Miracles & Plagues: Same God, Different Approach

When God sent plagues to the Egyptians, it was not because the Israelites were good people. It was because ‘the Lord had brought judgement on their gods’ (Numbers 33:4). Regarding the Canaanites and other inhabitants, time and time again, God reminds the Israelites that, ‘It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the Lord your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers’ (Deuteronomy 9:5). So when God brought the plagues, they always trailed along a banner for reminder, ‘so that you may know that I am the Lord’ (Exodus 10:2). God uses miracles to show His Children His might, love and power. He also uses plagues to bring judgement on the enemy, his works of destruction, and all those who abet him.

The God whose Spirit was ‘hovering over the waters’ (Genesis 1:2) is the same God who walked on water (Mark 6:45), and so it is no wonder He can manipulate natural elements to bring upon judgement or to perform miracles. The first plague that struck the Egyptians was the plague of blood whereby ‘the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood’ (Exodus 7:20). So it wasn’t a surprise that the same God who turned water into blood, would change water into wine over 1,000 years later. ‘This, the first of his miraculous signs Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him’ (John 2:11).

The third plague of gnats whereby God manipulated ground matter so that ‘throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats’ (Exodus 8:17). The same God, while walking on earth in human form, uses the same dust of the ground to perform a miraculous sign that makes a man born blind see. ‘He spat on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes . . . so the man went and washed, and came home seeing’ (John 9:6).

In the plague of the locusts, ‘the Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts’ (Exodus 10:13). After Pharaoh admitted his sin and beseeched Moses to ask God to ‘take this deadly plague away from me’ (v17), ‘the Lord changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea. Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt’(v19).  The God who ‘brings out the wind from his storehouses’ (Psalm 135:7) also ‘rules over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them’ (89:v9). So when ‘without warning, a furious storm came upon the lake . . . he (Jesus) got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm’ (Matthew 8: 24,26).

The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

(v27)

In the second last plague of darkness a ‘darkness that can be felt . . . covered all Egypt for three days’ (Exodus 10:21, 22). It is as though God did a ‘factory reset’ and Egypt was taken back to creation days where ‘the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep’ (Genesis 1:2). So when ‘darkness now covers the earth, and deep darkness the peoples’ (Isaiah 60:2), Jesus steps in and says, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ (John 8:12). The same God who said ‘“Let there be light,” and there was light’ (Genesis 1:3) brought light into a dark world because ‘he wraps himself in light as with a garment’ (Psalm 104:2).

The last of the 10 plagues was the plague of the firstborn whereby ‘the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well’ (Exodus 12:29). Jesus Christ, ‘the firstborn over all creation’ (Colossians 1:15) raised up from the dead a widow’s son (Luke 7:11), a dead girl (Mark 5:21), and Lazarus (John 11:38). Sin and death which plagued us all, was overcome by the death of one man, the ultimate miracle. ‘Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ (John 11:25-26).

Unlike the devil, God does not need to use gullible or willing humans to go into a lab and concoct viruses, because He has control over everything. As the Book of Psalms puts it, ‘the heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it. You created the north and the south’ (v89:11-12). He who placed the sun, moon and stars in the expanse of the sky, is the same who will cause ‘the sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood’ (Joel 2:31) when He brings judgement on the earth. While for some this will be dreadful like a plague, for His children this will be a miracle and wonder, because the Prince of Peace will finally rule in justice and righteousness forever.

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