Unmasking Egypts Magicians
Now the magicians of Egypt....cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents. Exodus 7:11,12
When I was young, I often wondered how the magicians of Egypt could make snakes out of their rods in the presence of Pharaoh like Aaron had done. I knew God had divinely commissioned His ambassadors to perform a miracle, but were those on Satans side permitted special demonic power to do the same? Perhaps in reproducing some of the plagues they were, but I dont think that was true in this case. Commentators say that serpents engraved on Egyptian monuments have the appearance of an Irish-thorn cane, with the head turned over the body as a handle. From this they conclude that the magicians knew how to paralyze a snake by putting pressure on the back of its neck so that it would become rigid. The sorcerers used these reptiles as walking sticks. The people would stare in amazement when they threw these canes on the ground, for with the pressure released, the snakes would begin to crawl away. Then the magicians would seize the serpents and pinch their neck nerves, and they again became paralyzed and stiff.
Prior to the account in Exodus 7, Moses had been told to take his staff, which through Gods power had become a serpent, and hold it not by the neck but “by the tail” to turn it into a rod (Ex. 4:4). Assuming that Aaron did the same thing in Pharaohs presence, it would be obvious that his act was a true miracle and not trickery.
The devils followers are still using deception, and they counterfeit Gods power to gain attention. Because “many false prophets are gone out into the world” (I John 4:1), beware lest they trick you. -H.G.B.
O Let us learn from Thy blest Word
Base error to discern,
And by Thy Spirits light and help
From Satans snares to turn.
THOT: Error often comes dressed in the garment of truth.