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Meditation: God's Snake is Tougher Than Your Snake
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The Israelites were slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years. In His time, God selected Moses to lead them out. In Exodus 7 we see one of the first confrontations between the good guys and the Pharaoh.

“Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh. The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.”

So, Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said.” NIV Exodus 7:7-13

Several things I love about this passage. 1.) God can call anyone of any age and any background. 2.) God will give you a heads up when he calls you and lead you into anticipating what Satan will do. 3.) Satan is the great pretender, he can mimic God. When Aaron’s staff becomes a serpent, Satan did the apparent same thing.

So, imagine the picture. Aaron and Moses are in awe of the serpent from the staff that God provided. There awe loses a lot of luster when their one serpent is surrounded by multiple serpents.

But take heart, Satan can mimic but not defeat God almighty. Aaron’s one serpent eats the rest.

Jesus said it best, perhaps in John 16:33. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But, take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Don’t let snakes in the grass or anything else convince you God isn’t in control.

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