As you read Exodus Chapter 5 you have seen the the Almighty God send his men (Moses and Aaron) to a powerful enemy (Pharoah and Egypt). Basically, they ask nicely to be let go so they can worship their God. We learn a few lessons about evil from the response of Pharoah:
1. Rarely does evil respond to niceties. Pharoah believed there was no-one more powerful than him and that he was in control. Evil has a way of believing that until proven otherwise. Note to self - this does not give us license to be a jerk when not getting our way from other people. It is one thing for God to bring about judgment...when you and I try to do it we become the evil ones.
2. When challenged, evil will try and get a better grip on the situation. Pharoah reacts to these requests by making the people work even harder. Maybe they won't have time to dream of rescue. Maybe they will see his power and forget about God's power. This is a very effective tactic today as our enemy uses addiction, greed and so many other issues to keep us from seeing the light of God's deliverance.
3. Evil/Satan does have substantial power and that power is greatly increased when we sell ourselves out to it. Egypt had maintained ownership and control over Israel for 400 years. That doesn't just go away. The longer we stay controlled by evil/sin the more difficult it is for us to get out of it and the more fight it gives to keep us.
However, I have some good news about evil. It is ultimately defeated. How you ask? Jesus defeated evil for good by showing His ultimate power over it.
Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested. (Hebrews 2:14-18 NLT)
In what way does evil have power in your life?
Have you been trying to defeat it on your own?
Will you trust the power of God through His One and Only Son Jesus Christ to break this power in your life?