God or Pharaoh?
Psalm 105:26-36 (JDV)
Psalm 105:26 He sent Moses his servant, and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
Psalm 105:27 They performed his miraculous signs among them, and miracles in the land of Ham.
Psalm 105:28 He sent darkness, and it became dark – and they did not defy his commands.
Psalm 105:29 He turned their water into blood and caused their fish to die.
Psalm 105:30 Their land was overrun with frogs, even in their royal bedrooms.
Psalm 105:31 He spoke, and insects came – gnats throughout their country.
Psalm 105:32 He gave them hail for rain, and lightning throughout their land.
Psalm 105:33 He attacked their vines and fig trees and shattered the trees of their territory.
Psalm 105:34 He spoke, and locusts came – young locusts without number.
Psalm 105:35 They devoured all the vegetation in their land and consumed the produce of their land.
Psalm 105:36 He attacked all the firstborn in their land, all their first progeny.
If you read this text in various translations, you will find a good deal of difference in how verse 28 is rendered. It is not clear who the “they” represents in that verse. I have the “they” agreeing with the “they” in the previous verse, a reference to the obedience of Moses and Aaron — in contrast with the disobedience and rebellion of the Egyptians.
The reason Moses and Aaron were able to perform the miraculous signs is that they had chosen not to defy God’s commands, even if that meant going against the wishes of Pharaoh.
Our challenge today is to trust God and stand against the will of a world which is choosing to disobey him. If we dare to take our stand, God’s power will be available to vindicate us. If we choose to do nothing, we are siding with Pharaoh.