Ten Plagues | Devotion 5: Giver of Life
Have you ever read “The Giver” by Lois Lowry? The premise of the story is that there is this dystopian society where a young child receives the feeling of emotions and memories from the past. Every emotion that has ever been felt in any specific memory the child wants to bring up, he can at any time. The Giver is the one who gives all these memories to the child. It is as if The Giver is giving life to the child. The child did not know life until he was given all these memories.
The ultimate giver of life is the Almighty God. What are some of your favorite names for God? Some of the most common include Yahweh, Abba, and Elohim. One of my favorite titles for God is El Chai. This is Hebrew for the God of Life. God is the giver of life, the ultimate authority of all life in Heaven and on Earth. But through time, there have been so many different beliefs. One of those times includes the ancient Egyptian gods and authorities.
A couple of those gods were Isis and Seth. Isis was the goddess of life, and Seth was the god, protector of crops. The early Egyptian cultures worshipped gods that had to do with pretty much anything. They had a god for every aspect of life to which they could sacrifice and pray. While growing up in the Egyptian house, Moses grew to learn about all of these different gods. So Moses was fully aware of which god handles the different aspects of life. All of the plagues that God brought down on Egypt were a direct attack on these different gods to show Egypt and the Pharaoh who really was in control.
The 8th plague, the plague of locusts, was a direct attack on either Isis or Seth.
Exodus 10:12-15 says, “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, so that they may come upon the land of Egypt and eat every plant in the land, all that the hail has left.’ So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind had brought the locusts. The locusts came up over all the land of Egypt and settled on the whole country of Egypt, such a dense swarm of locusts as had never been before, nor ever will be again. They covered the face of the whole land, so that the land was darkened, and they ate all the plants in the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Not a green thing remained, neither tree nor plant of the field, through all the land of Egypt.”
The Pharaoh was quickly learning who really was in control. All through this time during the plagues, he saw that God was in control, yet his heart was hardened so much against the Israelites that he could not recognize the peril all around him.
The church today needs to recognize who the real giver of life is, and that is our God, El Chai. We seek life in so many other “gods” that we often fail to recognize that God is the true Giver.