“There is No God Besides Me”

Water to Blood

The LORD said to Moses, “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” (Exo 3:10)

But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go?” (Exo 5:2)

The LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh…” (Exo 6:1)

  • Water of the Nile to blood (Exo 7:14-25) – where was Khnum, “guardian of the Nile”?
  • Frogs (Exo 8:1-15) – where was Hapi, “god of the marshes”?
  • Gnats (Exo 8:16-19) – where was Set, “god of the desert”?
  • Flies (Exo 8:20-32) – where was Khepri, “god of the swarms”?
  • Death of livestock (Exo 9:1-7) – where was Apis, “god of the herds”?
  • Boils (Exo 9:8-12) – where was Imhotep, “god of medicine and healing”?
  • Hail (Exo 9:13-35) – where was Nut, “goddess of the sky”?
  • Locusts (Exo 10:1-20) – where was Renenutet, “goddess of the harvest”?
  • Darkness (Exo 10:21-29) – where was Ra, “god of the Sun”?
  • Death of the firstborn (Exo 11:1-12:32) – where was Meskhenet, “goddess of childbirth”? Or Isis, “protector of children”? Or Selket, “guardian of the Pharaohs”? Where was Pharaoh himself, “god with us”?

What did God want his people to understand?

“You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exo 20:3)

“I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.” (Isa 44:6)

What does God want his people to understand?

“Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” (1 Cor 10:14)

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” (1 John 5:21)

When God says, “Seek first my kingdom and righteousness” (Matt 6:33), we’d better pay attention.

This sermon was delivered on November 17, 2013.

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