Torah Reading – Va’eira – The Beginning of the Plagues

A few weeks ago, the Torah reading portion was Exodus 6:2–9:35.

I am not going to talk about all of the Torah portions, but I will comment on the ones that speak to me.

This one is yelling.

This is wear Moses and Aaron go before Pharaoh and his magicians and work the miracles from God. Aaron’s rod is transformed into a serpent, turns the water to blood, summons frogs, turns the dust to lice. There are several more, but there is something interesting here.

Exodus 7:8 Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 9 “When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘Show a miracle for yourselves,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your rod and cast it before Pharaoh, and let it become a serpent.’” 10 So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and they did so, just as the LORD commanded. And Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent. 11 But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. 12 For every man threw down his rod, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. 13 And Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, as the LORD had said.
By the power of God, Aaron’s rod became a serpent, but the magicians were also able to do this as well. The magicians were able to duplicate the turning of water to blood and summoning the frogs. When it came to turning the dust to lice, they failed. They didn’t even try to call forth flies and were stuck with boils in the sixth plague.

What gets me is that so many people blow past the fact that these magicians were performing wonders that were similar to God’s. His were far greater, but they were still able to operate in a similar power. You would think this would change the perception of spiritual warfare for people.

Back from my time playing in the occult, I would describe things to people that they would dismiss as being in my head. They would tell me there was no real power there and that it was a problem with my perception. It is documented in the Bible that false religions did some pretty wild stuff. Later on you have the seer call up the spirit of Samuel after he had passed. This is not a problem with God’s perception. He wants us to know that there is really stuff out there.

Why does He want us to know this? Because we are now joint heirs with Christ. We are now able to operate in the same power and understanding that Jesus did when we was in the flesh. It isn’t by our power that things happen, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Christian warfare isn’t just about praying for things. We are to walk in the same capacity as Jesus did. We should be out there casting out demons, healing diseases, and illnesses. We should be working with the Holy Spirit to return sight and speech, letting people walk, and even raising the dead.

Satan wants us to discount the supernatural aspect of God. He wants us to be weak and not resist him. God has given us power and authority over him.

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