Then the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments; and Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, as the LORD had said. (Exodus 7:22)
The biblical account in Exodus 7:6-25 reveals a sobering truth about man’s ability and willingness to believe in and be influenced by darkness, deceit, and destruction. As Moses appears before Pharaoh again, God will have him and Aaron perform two miracles before the king of Egypt.
First, Aaron casts down his staff and it turns into a serpent (actual Hebrew word is sea monster or crocodile). Pharaoh’s magicians imitate this miracle, but Aaron’s rod swallows the magicians’ rod. Second, God uses Aaron’s rod to turn the river into blood. Again, Pharaoh’s magicians do similar with their enchantments or sorcery. Each of God’s miracles appears to be imitated, though to a lesser extent, by Pharaoh’s magicians.
Satan’s mode of operation is to imitate God in all aspects of life, though to a lesser extent. Satan’s works are not authentic, yet they are very deceiving. The magicians’ “miracle” acts were enough to cause doubt in the mind of Pharaoh concerning the God of Israel. Exodus 7:23 says of Pharaoh’s response to Moses’ and Aaron’s miracles, “And Pharaoh turned and went into his house. Neither was his heart moved by this.”
Satan has an arsenal of weapons to throw at us and their sole intent is to deceive and cause us to doubt the goodness and power of God. Paul states of Satan in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10, “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
Demonic powers can and will work miracles that fool us. Satan provides “good” works that rival God’s works on the surface. If we don’t know our Bibles, we will fall for anything and everything and the unsaved and ungodly will believe all that Satan has for them. Every lie, every deception, every wonder will lure them down a path of destruction. People willingly and happily entertain all that is wicked and even unnatural due to the wonders of Satan and all that looks and sounds “good.”
Pharaoh’s magicians represent exactly that which is occurring in our world today. In Exodus 7, these magicians are not named, but Paul names and describes them for us in 2 Timothy 3:7-9, “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.
In the end Jannes and Jambres were proved to be fakes, fools, and phonies. They could not match the power and wonder of God and eventually it caused their very destruction. Pharaoh lost, and the God of the Israelites freed Israel while destroying Egypt.
What are you believing today that appears “good” but is not of God? Our world is desperately seeking satisfaction in doing “good’ without the power of God. That is impossible. There is no good without God. That which looks and sounds good easily deceives us. The world tells us that abortion is good, but it is not of God. The world tells us that same-sex marriage is good, but it is not of God. The world tells us that living together and sexual intimacy before marriage is good, but it is not of God. The world tells us that success and comfort is what life is all about, but it is not of God. The world tells us that we should not have to deal with pain and discouragement in our lives, so it is alright to medicate them away, but that is not of God. The world says go for all you can get, but that is not of God.
What good things are you believing that need to be put to the God test? If God’s against it, you should be as well—no matter how good it looks or sounds by the world’s standards. Don’t be fooled by Satan again today.