than Pharaoh as he had the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob behind him.
Realising that he had been bested, the supposedly divine king of Egypt was asking for pity and help from an Almighty G-d he now knew was supreme.
And as Almighty G-d made a public showing and humiliated the gods of Egypt, Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah and Saviour of the world made a public showing and humiliated the god of this age, Satan.
In fact, Revelations 1:18 declares, Yeshua speaking: “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”
Yeshua defeated Satan when He was tempted by him; Yeshua defeated Satan every time He healed someone or raised someone from the dead; and Yeshua defeated Satan on the cross, made a public showing of him, and rendering him powerless.
Yeshua defeated Satan according to G-d’s word in the ‘Torah’ in Genesis 3:15: “So the LORD God said to the serpent:…..“And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed (Yeshua); He (Yeshua) shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
And Yeshua has defeated eternal death when He became the perfect sacrifice when He died on the cross, shedding every last drop of His blood, thus taking mankind’s sins upon Himself, guaranteeing all who believe in His death and resurrection and who invite Him to become L-rd of their lives, eternal life in heaven…and this is for both Jews and Gentiles.
In Yeshua, you are victorious and there is nothing that can defeat you as all the gods of this world are defeated by Almighty G-d, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.