The children of Israel were in slavery. They cried out and God heard. So, He spoke against Egypt, their slave masters. Time after time He gave Pharaoh the opportunity to listen and obey Him. But the pharaoh’s heart was hard. He refused to look up to the God of heaven. Blood, frogs, flies, hail, darkness and death were some of the punishments, but they were also designed to soften the hearts of the Egyptians. They were to help them to realize that their gods of stone and wood, their manmade gods, were no match for the One Living and True God. He wanted the Israelites to understand that as well.
“When God went out against Egypt, he established it as a statute for Joseph. I heard an unknown voice say: ‘I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.Hear me, my people, and I will warn you—if you would only listen to me, Israel! You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me. I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.’” Psalm 81:5-10
God intervened and set the Israelites free. God’s plan for them was to worship the One Living and True God and Him alone. God’s plan for us is to worship the One Living and True God and Him alone. Are we? Is there anything that we are putting ahead of our Lord? Is there something we love more than Him?
Lord Jesus, search my heart. Is there anything I am putting ahead of You? Show me and forgive me. I want nothing to come between You and me.