Judging the Gods of Egypt [Exodus Pt. 11]

Judging the Gods

Why is it that God does not want any other gods to be worshiped? Some unbelievers think it is because He is petty and jealous. On the contrary, it is more because He knows what happens when people place their faith in a fraud, they ultimately get hurt and may even lead others to their ruin. Even as Believers, we need to see God love and power so that we can be moved to faith in God alone. In His power and in His faithfulness as he demonstrates what He will endure to keep His promise.

Judging the Gods of Egypt – SERMON AUDIO

The Psalmist writes;  Psalms 115:1-18 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth. Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?” But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell; They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk; Nor do they mutter through their throat. Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them. O Israel, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. The LORD has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless those who fear the LORD, Both small and great. May the LORD give you increase more and more, You and your children. May you be blessed by the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men. The dead do not praise the LORD, Nor any who go down into silence. But we will bless the LORD From this time forth and forevermore. Praise the LORD!

As God delivers His people who are held captive by Pharaoh and the people of Egypt. He destroys the gods of the land. Gods who are not really gods at all. Each of the plagues that God brings on Egypt, not only works against Pharaoh and his stubbornness, but also against the things in which he had put his trust.  The works of God here, show both Israel and the Egyptians who really has the power and who has the will to save His people.

Seven times in the first fourteen chapters of the book of Exodus,  we read these  or similar words, “Then you will know that I am the LORD!”

Exodus 6:6-7  Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.  7  I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

Exodus 7:4-5  But Pharaoh will not heed you, so that I may lay My hand on Egypt and bring My armies and My people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.  5  And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the children of Israel from among them.”

Both Israel and Egypt need to know who the real God is. Though Egypt does not repent and trust in Him, God still shows them who the He is. This makes them accountable in their refusal to acknowledge Him. As for God’s own people, they need to see His power over the false gods they have seen for so long and know that they need to trust in Him ALONE!

John MacArthur covers each of the false gods of Egypt and how God demonstrated their futility through the plagues, in his sermon  God vs. the Gods of Egypt. From their worship of the Nile River that supplied them with food, irrigation and transportation, to their worship of frogs, cattle and even flies, God judged each of their gods as he brought the plagues on them.

Egyptians are not the only ones who worship things that are not God. Even as God’s people, we tend to want to put our trust in things that are not God in order to feel secure, happy or even superior to others. We tend to  believe that the way that we worship God makes us better than others who worship him from a different cultural perspective. “My music style, my Bible translation, my personal holiness, makes God like me better than that guy over there.” God likes you because He chose to like you. Your righteousnesses are filthy rags to Him. Your reliance on anything outside the Promise and Power of God through Jesus Christ will prove to be no more than the gods of Egypt were in the days of Moses.

You say, “That was Old Testament stuff!” I tell you that the Apostle Paul saw it as a threat to Christians in the New Testament. He wrote to the Colossian Christians for that very reason.

Colossians 2:9-10  For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;  10  and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Do not trust in anything but Christ, His promise and His power to save you and to keep you. It is the tendency of the fallen human heart to create idols to give us security and  identity. To trust in ourselves, our rules or standards, and not ultimately in the God who saves us. Calvin says in Book 1, Chapter 11 of his Institutes of the Christian Religion , ” Hence we may infer, that the human mind is, so to speak, a perpetual forge of idols.” God is in the business of removing the frauds because they are of no value to His people. They lead men to destruction and pollute true worship. It is a mercy that God removes the objects of false worship!

I encourage you to listen to the sermon by clicking on the link below.

Judging the Gods of Egypt – SERMON AUDIO

One last question for you…. What are you trusting in today? I know most who say that they are Christian will say “Jesus!” and yet, I must ask, what makes you feel secure in Him? Your own righteousness? Your style of worship which you have deemed superior to that of others? Your theological school? Anything beyond the Promise and Power of God through Jesus Christ is at least a potential idol in your own heart.

Colossians 2:9-10  For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;  10  and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

In Christ!

Kevin

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