Some religions, like the Jews, believe in one God. Others believe in a good handful of them. Others believe in hundreds of them, while others maintain that there at least one billion gods out there to worship. For me, the study of certain religion’s gods has always been interesting topic to explore.
I know it might sound weird for a Christian to read about Egyptian gods (the ones I mainly read up on) but I feel God, like with the No Broken Bones article, gave me certain things to find interesting so I could tell others how it impacts their life, something I hope to do today and in the flooring information to come in this article.
When most people think of the pagan gods of religions past, such as the Egyptian or Roman/Greek gods, they think of wooden or stone idols that people set up and worshipped. They usually don’t think of an actual beings exist behind the idea. but, what if there was a being behind the gods people worship?
Here are some verses we can start with.
For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
The LORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, He knoweth, and Israel he shall know; if it be in rebellion, or if in transgression against the LORD, (save us not this day,)
To me, all the above references look like the gods have a presence. That is a surprising thought. Could it really be possible that the gods in the Bible were really beings? That is where the real controversy may begin.
See, in Revelation 9:20, we have God telling man that idols “neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.” This is where one might draw the line and forget all about the topic. However, closer inspection needs to be done before we make any hurried judgments.
The word in Revelation 9:20 for “idols” is actually a word for a graven image, not the gods themselves. See, in this future time that Revelation tells us about, they will worship idols, which are simply images or statues of what they think are their gods. Idols are not the gods, just representation of the gods.
An interesting thing about Revelation 9:20 is that, in the same verse, we are also told that men worship “devils” (it is an interesting thing to note that the KJV Bible does not even have the word “demon” in it). This word for devils is the same as other times in the New Testament (like when Jesus cast out devils, and the such). Now, why would God mention that?
Well, God doesn’t just mention it. Every time the word “devils” is used in the Old Testament it is said that humans worshipped them. I know there is a reason that God did that. Also, in 1 Corinthians 10:20 it says that Gentiles sacrificed to “devils”. The Greek word for “devils”, in the verses that say people sacrificed to them, is the word “daimonion” which means a devil, demon or, as an extension of gods. So, right there, we see that the word “devils” and people sacrificing to them have a relation to be called gods.
Then, as if the above wasn’t enough, look what Acts says.
Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, “What will this babbler say”? other some, “He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods:” because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.
Can you guess what the Greek word for “gods” here was? You guessed it, daimonion! So, even the pagans were calling what they perceived as gods, the same name as devils/demons!
Now, this idea that gods are really based on demons is . . . controversial. Although I can’t find any other Christians talking about it, it might just become a topic of the days. For me, the verses point at what they point at and I won’t argue with that. If the Bible says “gods” are based on “devils” then I will believe it.
Demons, gods and Egypt
Perhaps nowhere else are the limited power of gods shown and refuted as in Exodus. And, since Egypt was such a polytheist nation, what better place would there be to start our research?
There are many gods/goddesses in Egyptian mythology that protected from snakes, scorpions and the such but, for the sake of discussion, I have selected Nehebkau as the god for snakes.
The most exciting, and sometimes most dramatic, sign shown to Pharaoh was God’s ability to make a rod turn into a snake. For the Egyptians and their beliefs in their gods, this was a pivotal moment in the ministry of Moses. If the Hebrew God could defy their worshipped animal then what else could He do?
There is no doubt that Pharaoh, after seeing this miracle had to answer the question that he had asked in Exodus 5:2:
And Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.”
I am sure Pharaoh, and the host of Israelites, who were shown this sign (Exodus 4:30) had plenty of time to answer that question.
Note: I believe it traditional, but possibly erroneous, to depict the Israelites as people who believed in God. I believe God refuted the Egyptian gods not only to the Egyptians but also for the Israelite’s sake, which we will see in the case of Nehebkau.
Nehebkau was a god of the Egyptians that was claimed to have the power to heal snake bites and other poisonous creatures. This was quite a claim as a snakebite, scorpion sting or other dangerous injuries could easily occur in Ancient Egypt. There were few cures to these types of things.
Now, since Israelites would have been particularly exposed to these types of dangers, it would be little surprise if they wanted to believe in a god that could heal these dangerous situations. Now, whether or not the demon-Nehebkau had any limited healing abilities, we do not know, but, a belief doesn’t always have to be rooted in facts, just look at atheism!
Anyway, after seeing the rod turned into a snake, it is told to us that the Israelites believed Moses and Aaron and turned to the LORD (Exodus 4:31). It seemed that the Israelites had had their faith restored and they believed in God again! That was, until they doubted again.
Remember the story in Numbers 21? How the Israelites complained against God? Do you remember God’s judgment? Snakes! Maybe the Israelites hadn’t learned that Nehebkau was a demon-god controlled by the True God.
So, we see, before Moses even started his ministry against Egypt, God had to refute the Egyptian snake god to Moses and the Israelites. So, it begs the question, did God just refute a belief or did He really destroy the reputation of a demon-god? Read the following verses to see that Nehebkau did have some limited power (which was overthrown in the second verse).
Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.
Amenhotep was, originally a man who served as a scribe, architect, priest and a public official under the reign of Amenhotep III. Amenhotep was considered a very wise counselor to the king and, this is where it gets juicy, he was thought to have advised Amenhotep III to send the Israelites to slavery.
But, before we get into that too deeply . . . the verse we are talking about.
And the LORD said furthermore unto him, “Put now thine hand into thy bosom.” And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.
I’ve been wondering now, for quite some time, why this sign was never recorded being shown to the Egyptians or the Israelites. However, it was shown to Moses and the people of Israel (Exodus 4:30). This is important as Moses was raised and taught in Egyptian ways, and most certainly taught their gods.
In Acts 7:22 is says:
And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
Now, because Amenhotep wasn’t declared a god until many hundreds of year after Moses, it is possible that Moses learned of Imhotep, a god who was claimed as a healer. Imhotep was later replaced by Amenhotep.
See, before Moses even went to Egypt to proclaim God and rescue the Israelites, God was defying the gods of Egypt, in this case, Imhotep, who would later be replaced by Amenhotep who was thought to have enslaved the Israelites in the first place. See the connection here? Let me simplify.
Moses probably learns, and maybe even worships (there is no proof that Moses believed in God before the encounter with Him), Imhotep, a healer-god. He also probably learns of Amenhotep who sentenced (according to some historians) the Israelites to slavery.
God then refutes the god named Imhotep, who was a claimed healer of those who worshipped him, by striking and then healing Moses from leprosy, the worst disease in ancient times. Moses then goes to Egypt, knowing that God is the only one who can heal all infirmities. He also knows the Imhotep is a fake god and, will later be replaced as a god by the same man who sent them to slavery!
So, we can see plainly that the refuting of Imhotep by giving and taking away Moses’ leprosy not only destroys the strength of Imhotep but it also breaks the stronghold of Amenhotep before he was even deified! For me, that is just amazing!
Oh, one more thing. In the story of Amenhotep’s advice of enslaving the Israelites, he called them 80,000 lepers. For Moses, if he knew the story of Amenhotep, this would be the ultimate way for God to tell him that He would rescue the Israelites. Amazing!
So, now we ask ourselves, did God refute a simple belief (Imhotep) or did He really refute a god who was a demon? It is a difficult question, but, either way, for Moses, there was no doubt that God would save the Israelites!
Khnum, Anuket and Satet
Nothing was more important to the Egyptians then the Nile. Their entire lives revolved on the flooding of the Nile, the creatures in the Nile, the sediment in the Nile, the nutrients in the Nile, etc.
For all humans and animals in the world, life is in the blood. For all humans and animals in Egypt, life was in the Nile. Life rose and fell due to the Nile.
Because the Nile was so important to the ancient Egyptians, it comes as no surprise that they would have many gods and goddesses (Hapi, Khnum, Anuket and Satet) controlling it. Someone had to control when it rose, where the Nile creatures were when humans entered the Nile and, most importantly, that the Nile always was just right for sustaining life.
It is also no surprise then that God’s turning the Nile to blood was the most catastrophic plague to strike the Egyptians!
When God first told Moses to tell Aaron to smite the waters, it most have come as shock to them. Imagine, God telling you to fulfill a command that would devastate the lives of millions of humans and animals! It must have been a big surprise for both of them as they followed the command and cut off the life source of Egypt.
Now, just where the gods come in is recorded in Exodus 7:22:
And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said.
Many people will read the above verse and be surprised that the gods of the Nile were able to perform this type of thing. I mean, if the gods were based in demons then they would be able to turn blood into water (if God permitted it, which He obviously had in this case).
But, the above verse has a catch to it. The magicians turned the water into blood but you know something they didn’t do? Turn the blood back into water! That was the important thing.
Sure, we humans, and demons, can turn something precious and needed into something utterly useless (at least in the sense of this plague) but we can’t seem to turn that useless thing into some precious and needed. Here is where we really find the gods of Egypt refuted.
Another interesting note about this plague is that God turned the Nile (the life source of Egypt) into blood (the life source of . . . well, life).
So, we have to ask ourselves. If these gods really were fake and only beliefs, and had no power then wouldn’t they have been unable to even know that the magicians needed water turned into blood?
It seems a little unrealistic that God would refute some of the most “powerful” gods when they were nothing but fakes. And, that still begs the question, how did the magicians turn water to blood if the gods weren’t based on demons with limited power?
Kek, Nun, Heh and Amen
The Egyptians believed that before the earth was created, there was nothing but a dark, directionless, chaotic watery mass. In this chaos lived the Ogdoad of Khmunu (Hermopolis), the four frog gods and four snake goddesses of chaos. These beings were Nun and Naunet (water), Amen and Amaunet (invisibility), Heh and Hauhet (infinity) and Kek and Kauket (darkness). – Caroline Seawright
Perhaps the plague on the Nile was the most devastating plague to strike the physical area, but the plague of frogs was definitely the most devastating to the spiritual world of the Egyptians.
The first four gods (not including their “female counterparts”) were all gods with frog heads as their heads. Now, that would seem very weird to we Americans but, in the ancient Egyptian world, gods with animals heads were the norm.
But, anyway, these four gods were all frog-headed gods with great, spiritual significance to the Egyptians. One of the gods represented the water, and it was from this water, or Nun, that Ra, the god of the sun was supposedly made. So, the frog-headed god of water was very important.
And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.
Here God refutes the god of Nun as well as his power over water. Two hits with one stone, so they say.
And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs:
And here we have God refuting the god of Heh by making the frogs come from everywhere and subdue everything and be everywhere (in Egypt). Isn’t that the very definition of infinity?
The Egyptian magicians were able to copy God’s act, because He allowed them, but they were only able to produce the frogs. They could not get rid of the frogs. The main problem that was with that is that they only created more frogs that could not be taken care of.
As for the other gods, Amen and Kek, Kek will be refuted later and Amen was refuted when God made the frogs. See, the Hebrew suggests that either God made these frogs from nothing, whereas it seems the Egyptian gods were only able to make the frogs come upon the land (sort of, like migrating?).
The four frog-gods could not make anything from nothing like God did in the creation of the world and as it looks like He did with the Egyptians. Another four more Egyptian gods down the drain.
Geb was the god of the earth. And, by earth, I mean the literal interpretation. Geb was literally god of the ground. It might seem like a low status but think about the importance of the ground. It produces all the food of life! If you were an Egyptian farmer and needed good crops, Geb just might be the god you want.
If the Nile plague was the worst physically, and the frog was the worst spiritually than the lice plague was the most agriculturally devastating. It also destroyed any strong belief in Geb, as is recorded in Exodus 8:19:
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.
You may be wondering, where was Geb’s refuting plague? It was actually the plague of lice. Moses, as God commanded, smote the dust of earth and all the dust turned into lice. I do believe that is almost evolution of dust-to-lice in action!
And the LORD said unto Moses, “Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.”
And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
Once again we have a creation thought here. Just as God created man from dust, so can He create anything from anything! This miracle is once again showing the Egyptians that the God of the Israelites was God of the universe.
So, we must ask ourselves another question. Even though the magicians were not able to bring lice upon man or beast did Geb still have a demon backing him up? If not, then why did God bring such a vile thing, lice, unto man from Geb’s own “property”?
If the plague of the Nile was the worst physically, and the frog was the worst spiritually and the lice plague was the most agriculturally devastating, then the fly plague was the worst in the spiritual thinking of life.
In Egyptian mythology, there was the god Geb of the land and the goddess Nut of the sky (or, more appropriately, the heavens/universe. At first, these two were unable to be separated. That was, until Shu, the god father of Geb and Nut, came and separated the two. Shu is now known as the god of air, or, as we would know him, the sky/atmosphere.
Now, I must note, in the Hebrew, it is never directly said that they were flies but there is a distinct image of some kind of swarm of insects, most likely mosquitoes, gnats or flies.
And the LORD did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants’ houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies.
Now, we all know how incredibly annoying mosquitoes, gnats and flies are. But, you must think of the Egyptian’s beliefs here. Here is a God who can send billions of insects at a moments notice. No incantations. No magicians with sorcery. No trickery, just plain, straightforward power!
And then, you must think how they felt about this. This God could take control of the air with these insects as well as the ground. Why couldn’t Geb or Shu take control of the ground and air and remove the evil insects?
You will also notice that it is not said that the magicians of Pharaoh tried to make these grievous insects. By now, I think they had learned their lesson about their gods. They were utterly powerless without God’s control.
So, once again, we have one plague refuting two connected gods. Oh, and did I mention that some of the most important gods of Egypt are descended from Shu, Nut and Geb? Yeah, gods like Osiris, Isis, Set, Nephthys, Horus and Anubis. All very important gods that had no power without God’s command . . . and the Egyptians knew it! They also quickly learned that their gods had no power of creating or destroying life.
The plague of the Nile was bad on the physical side of things. The plague of frogs were horrible on the spiritual side of things and the lice was devastating toward the agricultural side. However, the plague against all the Egyptian cattle was utterly financially destructive!
Cattle were a special thing to the Egyptians. As their source of income, transportation and work, the Egyptians would be lost without them not to mention that they would be on the brink of poverty. The only thing that remains for them are their fields, and they don’t turn out that great after the next plague.
Here is the plague, straight from the judgment of the Almighty!
And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one.
It is very significant, for both the Egyptians and us, to understand that none of the cattle of the Israelites were killed. After the plague of flies (but, before they were taken away), which we talked about in the last section, Pharaoh said the Israelites could leave to “sacrifice to your God in the land.”
However, because Moses knew Pharaoh would change his mind, he asked him a question recorded in Exodus 8:26.
“It is not right to do so, for we would be sacrificing the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God. If we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, then will they not stone us?”
See, Pharaoh had said they could sacrifice “in the land”, meaning Egypt. He didn’t want them out of his sight. He thought he could please God by doing the minimum. Boy, is he in for a rude awakening.
Moses knew that he could not sacrifice in the land of Egypt with Egyptian cattle and Egyptians all around. It would be a rotten smell instead of a sweet smell to the LORD. And, it was because of Pharaoh’s hardening against the command to let them sacrifice that God took away their cattle.
Here, however, we have a strange thing with the demon discussion. Hapis didn’t seem to do much in this whole thing, so why did God kill the cattle? Once again, we see that God was refuting a god that the people believed had power, and possibly did have power in the form of a demon. So, was the refuting of Hapis in vain? Ask the ancient Egyptians!
Except for Ra, Horus or Aten, Isis is one of the most prominently remember god/goddesses of Egyptian lore. Being the goddess of magic and, ultimately the throne of Egypt, her role was important.
And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, “Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh.
“And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.”
And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast.
Now, since it is not recorded that Moses never showed the sign of the leper to the Egyptians, it is possible this plague was doubling as a refuting act to Amenhotep and Imhotep. However, verse 11 really gives us the final connection to Isis.
And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians.
Now, with the last how many plagues since the lice plague, the magicians have not said a word and have been left out of the narration. How come then they are brought back up in this plague? Maybe, perhaps, because God was refuting Isis, the goddess of magic?
Isis did have a reputation of being able to heal instantly. However, here we see she could not do a thing against the might and power of God. A comforting thought!
If Isis was the one being refuted in this plague then it was also an attack against the king hood of the Pharaoh since Isis was “mother of the throne”. Once again, we have God reminding man that He is in control and King of kings.
So, we have to ask ourselves: was God just refuting an idea about a goddess? Or was He refuting a demon in disguise (real object) as well as destroying Pharaoh’s kingship (real object)?
Being the “flax” that broke the economic camel’s back, the plague of hail literally crippled the Egyptian people. However, the only reason I can think that the Egyptians did not revolt against Pharaoh because their land was now under the control of Egypt, because of the famine during Joseph’s time, and not themselves. They could lose a product that wasn’t theirs.
The plague itself gives a chilling description of God’s wrath on an unrepentant nation
And the LORD said unto Moses, “Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.”
And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.
And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.
Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.
It is at this point that many believe this was a refuting act against Nut, the goddess of the sky, but, as we have seen with the fly plague, Nut was really the goddess of the heavens/universe/stars etc. So, others might say it was another act against Shu, the god of the sky. But, this doesn’t stand up to the biblical account that gives us another perfect clue to the identity of the refuted god.
And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled.
But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up.
Barley was a very important part of Egyptian life. Barley made alcohol and that was a staple in Egyptian culture. The Egyptians even had a god of beer! But, they also had a god of the grains that “controlled” the barley crops: Nepri.
Nepri was the god of grain, but, he was most often associated with certain types of grain: one of these was barley. What was the name of one of the destroyed crops? Barley! So, we can see, with the destruction of the barley that Nepri, the god of grains was refuted as well as the god of beer that came from the work of Nepri.
It seems to me that God is giving a tolerance lesson to the Egyptians here while at the same time refuting their gods.
Along with Ra, Seth was one of the most ancient Egyptian deities. His place in the mythology was also important as he protected Ra from bad things, such as Apep, an evil god that would transform into multiple different water monsters. However, when it came to God, Seth couldn’t raise a finger.
And the LORD said unto Moses, “Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left.”
And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.
And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such.
For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.
Along with being the protector of Ra, Seth was also the god of chaos, desert and storms. It seems here that God refuted Seth’s “control” over the desert when He brought the locusts upon the land and from the outermost deserts.
God then overthrew Seth’s power of the storms when He made the wind drive locusts to Egypt and then drive them away. I mean, last time I checked it takes more than a breeze to move millions of locusts.
God made the final overthrow when He made the locust eat the last of the food in Egypt. Just like there would be chaos here if all our food ran out, so would there have been chaos there. However, unlike Seth, God removed the chaos and Egypt still survives to this day.
So, did God go through all those specifics just to disprove a belief or a demon that people had been worshiping?
Kuk and Ra
One of the first gods, Kuk, and possibly the coolest looking (seriously) and most important god, Ra, were both refuted in one plague: the plague of darkness. And, like the below picture, the plague dealt with darkness and light in one swoop. This plague truly destroyed Egyptian religion as well as the Egyptian’s mental health!
And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:
They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
The Hebrew rod for “felt” in the first verse suggests groping, or utter lost of light. It seemed God was making a very strong point here.
Kuk was one of the creation deities that created the world. He was the god of darkness. However, Kuk had a “day” job too. Kuk was also known as the “bringer-in of light” because he came before light and was kind of a forerunner.
The light he supposedly brought in was the god Ra, the god of the sun/light. So, in the plague of darkness, that only inflicted the Egyptians, took all control from Kuk’s hand to control darkness and Ra’s to control light. These gods had no power unless God saw it fit.
But, there is more to Ra then just light. Ra was the god given credit for creating the world. the Egyptians figured, if the sun was a god and if the sun was a god then that god must be powerful enough to create the world.
It must have come as a surprise to the Egyptians when the Israelites said their God made the sun and all the stars! One God. One LORD. One King. One Messiah. One Savior!
So, with the most powerful god being refuted and one of the other creator deities, is there any doubt in our minds that God was refuting real, demonic influences?
Finally, the last plague against the Egyptians really hit the personal lives. The Israelites were ready to move out after this plague.
And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.
And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
Meskhenet was the goddess of childbirth. Meskhenet was a goddess that had been worshipped from the beginning of Egyptian times and her role in childbirth was that she actually breathed in each child’s “ka”, or part of their soul. She was obviously a big part in a Egyptian family’s life.
Because she gave “ka”, Meskhenet was also supposed to have power of a person’s fate. However, all the 11-12 miracles shown to the Egyptians and Israelites had slowly eroded any of her power in that!
The real refuting act in this plague was that God took the souls of these firstborn humans. Meskhenet could not stop God from taking the “ka” or any other part of the soul. Meskhenet was powerless and the Egyptians knew it.
But, as said earlier, Meskhenet was not the main target in this plague. As the Almighty said in Exodus 12:12:
“For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.”
Let me repeat that: “and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.” I think you can see the message in this.
The Hebrew word for “execute” is ‘asah and it means to cover all the bases. Everything will be covered in the judgement God will bring. And the Hebrew word for “judgment” is shephet and means exactly what it says: infliction . . . judgment.
So, right here we have God executing judgment against a set of beliefs. Wait, that doesn’t make sense! Executing judgment is an act done against real things, not beliefs! With that much being said we have to ask ourselves, once again, was God refuting and executing judgement on a bunch of beliefs or real demons in disguise?
Some people, after reading this article, might ask, “why does it matter?”
In turn, I have a question to the person who asks that question. “Why does it matter that God talks about Moses? Or Joshua? Or Amos?” See, if there is one main thing (which there have been many things I have learned) that I have learned doing this website it would be that God has a reason for including everything, even if it is a tiny little reference to one thing. If God put it in His Word then it is useful!
Now, exactly why God tells us that demons and gods are related . . . that is an interesting question.
See, God was very adamant about letting us know that idols are not animate. They cannot move, see, hear or do anything to effect the lives of those whom they were worshipped by. They were utterly useless.
Yet, nowhere in the Bible do we hear God saying that the gods can not move, see, hear or do anything for their people. In fact, as we have seen with the study of the Egyptian gods, the Bible says quite the opposite. It would seem that the Bible makes a great argument for the theory that gods are really demons.
Now, whether or not all gods are related to a demon is a little deeper than the Bible goes but, in my opinion I would say most, if not all, main gods are backed up with a demon to influence belief.
Well, right now you are probably still wondering why it is all important. For me, I believe every Christian should know this about gods.
See, if Christians were able to recognize that there is a real, living thing behind the major gods people believe in, like Allah or the multiple gods of the LDS, they would realize that these gods have an actual hold on humans.
If the gods are just inanimate, fake things people believe in, then Christians need not worry about them when they preach the Gospel. However, if those gods really are based on demons . . . then we are dealing with something that could be described as demon worship! That changes the outlook of how you might witness to someone.
Imagine if we could know and preach by knowing that the gods people believe, worship and “sacrifice” to are really demons in disguise! Imagine how our approach on witnessing would change. I know it has already changed my outlook.