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  • Writer's pictureEli Schnell

Ten Plagues in a Bag

Last Sunday, Micaiah, my six-year-old son, came from Bible class holding a tiny makeshift bag. On the bag was written “The Ten Plagues.” Exodus 7-12 records how God’s command brought the ten plagues on Egypt, resulting in Israel’s deliverance. Micaiah told me with a grin, “I’ve got the ten plagues in here!” I replied, “That’s some bag!”

Because of what he had learned in class, Micaiah could generally describe the plagues. It occurred to me that God pulled each plague from a figurative bag as easily as my son could pull his papers from his. He did this so Egypt and Israel would know Him and understand His power and authority (see Ex. 6:7; 7:17).

God wants us to understand the extent of His authority and wisdom. In Exodus, He showed His power through the plagues and the deliverance of Israel. In Job 38, God displayed His wisdom through a series of baffling questions. In Job 38:34-35, God questioned Job within a great storm, “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, so that an abundance of water will cover you? Can you send forth lightnings that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’?”

God’s questions reminded Job to trust His Creator implicitly. Every person on earth should do the same. From His mighty bag, God has pulled wisdom and understanding for all humankind, placing it within His Word, the Bible. His power is seen in the plagues and will be seen again in the final judgment. Out of love for every soul, God has spoken to guide us safely through the judgment so that we may live with Him in eternity. Do not harden your heart as Pharaoh did. Listen, obey, and live!

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