Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday October 23, 2022


Text: Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.” – Exodus  8:19.

Comment: Though the magicians of Pharaoh tried to replicate the initial miracles done by Moses – those of turning his rod into a serpent, turning the river into blood and of causing frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt – they could not repeat the fourth miracle, that of bringing up lice over man and beast. The so-called “wise men” of Egypt then told Pharaoh, “…This is the finger of God”. Yet, Pharaoh would not let the Israelites to go until he and his people were forced to bow to the will of God when the angel of God at midnight smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:29, 30) “And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.” (Exodus 12:33) All the boast of Pharaoh and his hosts ended in humiliation and utter destruction when they were all drowned in the Red Sea. (Exodus 14; 15:1-21; Psalm 136:15) God brought the Israelites out of Egypt in so signal a manner, that it was clear that He is Almighty. “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea…” – Exodus 15:1-3.