Exodus 7:9, “When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘Work a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.'” Why didn’t YHVH tell Moses to throw down his staff? If serpents are a representation of the fall of humankind into sin Moses staff had previously been transformed from sin to YHVH’s power and glory with a demonstration of hasatan being put under his feet; YHVH used Aaron’s staff to demonstrate the power of His presence in the physical realm while Moses’ staff was used by YHVH to demonstrate His power in the Spirit realm. YHVH is using hasatan to smite Pharaoh by using the serpent in Aaron’s staff to destroy the god’s of Egypt. The first three demonstrations of YHVH’s power are met match for match by the magicians of Pharaoh’s court and Pharaoh is not impressed with the Elohe of the Israelites. Exodus 8:15, “But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not listen to them, as the LORD had said.” Yahovah provides us with opportunities to repent, to seek His face, turn from our wicked ways and pray; but if we harden our heart He will turn up the “heat” to get our attention.
The better thing is to do what is recorded of King Solomon in 1Kings 3:11-12, God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice, behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart…” Just walk in My ways! Yashua is the way, the truth and the life… He says to seek first My Father’s kingdom and His righteousness… That He came to give us life, in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over life! Eat of Me and live! What more could we possibly want?
But sadly many of us are like the prodigal son; we leave YHVH to “enjoy” the deceptive fruits of this present age. Is this a possible fore-telling for our world? Luke 15:14, “Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished.” Do we have to become impoverished before we remember YHVH, the source of ALL life?