How to Deceive and Dominate God’s People — Part 1

March 18, 2018 by  
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Read Exodus 1:6-20

The experience of the Israelites in their Exodus from Egypt dominates the skyline of Old Testament history. It towers over and forms the basic referential paradigm in the minds of Israel for all time to come. All future history is understood in the light of that event. As a consequence, this deliverance becomes the biblical pattern for all future deliverances. In fact, the Exodus imagery is the most widely used type or picture of salvation in the New Testament.

In the typology of scripture, Egypt represents the world system and the Egyptian Pharaoh is a type of Satan, the ruler over that system. The policy the Pharaoh used to attempt to keep the children of Israel in bondage is right out of Satan’s handbook on How to Deceive and Dominate God’s People. This procedure is still the most frequently used and most successful tactic of Satan against God’s people. It involves three steps:

 (1) He Blinds Us to the Truth of our Actual Identity as God’s Chosen People– (Deception) Exodus 1:6-8

(2)  He Burdens Us with Afflictions so that We Lose Sight of Our Royal Destiny — (Domination) — Exodus 1:11-13

(3) He Bullies Us by Controlling Our Fruitfulness So We are Robbed of Our Generational Authority — Exodus 1:15-17, 23 (Destruction)

First, Satan Blinds Us to the Truth of our Actual Identity as God’s Chosen People– (Deception) Exodus 1:6-8

“Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. (7) But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them. (8) Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.

Three thousand years ago, Egypt was the most powerful nation on the earth, and the ruler, or Pharaoh, was the unrivaled and incredibly powerful monarch of that nation. In fact, he was viewed as belonging to the realm of the gods — he was the divine ruler. His word was law. Powerful armies were under his control and immense power and wealth was his. This makes him a good type or picture of Satan and the world system he directs.

Four hundred years had passed since Joseph had arranged for his father Jacob and 70 others to come to live in Egypt. In spite of the rapid population explosion and prosperity, the children of Israel had as a whole rejected what light their forefathers had been given and had embraced darkness, thus becoming prisoners of a foreign power.

Satan Uses Part of the Truth to Sell His Package of Lies — The first work of Satan was in the capacity of a Deceiver.

2 Corinthians 11:3, “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

2 Corinthians 11:13-15, “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

If you could have visited the children of Israel in Egypt and heard their story as to why they were in the bondage they were in, you would conclude that they had been deceived and in their deception, I think three things would have stood out:

(1) They had Embraced the Deception of Conflicting Interpretations – Their response to our questions of why they thought they were in such bondage might have come in the form of  more questions: “Does God still work miracles today like he did with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Are the promises given to the previous generations available to us? Do we have the same access to God that they did? Is our bondage a blessing from God and we must just grin and bear it, or can we cry out for liberation and live in its hope?”

Need I remind you that those same questions are found frequently on the lips of Christians who find themselves overwhelmed and feeling enslaved to circumstances and situations. There is the tendency to feel that others in previous ages had advantages that we do not have and life is just not fair! Then there are all the various theological positions that we are given that have so many different interpretations.

(2) They had Embraced the Deception of Complacent IndifferenceExodus 1:7 — “…when the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them,” — it was easy to become indifferent toward their history and heritage.

(3) They had Embraced the Deception Chosen Ignorance — Often times it’s easier and more comfortable to live in the darkness of ignorance than in the light of truth. Why? Because light exposes and makes demands.

The Israelites had developed an attitude like that of the desert nomad who was awakened one night by the growls of his hungry stomach and decided he’d have a midnight snack. Lighting a candle, he grabbed a date and took a bite. Holding the date to the candle, he saw a worm, whereupon he threw the date out of the tent. Biting into the second date, he found another worm and threw it away, also. Deciding he might not get anything to eat if this continued, he blew out the candle and ate the dates.

The enemy will keep us in the dark about our identity, destiny, and victory and teach us to accept defeat for so long that we can’t remember when it was any different. We embrace defeat as the norm for so long that we are constantly suspect of victory.

Satan’s limited control is mounted and maintained by the power of one basic idea: God doesn’t have a good heart.

Though it seems almost incomprehensible, Satan, deceived a multitude of the heavenly host by sowing the seed of doubt in their minds that God was somehow holding out on them. After the insurrection is squelched, that question lingers in the universe like smoke from a forest fire. Sure, God won, but it took force to do it. Power isn’t the same thing as goodness. As the lead actor in the story, God seems gen­erous and self-giving, but perhaps He’s just big and bullies His will and way through! Maybe his motive is simply to be in charge.

At the beginning of creation God placed Adam and Eve into an ideal situation. They moved into the Garden of Eden with brilliant minds, hearts inclined toward God without the inward pull of sin, and disease free bodies. Placed in crime-free, environmentally perfect, and economically need-free surroundings, they were given a simple assignment with super-abundant provisions, and only one prohibition.

Yet on their honeymoon, they sneaked off for a rendezvous with a perfect stranger? Adam and Eve kicked off the honeymoon by sleeping with the enemy. Then comes one of the most poignant verses in all Scripture. “What is this you have done?” (Gen. 3:13). You can almost hear the shock, the pain of betrayal in God’s voice. The fall of Adam and Eve into sin must not be pictured as a crime like theft, but as a betrayal of love. In love, God creates us for love and we give Him the back of our hand. Why? Satan gets us to side with him by sowing the seed of doubt in our first parents’ minds: “God’s heart really isn’t good. He’s holding out on you. You’ve got to take things into your own hands.”

There are many forms of deception, but they all are designed to seduce the heart of the child of God from its true Lover.

  My Zimbio

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