Does God see you? Does He hear your cause? Does He care? The answer is a resounding yes. He is a Covenant-keeping God.
By Heather Djunga
The magicians of Egypt were considered powerful by the Egyptians. They could pull off some fancy sorcery. In fact, when Moses and Aaron stood before them, and God began to work signs and wonders, it would seem the sorcerers even sniggered at God’s miraculous interventions. They used their magic to ‘replicate’ these miracles.
But God knows how to humble a proud person. He let them have their go at it. It was as a game of chess if you will – Moses and Aaron stepped up in response to God’s commands and the Lord moved His hand… Pharaoh’s magicians stepped forward, the demons they were enslaved to manifested false miracles…
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel let the Egyptians pride build and swell. He let their egos inflate. He demonstrated His faithfulness to His people through the demonstrations of His glory as evidenced in the ten plagues He sent. One by one He made a spectacle of the different idols of Egypt.
Having no revelation of what this was building to, and quite happy to use the opportunity to display their perceived power, the Egyptian sorcerers stepped up to the challenge, in obedience to Pharaoh.
Then the Lord did something unexpected… He deflated the pride of Egypt in a single move and put the enemy in checkmate. Ok so Pharaoh, you have some fine moves, do you? Well, let’s see what you do about the blood from the lamb…
“Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household … Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs… I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn–both men and animals–and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord… The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt (from Exodus 12)”
And so the Lord, Israel’s high priest and advocate, crowned His case for Israel with the blood of the lamb, hinting in the pages of His Story a greater story which was unfolding – which would culminate with the arrival of the Lamb of God whose Blood is unconquerable, and impenetrable.
Maybe some stuff has been holding your destiny. Maybe Pharaoh, in whatever shape or form, has been trying to snuff out God’s fire in you – but today I tell you, the Blood of Jesus still speaks in your defence and God has put the enemy of your soul in checkmate by His own Blood.
All the powers of hell cannot scale the wall of Jesus’ blood which has secured you into Covenant with the King of Kings and this Covenant will never be forgotten or forsaken by Him.
There’s things He is doing on your behalf, moving on your behalf because He is a Covenant-keeping God.
I am sure the Egyptians had many covenants with the gods they served but these could not stand against the Covenant the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel had with His people.
“To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again. 10Though the mountains may be removed and the hills may be shaken, My loving devotion will not depart from you, and My covenant of peace will not be broken,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” (Isa 54:9-10)
The Blood of the Lamb roared so loudly on behalf of the people of God that Pharaoh agreed to let them go.
Jesus is the Lamb of God. He’s also the Lion of Judah.
“Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed to open the scroll and its seven seals. Then I saw a Lamb who appeared to have been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders.” (Rev 5:5-6)
Let’s trust Him for some roaring in this nation. Every tribe and language and people and nation has been purchased by His blood and He is not about to hand over His covenant people to the control of any spiritual Pharaoh.
“And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.” (Rev 5:9)
If He has allowed it, it is to strengthen and prepare you for greater things to come – His ultimate purpose being to transform you into Christ-likeness. If He seems ‘late’ in bringing the anticipated breakthrough, maybe it is as with the ten plagues – He wants to show you His faithfulness, build your faith and trust in Him, and dethrone some idols in your life.
““See, it is I who created the blacksmith
who fans the coals into flame
and forges a weapon fit for its work.
And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;
17 no weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.” (Isa 54:16-17)
He is building to a grand checkmate moment. Let the enemy’s pride swell. You know how the story ends. God knows how to humble the proud.
This Lion has written victory into the pages of His Story and when He roars, every knee will bow.
“The lion has roared– who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken– who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:8).
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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.