Good Guys Bad Guys
Posted on September 14, 2021 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
Were there good guys and bad guys in Egypt before the exodus?
Let’s consider that first Passover. Aren’t we prone to see God’s judgment as being only against Egypt? Take a closer look at Exodus 12: God says He will strike all the firstborn IN the land of Egypt (not FROM the land of Egypt.) The judgment was over the entire land, on every household.
God gave Moses the instructions: Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household… you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. Ex 12:1-6 (excerpts)
“Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it… It is the Lord‘s Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:7-13 (excerpts)
We think of the Egyptians as the bad guys and the Israelites as the good guys. But according to Scripture there were no good guys. The Israelites were as guilty of idol worship as the Egyptians. Joshua and Ezekiel both describe Israel as idol worshipers in Egypt.
Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Joshua 24:14 (underlining mine)
But they rebelled against me and were not willing to listen to me. None of them cast away the detestable things their eyes feasted on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. Ezekiel 20:8 (underlining mine)
In every household, Egyptian and Israelite there were false gods, idols. God was executing judgment “on all the gods of Egypt.” Every household was guilty.
A powerful picture[i] I recently heard struck me:
As the Lord passed over Egypt in the darkness of night, peering into the windows of every house, He saw idols on tables, mantles, and floors. Every home was guilty–Egyptian homes – guilty. Israelite homes – guilty. There were no good guys. As the Lord passed over He executed judgment – death to every firstborn. It was only the blood of the lamb that brought mercy despite the guilt.
The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:13
I personalized this picture. When God chose me, before the foundation of the world, to be His daughter, He didn’t peer into the window of my soul and say, “Good guy, I’ll choose her.” Instead, when He peered into my soul He saw sin, idolatry, and rebellion and said, “Guilty. By the blood of the Lamb, I will pass over her because of the judgment I executed on My Son, the Perfect Lamb on her behalf. I will pour out mercy rather than judgment on her.” For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. —1 Corinthians 5:7
This picture humbled me and gave me a greater appreciation for God’s mercy, both of which I need.
May God open our eyes to see ourselves more clearly and may our hearts swell with love, thankfulness and praise for the Perfect Lamb of God, our sacrifice. “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” Revelations 5:12
[i] Jeremy Oddy- class instruction 8.4.18
Written By Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and provides ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. -1 John 4:9