August 15, 2021 by Kgalalelo
I was led to my concordance to find all scriptures that spoke about healing and the first one I read was Exodus 15:26. The entire chapter is a song sang by Moses and his sister Miriam when God caused the Egyptian army to drown into the Red Sea. The Egyptians were chasing after Israel shortly after Pharoah had released them to journey to Canaan, the land that God had given them. Just before they broke out into song, the last verse of Exodus 14:31 tells us that “And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant”.
The Israelites began to sing and praised when they saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed right before their eyes. This was a way of acknowledging God and His power. How often do we recognise the mighty hand of the Lord in our lives? There are many things that God has done for us, how He delivered us from situations that could have destroyed us, they are countless and if we think hard enough, we will remember.
It was not the first time that Israel had seen the hand of God displayed mightily before them. He became El Shaddai. Before Pharaoh let them go, God brought ten plagues onto Egypt that were devastating. He turned water to blood, every stream, reservoir, vessel, and the River Nile was red. There were no places for the Egyptians to draw water from, to drink, bathe, feed the children and their livestock. The Bible says they dug along the Nile to try and get water (Exodus 7:24). Then God sent frogs all over the country. Imagine the cities, towns, villages, and informal settlements crowded with frogs. There were no places where frogs were not. The frogs were even in the houses, bedrooms, kitchens and on people.
The Lord sent gnats from the ground and they came on people and animals. Then God sent flies over Egypt and into the houses of people again. You can’t cook when there are flies around and these were not normal flies that you can handle by closing the doors and keeping them away. They were in multitudes. Exodus 8:22 says, “‘But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the Lord, am in this land. I will make a distinction between my people and your people. This sign will occur tomorrow.’” Nothing could touch the Israelites; they lived a normal life and witnessed the suffering of the Egyptians while God displayed His mighty hand.
While Egypt was reeling from the nightmare of all that had happened and thinking that it would come to an end, God struck their livestock and it died. “But the Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and that of Egypt, so that no animal belonging to the Israelites will die,’” and He did. God struck Egypt again by bringing boils on people and animals. He continued to inflict more pestilences. Next He brought hail upon the land. He said to Moses and Aaron “I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Exodus 9:16). Thunder destroyed the crops and struck people and animals in the field.
Then God caused locusts to come on the land which devoured the little that was left of the crops. It means there was nothing to eat for the people, children, and animals. These plagues were severe on the land and one can visualize the disaster and how long it took to recover from it. The aftereffects of every disaster have far reaching consequences on the economy and the normal lives of people, but Israel was not affected by all of these. God sent darkness next and in the dark, you can’t accomplish anything. The final plague was the death of firstborn children. This became the worst for Egypt that Pharaoh finally agreed to release the Israelites to go worship the Lord in the wilderness. Death is unbearable for anyone and Pharaoh himself could not bear it as it affected his household as well.
You would think that in experiencing, knowing, and reading about such accounts people all over the earth would change their ways but there are still millions who are hardening their hearts and don’t believe in God and His mighty hand. Many others know and believe and yet are not shaken by what they read in the Bible.
This knowledge doesn’t move them enough to praise the Lord knowing that what He did for Israel, He will do for them. As soon as they get one victory, like Pharaoh, they forget and continue with normal daily life. The hardness of Pharaoh depicts our hardened hearts and forgetful minds. When God gives us victory in one area, we quickly forget when faced by other challenges. Instead of remembering what He has done for us in the past and really trusting that He will do it again, we meditate on our problems and tell them to friends and family. We don’t go to His Word and look for promises of triumph.
We have a covenant with God, and it is called grace and when we remember what Jesus did for us on the cross, this should be a constant reminder that we are already triumphant, Romans 8:37 says, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us”. God constantly displays His mighty hand in our lives and the fact that He sent Jesus to die for us, is a far greater one. In this instance, He had all of us in mind. Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus”.
When Israel broke into song after seeing the Egyptians dead on the seashore, they knew that the battle was over because God had fought for them. When the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites came against Jehoshaphat, the Lord said to him, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's” (2 Chronicles 20:15). The Bible is one victorious manuscript. It is the Word of God for His people. Chapter after chapter, the mighty hand of God is displayed to encourage us to have faith and believe that God can do anything for us.
Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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