Now the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son’s son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord.” (Exodus 10:1-2)
As events continued to unfold, it became increasingly difficult for Pharaoh and his courtiers to be so presumptuous. The pressure increased as the culmination of God’s judgment upon the gods of Egypt drew near and, in the end, Pharaoh and all of Egypt would know that the LORD is God. It is also fair to say that the plagues upon Egypt would have the same effect upon Israel — they, too, would know that He is the LORD.
It would seem that there were many among His people who lacked the proper faith in God. They certainly knew about Him but did they really know Him? According to Scripture, only at the crossing of the Red Sea would they truly display faith:
“And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.” (Exodus 14:31)
Yet when they did see these “mighty things” God performed on their behalf, it had an enduring effect. The Exodus generation would bear witness of the wonderful things that God had performed to ensuing generations. In other words, their understanding of the Almighty would not be based on what their elders had passed along to them — they would be the ones to tell others of what they witnessed first hand. Hence, the phrase, “And you will KNOW that I am the LORD.”
Being witnesses of our Father and His Son is one of our primary duties. This was the call that was given to Israel as a nation and it was the charge presented to Messiah’s disciples. As His witnesses we are to testify of what we have seen, heard and learned of the Almighty to our children and their children. In turn they propagate the truth to those who follow them and so it fulfills what was the Psalmist wrote: “I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever (Psalm 45:17). So, today, make it a point to bear witness to someone of what the Father has done for you and your family. You just might be planting a seed in someone who will affect many others and those of future generations.
Blessings and Shalom,