Read: Exodus 7-12
Yes, it is a "long" read, but c'mon-- you're read more news articles and Reddit pages or rants on Facebook that are longer than those chapters. You can do it!
I won't summarize the plagues for you here, because I really do want you to go and read that passage. It is important for the follower of Jesus to be studying the Scripture diligently. As you're reading, make note of the plauges:
Plague 1: _____
Plague 2: ______
Plague 3: ______
Did you know that each of the plagues are literal (actually happened), but also symbolic (for a purpose)? This section is known widely as the "Battle of the Gods." For example: One of the gods in Egypt is centered around Sun-worship, Ra. What does God do to the sun? And ultimately, Pharaohs are worship as gods in Egypt. How does the God of Moses (Yahweh) challenge Pharaoh in the last plague?
This should be a helpful guide to navigate between the plagues/gods of Egypt. Check it out!
Ok. Fast forward to the world today. Who/What would you say we "worship" today?
Is it not science? Is it not self-dependence on our accomplishments? Don't people say that "science doesn't show that there is a god" so therefore, that must be the truth? Don't people laugh at prayer because we are "advanced" and have modern medicine? Don't people say that we have "evolved" from "primitive" ideas of god because we have explained all those "phenomenons" with science? Isn't science the meter used to validate/invalidate religion?
...and do you think God is going to sit down and mope because He got defeated by this new "god" called "Science"? I don't want to make it sound like Christians cannot believe in science or that science and religion are somehow opposites of each other. Theology is the study of the Creator and science is the study of His Creation. Without God, there is no science. The problem arises when we idolize ourselves in thinking that we are in large and in charge due to our own knowledge of science.
God declares boldly in Isiah 42:8,
Yahweh will not share His glory with others.I am the Lord; that is my name;my glory I give to no other,nor my praise to carved idols.
- worship and praise Him because He is still God
- pray that this will drive people to their knees in prayer and repentance
- pray that the church stays on a unified front regardless of political stance or personal beliefs about this virus. May we not get caught up in the drama of the world-- let them fight/scream/accuse/judge/bicker.