“The God of the Hebrews has met with us”.
Ex 5:3 NIV
Often, behind the apparent calm of surface appearances, there are hidden conflicts and secret agendas. It happens in company boardrooms, national cabinets, in sports team selections and even in families. Yes, and sometimes in churches too!
The meeting in Egypt took place between Pharaoh on the one side and Moses and Aaron on the other. They represented the Egyptian nation – who had originally welcomed the Israelites – and the Israelites who had for four centuries been their slaves. It was a wholly unequal, lop-sided contest, loaded massively in favour of the Egyptians. But that was only on the surface. Underneath it was a contest between the gods of the Egyptians on the one side and the Lord, the God of Israel on the other. That tipped the balance decisively the other way, although Pharaoh and his fellow- Egyptians were not to know yet.
There is always a struggle between right and wrong. The Bible depicts it as a conflict between light and darkness, chaos and order (or creation) truth and falsehood, good and evil. We see it reflected in the New Testament in the opposition between the religious leaders and Jesus, and when Paul says that “on that cross Christ freed himself from the power of the spiritual rulers and authorities, (by making) a public spectacle of them by leading them as captives in his victory precession” (Col 2:15 GNB). But no one thought of it like that on Good Friday!
The real battle still goes on – in the boardrooms, cabinets, councils and workshops. The war is between good and evil, between God and Satan. Whether you see it or not, you face it every day. Keep your eyes and ears open.
Lord, help me to take my part in the ongoing battle.