‘And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 9 When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent. 10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. 11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. 12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.’ (Exodus 7:8-12)
Imagine if someone came up to you and said, ‘Here’s my stick. Watch me throw it to the ground! It will turn into a snake that will bite you!’ And then, he does it. That is a scary proposition. Are you ready for that? Could you then say to that person, ‘Now watch me throw down MY stick, in the name of the Almighty God, and it will SWALLOW UP YOUR STICK!’?
Under God’s direction, Aaron and Moses were able to do that! (Remember, it was at God’s command, not just theirs). They were able to ‘throw down their stick’ (or rod) and — poof — like magic (but it wasn’t), that ‘stick’ turned into a real snake! It was a powerful snake, ‘full of the Holy Spirit!’ It swallowed up all the snakes of the evil magicians! Praise God!
Can God do that today? Can he make sticks turn into snakes? Would he?
To understand the answer to that question, you need to figure out the answer to the following question: Would Satan? Would Satan do what he did back then, today? If you are ‘wise’ (discerning), I think you will agree that Satan, the mastermind of all that is evil, would not refrain from doing that if he wanted to. He certainly has the power to. Satan can, and would, do that again.
I have a friend that, before he was a Christian, used to use Satan’s power to break glasses sitting on tables. He is today a very humble man (one of the most humble and gentle persons I know). Originally, I found this very shocking! I was a very young Christian at the time that he explained this to me.
‘Yes,’ he said, ‘I used to break glasses sitting on tables. I would be sitting over there, and the glass would be sitting on the table over there, and I would use Satan’s power to cause the glasses to explode! That was before I was a Christian. I’ve renounced that power, now.’
That was the power of sorcery that my friend was using. While he was concentrating on breaking the glass, he was invoking the use of a demon, who would break the glass. Like many, he thought the power was in himself. It was really in the demon, and the demon was making him believe that he alone had those ‘special powers’ to break glasses. The power he had made him feel secure — it was a false sense of security which would surely have led him to hell if God had not intervened, and if someone had not been praying for him. Fortunately, for him, God rescued him from that deception, for that way leads to death and destruction!
This then being the case, could not God challenge something like this today? Yes, I think God would challenge it. In fact, God does challenge it. God challenged my friend, and he became a Christian. He recognized that there was a much higher ‘power’ than the power he was invoking, namely, the power of the Holy Spirit. Today, my friend is a Spirit-filled, Bible-believing, God-fearing, Christian!
Back in the days of Moses and Aaron, God challenged the Egyptians and their magicians through these two men, demonstrating with boldness that he is the TRUE God, who has authority over all magic tricks and whatnot. Why do you suppose God told Moses to tell Aaron to throw down his stick? It was because Satan was already doing the same types of ‘tricks’, even before God commanded Moses to do so. In other words, you see, these Egyptian magicians, well, they were so-called ‘pros’ already at doing this type of thing. God knew that. Only, their way was the ‘counterfeit way.’
When God told Moses to tell Aaron to throw down his stick so that it would turn into a snake, God was just ‘gearing Moses and Aaron up’ to challenge what had gone unchallenged for so long — the witchcraft that the evil magicians were impressing their people with. Today, we are seeing some people do some ‘impressive’ things, but not in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
God’s snake would SWALLOW UP those of the Egyptian magicians! God was preparing Moses and Aaron for a challenge in the heavenly realm, to prove that he was, and is, the one and only true God. It was ‘the time.’ It was the time for God to act.
Could God, then, do that today? Yes, he could, and he would, if we were dealing with sticks that people were turning into snakes with Satan’s power. Today, of course, we are not seeing much of that in the west. But we are beginning to see other forms of sorcery show up. And God will challenge that, you can be sure.
Are you ready to be used of God in ways previously thought unimaginable? God is a God of power and strength, and he desires to show the world his power through you, his holy and sanctified vessel. You can make yourself fit for use by humbling yourself in as best a manner as is possible. Please make sure you are holy, and free from sin — that would limit God’s power through you, and prevent you from being used in as mighty a way as God wants to use you.
Cry out to God to use you. And let him do that. Yield to him. Say, ‘God, I am open. I am your vessel. Live in me. Use me. I want to be filled by you and you alone.’ As some put it, ‘Press in to God,’ and ‘Keep pressing in, on a regular, consistent, basis.’
Be open and sensitive to his voice. Expect the ‘impossible’ and begin thinking in the supernatural, rather than natural realm. As Jesus said, ‘Nothing is impossible with God!’