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October 14, 2016


by Leslie John

Leslie M. John

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings” (Exodus 10:21-23)

For light to shine in the dwelling places of the children of Israel in Egypt, when they were under slavery neither Sun or Moon were required. In the same region where Egyptians lived and the children of Israel lived, there was utter darkness for Egyptians, and there was light for the children of Israel. It happened when Moses by the word of God and by the LORD’s Almighty power brought darkness over Pharaoh and his people in Egypt. It was ninth plague that God sent over Pharaoh and his people in the land of Egypt.

There was another important incident after the deliverance of the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery in Egypt, able leaders of Egyptians led by Pharaoh chased the children of Israel from behind to catch hold of them and take them back to Egypt to work for him and Egyptians, as slaves.

Pharaoh and war-experts in their chariots, perhaps, forgot their sufferings when God had put them to terrible sufferings by bringing on them the ten plagues. Of the Ten plagues, the last plague was indeed terrible one for them. The first born of Egyptians including that of Pharaoh were killed by the LORD because Pharaoh went back on his word nine times earlier that he would release the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery, but did not keep up his word.

Pharaoh hardened his heart and therefore, God hardened his heart that the LORD may show His almighty power over Egyptians. Pharaoh was humiliated when the LORD killed his firstborn. He released the children of Israel and while they were on their way to the Promised Land, Pharaoh shamelessly followed them, in vain, to take them back to Egypt. It was at that time that the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel moved to be behind them, and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face stood behind them. It was between the camp of Egyptians and the camp of Israel. For Egyptians the cloud was darkness to them, but it gave light by night to the children of Israel.

Thus, neither Egyptians could come near the children of Israel nor the children of Israel could go near them. The LORD controlled whole situation. The sun and moon were nowhere near the Egyptians to help The LORD was the light for the children of Israel and made the Egyptians to grope in darkness.

The children of Israel with all their cattle walked on the dry ground between the Red Sea which was, in the meanwhile, parted into two by Moses by the power of the Almighty God. After the children of Israel safely passed onto the other shore of the Red Sea, the Egyptians attempted to cross the Red Sea on the dry land, but alas! Moses lifted his staff once again invoking God’s power, and the LORD brought waters together. Pharaoh, and his men in the chariots, were drowned in the Red Sea and got killed; never again to follow the children of Israel.

God is all-powerful. When He said “Let there be light”, “there was light” and God saw that the light was good and He divided the light from the darkness, and thus God created time, as well. Sun and moon were placed by God in the firmament to help man to distinguish days, months and seasons. Sun and Moon were not the source of light, but they were the source to differentiate times and seasons. The Time is also, therefore, a creation of God. Neither Sun nor Moon or Time is gods; but they were creation of God. (cf. Genesis 1:3-5; 1:14).

God said…

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Exodus 20:3-4)

In the New Testament God’s judgment of sin was seen at the cross of Calvary where Lord Jesus Christ was crucified in our stead in order that we may have redemption from sin. From sixth hour to ninth hour, which according to our time in the present days, is from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM there was utter darkness. The sun was darkened. It pleased the Father to bruise the Son, Lord Jesus Christ, who knew no sin but was made sin for us, in order that we might be made righteousness of God in Him (cf. Luke 23:44-46, 2 Corinthians 5:21)

Salvation is free of cost. Bible says…

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10)



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