Read Exodus 7:1-13
“The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD” (v. 17).
It was go-time. God knew Pharaoh would demand a sign from God. So He gave Moses and Aaron His plan. “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Prove yourselves by working a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent'” (7:9).
He would set His people free so they could serve Him in worship. God knew this was the only true kind of freedom — the kind of living that comes from serving Almighty God.
You see, Pharaoh and the Egyptians thought they ruled the land. But then God used Aaron’s staff to turn the Nile into blood, and He proved His sovereign rule. In fact, there will yet come a day when every Egyptian, including Pharaoh, and every one of us, will bow our knee to the One and Only true Sovereign God.
“(A)t the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Phil. 2:10-11).
It would take many more signs before Pharaoh would bend. He would have to live through frog, gnat, fly, and locust infestations. He would experience plagues on Egyptian livestock, boils on his body, and hail and darkness throughout the land before he would relent.
And always, God would prove sovereign. Sovereign over Pharaoh and all his commanding men. Sovereign over Egyptians, Israelites, Ammonites, and Midianites alike.
It would take much more time than any of His children wanted, but God would make good on His promise. Because He is sovereign. And even still today, He remains King over all kings. It might not always look like it. But rest assured God’s promise prevails.
The Israelites were about to embark on a long journey that would lead them out of bondage, and God was preparing them for what lay ahead. They would not like the path He chose. But He would lead them to freedom all the same.
You and I might not like the path God sometimes chooses either. Still, He has a plan for our freedom, our abundant and eternal life, that goes far beyond desert-ridden paths.