Lent 2018: See the Lord’s Salvation

Day 9: The Plagues Continue

Exodus 9:1-35, Exodus 10:1-29, Exodus 11:1-10, Deuteronomy 7:6-11, Romans 9:17


When hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes pummel the United States, you can set your watch to the tune of those who will claim that God is judging the affected cities. Don’t listen to them—unless they say this about Egypt and the plagues. Even a clock on the fritz is right fourteen times a week.

In reading about the plagues in Exodus, there is no doubt that it was the Lord who inflicted them upon Egypt and Pharaoh. God’s mighty power over animals and insects, water and light, amphibians, storms, and life, reverberates throughout Exodus chapters 9 through 11. Why?

Because God wants us to know something we should never forget. The Lord of Armies wanted Pharaoh, Egypt, and the Israelites to hear His message: “you will know there is no one like me on the whole earth” (Exodus 9:14).

The Egyptians had a pantheon of gods they worshiped and served. But the God of Israel put on high-def display for everyone to see and hear—even us, thousands of years later—that there is no god like Him. In all the earth, in every corner and back alley of the universe, there is no one even close to being like our God.

God has no rival. He has no equal. He has no competitor. He has no threat to His reign, rule, plans, or power. When you see all the religions of the world, how do you view God in light of them? Do you ever subtly think there’s a level playing field? Maybe you’ve wondered if other religions have their legit way to salvation too? Maybe you’ve doubted if God can really help you in the midst of your problems? Brothers, listen to the heart of God’s message: There is no one—none—like Me. No one can help, deliver, and redeem like I can.

When God stretched out His mighty arm, flexing His power over Pharaoh, the Lord made known His promise and unstoppable power to save His people. All the Israelites had to do was trust. And if we want to benefit from God’s redeeming power, all that is required of us is to trust Him. The plagues preach to us that God’s judgment of sin is real, but if we trust Him and believe in His promises, we will be saved. Truly, there is no one like Him. May we turn our hearts toward Him, and may we put our hope in Him alone.

Written by J.A. Medders