Now, I am wayyy too excited about this particular post. However, if you haven’t read Part 1 of this 2-part series, you should! I will reference it a few times, and I don’t want you to miss out on anything!
In Exodus 7:1-13, Moses and Aaron came face to face with Pharaoh. God had told Moses He’ll make him like God to Pharaoh and Aaron would be his prophet. In verse 9, God said, “Pharaoh will demand, ‘show me a miracle.’ When he does this, say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down in front of Pharoah, and it will become a serpent.” Based on what we saw last week, we know that this was a pretty easy feat for Moses. It had happened in his personal encounter with God, and He knew God could make this happen.
Here’s something to note: your personal encounters with God are key! Don’t trade them for anything. I read a book titled The Seven Mountain Prophecy earlier this year, and the screenshot below is from its foreword. I have this printed and pinned on my wall in my bedroom, and I constantly remind myself of the differences between personal intimacy and being on a mission for Christ. Elizabeth Enlow says, “What we do with and for Him must be the overflow of what we have found alone with Him.” Moses had seen God turn the staff into the serpent in Exodus 4, so he could tell Aaron what to do without fear of its possibility. In essence, prioritize the place of personal intimacy: worship, Bible Study, prayer, communion, praise, listening to God, and so on.
But here’s where we are really going. In verses 10-12, something spectacular happens:
10 So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord had commanded. Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a serpent. 11 But then Pharaoh called the wise men and sorcerers—the magicians of Egypt, and they also did the same thing by their occult practices. 12 Each one threw down his staff, and it became a serpent. But Aaron’s staff swallowed their staffs.Exodus 7:10-12 CSB
Doesn’t that just make you excited?! Before we jump into verse 12 where Aaron’s staff swallowed the other staffs, let’s dwell on verses 10-11. Here are the things to note:
- They went on the Lord’s command: if we truly want to partner with God, we need to wait on His command. Amos 3:3 in the Amplified version says, “Do two men walk together unless they have made an appointment?” God’s affairs in your life’s business are tied to how much you give him room. On any situation, it is best to wait for his command. Here’s what the Holy Spirit told me recently, “A permissive will is a perfect will sabotaged by impatience. Trust the waiting.” It’s important that we never miss an opportunity to wait on God’s promise.
- They performed the miracle: having trusted in the One who sent them, Aaron threw the staff down to become a serpent. It doesn’t stop at God’s command, we need to carry it out. If he’s asking you to hold off on something, hearing does not equate obedience; doing it equates obedience. So, just do it!
- The wisemen and sorcerers did the same thing: Haha here goes confusion! And when the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to see this verse, I was spinning. I’m excited as I type this! What’s that thing people say about success and how even unbelievers are rich too? Yeah, we’re somewhere along those streets right now. The Bible says “each one became a serpent.” Imagine Aaron’s and Moses’s surprise for a minute – here was something they thought only God could do. What in the world is going on?! They had contenders. And as believers, we would constantly, and I mean constantly, come in touch with things like this – something that challenges your stance, your faith, and your belief. One of the best things a friend said to me while in college was “financial success is not one of the finished works of Christ.” The tendency to approach God as the giver of gifts rather than as the gift himself is something that will constantly land us in trouble because in the face of contenders, we will shrink.
Here’s another way to look at it: Situations will confront you even after God has commanded you. There’s a tendency to believe that once we have God on our side, things will be smooth and seamless. Joyce Meyer says, “the purpose of faith is not to keep us from trouble but to carry us through trouble.” Even in the midst of God’s backing, ugly situations will raise their heads. So, what do we do?
We wait to see what God will do. Verse 12 says, “But Aaron’s staff swallowed their staffs.” My guess is that Aaron didn’t interrupt the process; he didn’t have the skill to know what to do either. He had obeyed God’s instructions, trusted in God, and it was only best to let God take it over. Remember what we said in Part 1? Moses took the snake’s tail with faith that God will handle its head. In the face of contenders, Aaron allowed God show off. That tells us that the one within us is greater, so we should always look within!! 1 John 4:4 says,
You are from God, little children, and have conquered them,[n] because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.1 JOHN 4:4 NET
Royalty, I don’t know what part of life you’re in now: you may need to seek God’s command on that situation before you take a step, you may need to act on the word you have already received, or like Aaron’ staff, you may be face-to-face with contenders and faith-testing situations. Whatever the case may be, I hope you have found an answer today. Hold on to it and above all, prioritize the place of intimacy with your Father. That’s all that matters.
With Overflowing Love,