Scripture: Exodus 7-9
Key verse: (9:14b) so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth.
Reflection: This section of reading showcases the “plagues” or “signs” brought on in Egypt in order to persuade Pharaoh to release Israel from captivity. We read of water turning red like blood, frogs hopping everywhere, gnats or ticks and flies, livestock terribly diseased, skin sores on each person, and deathly hail falling from the sky. Even more plagues are to come in tomorrow’s reading. What do we make of these “signs” given to Pharaoh by God through Moses and Aaron?
What amazes me in reading of this events, is the co-agency and dependence of God and of human. God and humans (Moses and Aaron) are involved in various degrees for each sign given. God is explicitly active in only 6 of the signs. Moses and Aaron are involved in a dual role in 3 of these, while acting alone (as best we are told) in 4 of them. This tag-teaming is evident that we, as humans, play a role in the release of captives and the justice of all the earth. These signs are God’s signs, the human activity within them must be recognized. Moses and Aaron would not be effective without God’s power working in and through them, and God is dependent on Moses and Aaron, working in the world. It is by God’s power that our humanness is what brings the divine to the places of the earth that are hardened. We must recognize the dual agency in the work of God’s redemptive and restorative justice.
How have you seen God work in and through you for the plight of others? Can you feel God’s power in the work of justice and peace on earth, seeking release of the captives and freedom for all creation? The work we do, much like the signs given, have one goal: that all the earth may know there is no one like our God.
Prayer: Almighty God, it is by your power we are agents in the work of justice and peace on earth. Guide us in the work we do that all the earth may come to know you and know that there is none like you. You are our God. We are your people. Amen.
Author: Ben Brannan
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].