Wednesday, March 07, 2007

God’s judgment against the firsborn and gods of Egypt

Exodus 12: 12 “On that same night 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.”


I’ve always wondered who these “other gods” were that were consistently referenced in the Old Testament. The references seem to affirm the existence of the these gods (as real) but God is greater.

Were the gods of Egypt real so that God will have to bring judgment against them?

I know the argument can be made here that Pharaoh was the one referred to as god but this doesn't explain all the other references throughout the O.T. referencing these gods.


tiny tim said...

Is it not simply a matter of God showing the people that the gods they believed in were powerless and that true power rested with Him alone? This theme of God vs. gods of the people is rather consistent through the OT. How many times were the Israelites warned not to follow after the gods of the people around them? These gods aren't any more real then the golden calf "god" the Israelites worshipped or the god of the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18.

tiny tim said...

I would also say that the gods of Egypt were real to the Egyptians.

Through the 12 plagues, God attacked 12 of their gods and in so doing, showed them to be worthless, powerless and thereby non-existent.