As Paul speaks of false teachers, he brings up two famous false teachers in Jewish history. Interestingly, these were not Jewish teachers before the Israelites, but Egyptian magicians. The pair opposed Moses as he was telling the Egyptian Pharaoh to recognize God’s authority and to free the Israelite slaves. Their is an important motif at play in this example. The Israelites, like us, were enslaved to an oppressive presence. God’s wish was to free them, but neither the Pharaoh nor Israel believed his authority. It was only proven during a battle between the three prophets where Moses’ magic proved stronger. Even then, it took this, and ten plagues to finally release the slaves. And after that, they were pursued into Pharaoh’s demise. This endless pursuit is like the world and Satan’s pursuit of us. He will never let go, even into his own demise. The generation that came out of slavery ultimately died wishing they had never left it. Only their children benefitted from God’s mercy. As teachers, we must remember what we are up against. The difficulty in getting out of our own Egypt, the endless pursuit by the forces of evil, the ungrateful and unrepentant attitude of those who manage to escape it… this must all be considered. But it must also be considered that this led Israel, as a nation to it’s Promised land. This land became the cradle for the birth of our Messiah. In ministry, we must see the whole picture.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts