The little account of Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh (Ex. 7:8-13) is pretty amazing the more you think about it.  At one level it is like a “pre-game” show.  We meet the contestants for the upcoming battle.  You couldn’t envision two more unlikely opponents.  Pharaoh has all the seeming power; he is the leader of the one true world empire of his day.  Pharaoh is accompanied by an entourage of counselors, magicians, and officials.  In the other corner we have a pair of brothers who just stumbled in from the desert.  Moses is a guy who stutters and has just returned from forty years of taking care of goats.  His older brother, Aaron, only speaks when Moses whispers in his ear.  He carries a stick.  The whole scene is almost beyond belief.  Yet despite the disparity between the folks in the two corners, the nobodies turn out to exercise all the power.  The more you think about it, the more you realize that God delights to make foolish those who trust in worldly power.  Those who represent God, though initially appearing as fools, are ultimately victorious.  God acts so as to bring honor to HIS name and reveal HIMSELF as the incomparable GOD.  And He still does it.  Read I Cor. 1:18-32 and reflect on how God continues to nullify the things that are by choosing the things that are not, so that no one may boast before him.

Pastor Mark

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