NO other god

After spending a week at a camp, I was able to read chapter 11 of Antiquity and 16 chapters of John today (not all in one sitting, mind you).

After finishing, I was reminded of God’s “signs” in the Exodus from Egypt. Before the last plague, the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” What the ESV Study Bible points out (and affirms my thought on) is “What is being displayed in judgment on Egypt’s land, animals, people, king, and gods is also revealing to Israel that Yahweh is the only true God of heaven and earth and he is acting on their behalf.” God was showing the Israelites and the Egyptians that he was the one and only God, and that the Egyptian gods weren’t going to fly, literally or figuratively, ha.

Isn’t this similar to what Jesus was doing when his signs took place according to John’s gospel? His signs (possibly somewhat correlated with the plagues; water to blood – water to wine…) were to show that he wasn’t just human, but that he was also indeed 100% God and part of the Trinity. But you might be thinking, “Maybe, but in the Exodus, God called out the Egyptian gods and proved them wrong. How does that connect with Jesus’ signs in John’s gospel?” I’m learning, too, believe me. But maybe, just maybe, these signs were for the Pharisees (and any others) who lived by the law and external acts. When living with this belief and in this lifestyle, don’t we as humans make ourselves gods? We can be legalistic, live by a checklist of our own, and become the god of how to live.

Just like God showed the Egyptians that they were wrong, Jesus did so with any that called him out and considered the law more important and better than him. Jesus wasn’t just showing that he was the Son of God by doing these signs, he was also displaying how he was the Word and how the Word became flesh.

What did 1st century Christians believe when it came to the Trinity? Hoping to stay on topic here, but I didn’t know how many connections there are here with the OT and NT. Just wondering… Thoughts are welcome, please and thank you!


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