“For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike 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.” (Exodus 12:12)
The Almighty makes it clear that He, and not an angel, is the One executing judgment upon the gods of Egypt. There was not a single deity of Egypt that was not represented by some kind of bird or beast — in other words something that the LORD God created. By saying, “I am the LORD” He asserted His authority over any and all that were given or dared to claim the title of “god.” The Eternal One proved that He alone was God and the things worshiped by the Egyptians were merely created beings, just as they were.
The steps that were taken by God were engineered to demonstrate that He is the LORD — He is the Eternal and Almighty One. This same message is a recurring theme in the Scripture and will continue to be as long as mankind continues in belligerence toward the Creator. Today the gods of man are not necessarily embodied in the images of birds and beasts but humanity, nevertheless, venerates things which are not worthy of worship. Whether money, power or influence, anything that is more esteemed than our Father will, in time, be humbled. He will, yet again, execute judgment against the nothing gods of this world and demonstrate that He alone is the LORD.
As His people, we are to live our lives in a way that makes that point to those we engage from day to day. As His ambassadors we are to bear witness that He — and He alone — is the LORD. That means we should not have anything in our lives that rises above our respect and love for our Heavenly Father. If we do, it will be apparent to others; likewise, if we do not allow this in our life, it will be apparent to others — and to Him. What we do and don’t do testifies of what and who we respect and revere. May it always be that our words and deeds bring glory unto the one, true God.
Blessings and Shalom,