26 He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.

27 They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.

28 He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word.

29 He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.

30 Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings.

31 He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts.

32 He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.

33 He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts.

34 He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number,

35 And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.

36 He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.

37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.

38 Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.

Psalm 105: 26-38 KJV

 God's Contest with Pharaoh 


January 22, 2024


Reverend Danny Rhoades

Good day Brothers and Sisters. Today my Daily Devotional is going to be about the story of "God's contest with Pharaoh," as recorded in Exodus 5:1-12, Psalm 105:23-38, and Romans 9:14-23, is a significant event in the Bible that showcases the power, sovereignty, and deliverance of God. This contest takes place during the time of Moses and the Israelites' enslavement in Egypt. Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, stubbornly refuses to let the Israelites go despite repeated pleas from Moses and Aaron, prompting God to unleash a series of devastating plagues. This devotional delves into the various aspects of this contest, exploring the resistance of Pharaoh, the demonstration of God's power through the plagues, the suffering of the Israelites, and ultimately, the triumph 

of deliverance and redemption. Through this narrative, we gain insights into the nature of God's sovereignty, the importance of faith and endurance in times of oppression, and the enduring lessons we can learn from this profound contest.

This biblical story of "God's contest with Pharaoh" is a dramatic tale of faith and deliverance. Found in the book of Exodus, it recounts the journey of the Israelites as they seek liberation from their enslavement in Egypt. This epic showdown between God and Pharaoh serves as a testament to the power of faith and the triumph of divine intervention.

In the grips of paranoia and the desire for control, Pharaoh subjected the Israelites to harsh enslavement. Afraid of their growing numbers and potential revolt, he imposed heavy labor and controlled their lives in an attempt to suppress any signs of rebellion.

Moses and his brother Aaron, acting as emissaries of God, confronted Pharaoh demanding the release of the Israelites. However, Pharaoh's initial response was one of stubborn resistance, refusing to acknowledge their demands for liberation. This set the stage for a clash of wills between the ruler and the divine.

God unleashed a series of plagues upon Egypt to demonstrate his power and judgment. The first plague was the turning of the Nile River into blood, rendering its waters undrinkable and causing havoc in the land.

Next came a plague of frogs, infesting every corner of Egypt. From palaces to kitchens, frogs became an overwhelming presence, a slimy reminder of God's supremacy.

God further turned nature against Pharaoh by sending a plague of gnats, tormenting the Egyptians and highlighting their powerlessness in the face of divine intervention.

As Pharaoh's resistance persisted, God sent a plague of flies, swarming and buzzing relentlessly, infiltrating every space and causing chaos throughout Egypt.

Livestock, which held significant economic and cultural value, fell victim to a plague, leaving the Egyptian fields devastated and their livelihoods in ruins.

Inflicting painful boils upon the Egyptians, God demonstrated his power to inflict suffering and showed his resolve to secure the liberation of the Israelites.

Hail rained down upon Egypt, unleashing destruction and devastation from the skies, further illustrating God's dominion over the forces of nature.

A plague of locusts swarmed Egypt, devouring crops and leaving a trail of desolation. This catastrophe served as a clear message that God's power could overcome any human resistance.

For three days, a deep darkness covered Egypt, plunging the land into a state of terrifying obscurity. This darkness symbolized both the physical and spiritual blindness that Pharaoh and his people had fallen into.

The tenth and final plague, the death of the firstborn, served as a culmination of God's judgment and the ultimate warning to Pharaoh. Only through the marking of doorposts with lamb's blood could the Israelites be spared from this devastating blow.

Throughout the contest, Pharaoh's heart remained hardened. Despite witnessing the overwhelming power of God through the plagues, he continued to resist and refuse to let the Israelites go. His stubbornness exemplified the depth of his defiance and the lengths he was willing to go to maintain control.

It is worth noting that the hardening of Pharaoh's heart was not solely his doing but also a divine action. God had a purpose in allowing Pharaoh's heart to harden, using this contest to manifest his glory and deliver his people. This battle of wills between Pharaoh and God ultimately led to the liberation of the Israelites and showcased God's power over even the mightiest of rulers.

In conclusion, the contest between God and Pharaoh in the Exodus story serves as a powerful testament to faith, deliverance, and the triumph of divine intervention. The plagues unleashed upon Egypt were not only demonstrations of power and judgment but also acts of mercy, offering Pharaoh repeated opportunities to let the Israelites go. Despite Pharaoh's hardened heart, God's will prevailed, leading to the liberation of the Israelites and affirming the supremacy of the divine.

The plight of the Israelites under Pharaoh's rule was a tale of anguish and despair. Forced into hard labor and oppressed by harsh conditions, their cries for relief echoed through the land. The weight of their suffering was almost unbearable, and their spirits were crushed under the weight of their burdens.

In the midst of their suffering, God offered the Israelites a glimmer of hope. He promised to deliver them from the clutches of Pharaoh and lead them to a land flowing with milk and honey. This promise, though seemingly distant, instilled a renewed sense of hope and resilience within the Israelites. It reminded them that their suffering was not in vain and that a brighter future awaited them.

Despite their anguish, the Israelites found strength and perseverance through their unwavering trust in God. They held onto the belief that God would fulfill His promise and bring them out of Egypt. It was this trust that enabled them to endure the trials and tribulations they faced. Their faith in God gave them the courage to face each day, knowing that their deliverance was on the horizon.

The Israelites' endurance and unwavering faith were rewarded when God unleashed a series of plagues upon Egypt. The final and most devastating plague was the death of the firstborn, but the Israelites were spared from this judgment. They marked their doorposts with the blood of a lamb and celebrated the first Passover. Through this act of obedience and faith, they were liberated from the bondage of Egypt and experienced the salvation of their people.

As the Israelites left Egypt, they found themselves trapped between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea. It seemed like all hope was lost, but God had one more miraculous act of deliverance in store for His people. He parted the waters of the Red Sea, creating a path for the Israelites to walk on dry ground. They crossed safely to the other side while the pursuing Egyptian army was swallowed by the returning waters. God's triumph over Pharaoh and His deliverance of the Israelites were undeniable, solidifying His power and sovereignty.

In summary, the story of God's contest with Pharaoh showcases the Israelites' enduring suffering and their faith in the midst of oppression. It highlights God's promise of deliverance and the strength the Israelites found through their trust in Him. Ultimately, their deliverance and redemption came in the form of the Passover and the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, illustrating God's ultimate triumph over their oppressor.

The contest between God and Pharaoh serves as a powerful reminder of the divine authority and ultimate triumph over oppression. It teaches us about the significance of faith, endurance, and trust in God's promises, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. The story of God's contest with Pharaoh continues to inspire and encourage us today, reminding us that God's deliverance is always at work in our lives. As we reflect on this ancient contest, may we find strength and hope in knowing that God is always fighting on our behalf, leading us towards freedom and redemption.

Friends, the story of "God’s contest with Pharaoh" shows us how God’s people suffered under a cruel ruler, but never gave up their faith in God. It shows us how God kept His promise to save them and give them a new life. God showed His power and love by sending the Passover and opening the Red Sea for them, while He judged their enemy.

Brothers and Sisters, God’s contest with Pharaoh teaches us that God is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, and that He can overcome any evil that tries to harm us. It teaches us to trust in God’s promises, even when things look hopeless. God’s contest with Pharaoh still gives us hope and courage today, because we know that God is always with us and working for our good. As we think about this amazing story, let us praise God for His mighty deeds and His faithful love, and follow Him with all our hearts.



Dear Heavenly Father, we look to You as our Savior and to what You accomplished on the cross as the guarantee of our salvation. Thank You for paying the price for our sin. Forgive us if we have ever spoken against You in any way, or have been motivated by fear and doubt, we come to You in faith, believing that You hear us and will answer our prayer. Help us to always obey You. I pray these things, in the name of our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ. Amen

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

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