Mimicking God

29 Jan

Reading the Exodus chapters this week (particularly Ch. 7 & 8), I realized something. I’d forgotten the Egyptian magicians mimicked the plagues God brought to Egypt.

The miracle of turning the staff into a snake, the plague of blood, and the plague of frogs – each one copied by scorcerers and magicians (mind you the snake from Aaron’s staff swallowed the magicians and the magicians did not reverse the plagues, which makes me conclude they could not; thus we have mimicking, not replicating or equalling).

Then, in the Matthew Chapter 19 reading, we see Jesus speaking to the rich man and his disciples. Jesus tells the rich man to be “perfect”, you must sell your posessions, give it all to the poor, and follow Christ. Of course the rich man doesn’t want to do this.

It struck me that the earthly wealth of this man mimicked true wealth from God. I’m sure his wealth gave him security, comforts, power, position, enjoyment.

God only allows “mimicking” things, things that are imitations a certain time. Temporary. Their end will come. Then God alone stands.  Just as Jesus said to the rich man in these same verses, “Only One is good.” Just as the magicians couldn’t replicate the plague of gnats in Exodus Chapter 8.  

I wonder what mimicking things are present in our lives that we need to turn away from in order to seek the real deal from God.

Thursday’s Passages: Exodus 5:22 – 7:24; Matt. 18:23 – 19:12; Psalms 23: 1 – 6; Proverbs 5: 22 – 23

Friday’s Passages: Exodus 7:25 – 9:23; Matt. 19: 13 – 30; Psalms 24: 1 – 10; Proverbs 6: 1 – 5

Saturday’s Passages: Exodus 10:1 – 12:13; Matt: 20:1 – 28; Psalms 25: 1 – 15; Proverbs 6: 6 – 11

Sunday’s Passages: Exodus 12: 14 – 13:16; Matt. 20:29 – 21:22; Psalms 25:16 – 22; Proverbs 6:12 – 15

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