There are two main things happening in this chapter today:
- Moses and Aaron are asked to show a sign to Pharaoh.
- Pharaoh does not believe and God uses Moses and Aaron to change the Nile River to blood.
A few thoughts on the passage:
- In verse 9 we see that God is already preparing Moses and Aaron that Pharaoh will require a miracle in order to believe what they are saying. I think about what Jesus said in response to the Pharisees demanding a sign from him in Mark 8:
11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side.
Jesus was deeply troubled by the Pharisees asking this. Why? Because seeking a sign or a miracle in order to prove the existence or power of God is the opposite of faith. It’s easy for us to think about Pharaoh and think about how foolish he is for not listening to Moses and Aaron. But how often do we feel like we need for God to give us a sign or some proof that he is present?
- It’s interesting to me that Pharaoh is comforted by the fact that his own “magicians” are able to do the same things that Moses and Aaron are able to do. This reminds me that every day we are facing an enemy that is powerful and wants to do things like God does. Satan has a desire for us to think that we have similar power that God has, and he wants us to pursue that. That is the root of the first sin! But the difference is that the power of God and the power of Satan are not comparable. In the day of judgment, God will crush the snake, just as the snake from Aaron’s staff ate the snake of the magicians.
By: Graham Withers