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DOCTRINE QUESTION 120

QUESTION 120 How is it that  the magicians of Egypt did the same miracles that Moses did? (Exod. 7:22)

ANSWER: First, they did not do the same miracles. They only did two out of ten, which is a very low score.
    Pharaoh and the Egyptians were very wicked and set against  God. They had their own “gods” (Exod.12: 12) It was time for God’s judgment on them and His deliverance of His people. He accomplishes both of these in the ten plagues.  He did not give the magicians power, but allowed them to duplicate the first two miracles, by their own occultish power.  They were all under His permission and in His purposes.   He was in control.
    In Exod. 8:18,19 under the 3rd plague of the lice, they could not do it. They understood why. They said, “this is the finger of God.”  They no longer had God’s permission to do more. He allowed them to do two to showed His sovereign power in stopping them on the third.  His purpose was to show them that He was the LORD (Exod. 7:5) 
    These ten plagues is one of the greatest display of God’s sovereignty over all the universe.  He even uses the demons for His purposes.1 Samuel 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.  The verse means that God allowed that spirit to trouble Saul. The same as He allowed Satan to afflict Job. (Job 1:12.)  The same sovereign power was displayed when He had ravens feed a prophet twice a day. 1 Kings 17:4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.  He used a donkey to speak to a prophet when there was nobody else available. Numbers 22:28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? 
    So, when God wanted to judge Egypt and deliver Israel He used Moses and the ten plages and allowed the magicians to use a little bit of their power to show that He was the all-powerful God.  Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
    There are some things God cannot do. He gave man a free will and when it comes to salvation He cannot save a sinner that will not repent and trust His Son who died on the cross to provide salvation for Him.  Are you that sinner that will not repent?  Would you rather repent or perish.?  The issue is whether you want to live forever in heaven or hell. There is no decision in life more important than this.  Deut. 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:   God gives you the choice. The onus in not on Him, but on you. You can never blame God if you end up in hell. He has place the Cross of Christ between you and hell.  It is time your accepted His choice “choose life and live” email me if I can help?

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Updated January 27th, 2014 by Sandra Felix