Moses & the gods of Egypt- INTRO 2
By Richard Lodwick
Pharaoh was the official title borne by the Egyptian kings down to the time when that country was conquered by the Greeks. The name is a compound, as some think, of the words Ra, the “sun” or “sun-god,” and the article phe, “the,” prefixed; hence phera, “the sun,” or “the sun-god.” Rome later used the word “vicar.”
To repeat something here, it was by the direct, face to face, confrontation with Pharaoh, wise men, & the false gods, that God brought about the deliverance of His people. God’s signs, wonders, and great judgments. would harden Pharaoh’s prideful heart It was ALL in contrast to those false gods! And, God would soon give an entirely different worship system to His people!
I would like to briefly point out that in many pictures of the hieroglyphics and art of those times, still in existence, one will see the combining of animals (those of worship) with humans, especially the Pharaoh’s. Animal heads had human bodies and animal bodies had human heads. The sphinx is a great example of the head of a Pharaoh, which bore the head dress in the likeness of a cobra snake head, on the body of what appears to be a lion! Note: That wide flared head dress of the Pharaoh was to represent the head of the cobra snake, which was sacred!
To close this lesson read closely the following:
And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land. And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them. Ex 7:1-5
Do see the confrontation brewing? Here is a peasant, slave leader, of a slave people… in the face of the god-son Pharaoh… telling him what he is going to do, and that the true and Living God would MAKE him do it! Wow! It was a war between God… and all the false deities of Pharaoh and Egypt…. and judgment on both… by God!