Day One: The Victor!

Colossians 2:13-15 – You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

“Who is your God? That is the most important question you will ever answer. The book of Exodus is a story that shows us who the real God is. In this section of Exodus, we are looking at the “plagues.” Now, I suppose the modern person may look at these plagues and say, “Are you kidding me? This scene is bizarre! Is God a cosmic jerk? Is He trying to annoy the Egyptians?” Or, “This is silly and hard to believe.” It is indeed strange and severe, but you must understand that there is something bigger going on with the ten plagues than what you see at first glance. God was judging not only the Egyptians but also the gods of Egypt. In Exodus 12:12 God said that He was going to perform the last sign, the death of the firstborn, and in so doing He was executing “judgments against all the gods of Egypt.” This was also repeated in Numbers: “The Lord had executed judgment against their gods” (33:4). The plagues fell on all the areas of life that were supposed to have been protected by Egypt’s gods. James Boyce said, ‘There were about eighty major deities in Egypt, all clustered about three great natural forces of Egyptian life: the Nile River, the land, and the sky…The first two plagues were against the gods of the Nile. The next four were against the land gods. The final four plagues were against the gods of the sky, culminating the death of the firstborn.’ [Ryken, Exodus, 216] God put His glory on display by judging these false gods. He is the Almighty.” [Merida, Tony. Exalting Jesus in Exodus (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary), 50]

Today, consider this truth of what our God has done!  He has thoroughly defeated our enemies. All the spiritual and worldly influences that hinder us from knowing God – death, unbelief, despair, unrighteousness, hate, brokenness, etc. One by one, God crushes the pretensions of so-called gods, of other purported ways of human flourishing, of other claims of supreme authority, etc.

Today pray by declaring the above statement of what Jesus has done in our lives—thoroughly defeating all our enemies, powers, and influences that keeps us from the love of God.  As you pray, worship with this song “To God be the Glory.

– GK