January 6, 2019

Deceptive “False Wonders” – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. (Exodus 7:12)

Magicians go back a long way in the history of mankind. Man has been aspiring to be like God since the Garden of Eden. The desire to have an audience ooh and awe is certainly not new nor unfamiliar today. These magicians were con men, who had apparently convinced Pharaoh that their supernatural power was superior to the representatives of any Israelite God. Paul does tell us of the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness…” (II Thessalonians 2:10). However, on this occasion, while we are not given all the details we may desire, I believe there is good reason to believe they had no supernatural power (demonic or otherwise). I acknowledge that I am influenced by my experience performing as a magician in my younger days. I am very much aware of the amazing deception that can be produced, all perfectly natural. The purpose of the power given to Moses was to provide persuasive evidence that the message from Moses and Aaron was from the only real God. Those who claimed similar credentials, with a different message were frauds. Neither men nor demons can really create life; this is a prerogative of God alone, who “created every living creature.” (Genesis 1:21) However, human magicians can effectively deceive people into thinking that they can do what God alone can do.

It is interesting to notice that when their fraudulent performance was over, nothing was left. Even their rods (not “serpents”) were gone. Aaron’s supernaturally produced genuine serpent had made a meal of them. This was a true miracle of creation. Aaron’s God had transmuted the dead atoms of a wooden stick (just as He later made it to produce blossoms and almonds, Numbers 17:8) into a living serpent, capable of consuming other sticks that only appeared to be serpents.

The deception of the magicians was unmistakably revealed when, later, they were unable provide an imitation of Moses’ miracle of turning dust into lice throughout the land of Egypt.

“The magicians tried with their secret arts to bring forth gnats, but they could not; so there were gnats on man and beast. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, ‘This is the finger of God.'” (Exodus 8:18-19).

Egypt’s greatest experts of deception would know. This was not like their deception. The evidence was so convincing, that even the professionally dishonest admitted, this is really from God. And, by implication, “Our performance is not the finger of God.” Wow! That’s powerful evidence.

Interestingly, many scientists believed for many centuries that a similar phenomena—which they called “spontaneous generation”— occurred naturalistically. “Maggots appeared on rotting meat, so this is how maggots originate.” They believed microbes would naturally develop in milk from nothing. These foolish notions were scientifically demolished, demonstrated to be false by Pasteur and Redi over a hundred years ago. They were Creationists who understood that life only comes from life, which only comes from God. They understood that only the living God can create life!
The miracle of Aaron’s rod can also be viewed as an amazing antitype, an occurrence in the Old Testament that foreshadows the type, the reality fulfilled in the New Testament. Aaron’s rod of life took on the nature of the serpent, just as Christ was made sin for us (II Corinthians 5:21). But then it swallowed up the other serpent-rods, and the sting of “that old serpent” was put away. Thus, “death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting?” (I Corinthians 15:54-55). Only the real God can foresee and plan in this way.

“I am God, and there is none like me, who announces the end from the beginning and reveals beforehand what has not yet occurred, who says, ‘My plan will be realized…” (Isaiah 46:9-10)

Several of these thoughts were adapted from ideas

expressed by Henry Morris

 

 

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