Exodus 7:20-21 – Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood. The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt.
“It is also important to address the matter of God’s judgment on Egypt’s gods because He is making the critical point that He alone is God. This point has great application for us as we face the temptation to bow to our own idols. The plagues should serve as a warning not only for those who refuse to believe the gospel but for believers who are tempted to love, serve, and trust anything except the living God.” [Merida, Tony. Exalting Jesus in Exodus (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary), 87]
In the act of the 10 plagues that the Lord unleashes upon Egypt, it shows how the Lord systematically, purposefully, and powerfully begins to destroy and dismantle every power, every idol, every way of living that was formed apart from the Lord. In particular, the first plague of turning the Nile into blood had incredible significance. The Nile was the lifeblood of Egypt. It provided water, food, transportation, and even their calendar was based upon the Nile. The Egyptians believed in the Nile so much, that they even had a deity associated with it, that if you worship this god of the Nile and if you surround and position your life to evolve around the Nile, you will be successful.
So, even the Israelites have come to bow down to the Nile River—where they believed that their sustenance, life, food, and blessing was by mimicking the Egyptians.
So, by turning the Nile into blood, the Lord is breaking the bondage of Israel’s trust and dependence upon the Nile. Now the Nile as it was turned into blood, it became something that smelled foul throughout the land. Through this, the Lord is showing the Israelites—stop with this love affair with the Nile. It stinks!
When our hearts are not free to live in God’s blessing, faith, and surrender— and when we also bow the idols of this world, then we are also living for something that stinks! Here’s the question today. Where does our source of life, purpose, security, hope come from?
Today as you pray and worship with this song, “Always Enough” by Kari Jobe, may the Lord destroy all the power structures that we were taught or influenced to bow to. Jesus alone is our everything.