Our God is a warrior. When the Israelites were enslaved in Egypt, the Lord went to battle against Hisâ€“â€“and theirâ€“â€“enemies. The ten plagues are ordered in such a way as to demonstrate that the God of the Hebrews was more powerful than any & all of the Egyptiansâ€™ most revered gods. Their gods could not keep what God had determined to deliver.
Each battle shows that what the Egyptians worshipped as a deity, was in fact no god at all. The god of the Nile, defeated. The goddess of fertilityâ€“â€“represented as a woman with a frogâ€™s headâ€“â€“defeated. The god of the earth & the goddess of the sky, defeated. And so on, until utter darkness descended on Egypt for three days, mocking their second highest god, Ra. The Lord embarrassed all their idols; He turned what they had honored as deities into the very things that brought ruination upon their land. God went to battle against His enemies, and wiped the floor with them. This contest wasnâ€™t even close.
The final battle, the tenth plague, takes aim at Pharaoh himself. He was the embodiment of the Egyptiansâ€™ entire religious system, he was the highest of the gods. For this final showdown, the Lord commands His people to hold a feast, while He brings their captor to utter ruin.
All this should assure us of a glorious truth: God fights for us. Our enemies are defeated. Sin, the devil, the world, defeated. But they are not defeated by you or me. We feast while He fights. He conquers for us, while we enjoy the peace He wins for us. He delivers us, while we partake of the bread of His body and the wine of His blood. We remember in this meal that God delivers His people, in order to commune with His people. This is a victory feast, where we taste the spoils of the great war our King has won.
So come in faith, and welcome to Jesusâ€¦