Exodus 10.7, 21 NIV
“Pharaoh’s officials said to him, ‘How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship the LORD their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt is ruined?’
“Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness will spread over Egypt — darkness that can be felt.’”
Have you ever argued from a position that you knew was wrong? You dug a conversational hole and a superior debater pushed you in. To ‘save face,’ you became committed to the defense of your premise no matter how foolish it sounded, even to you. It’s not a pleasant place, but it can be a learning place; a place of change and growth, if you're willing.
The ninth plague of Egypt, “darkness that can be felt,” describes the spiritual condition of people who, like Pharaoh, defend themselves at all costs, even when they know they are wrong. These proud and misguided souls confuse stubbornness with conviction. ‘Felt darkness’ surrounds them.
Change, for a stubborn man is painful, especially when it requires him to sacrifice his sacred viewpoints, treasured opinions, and sense of self on the altar of the greater good of family, church, community, or nation. But to do otherwise guarantees a “darkness that can be felt” by him and others.
People caught in the web of sexual addiction cannot easily face the truth. Denial is accompanied by an endless stream of pointless self-rhetoric, pathetic excuses, empty apologies, meaningless promises, and false repentance. Addicts become adept at lying, first to themselves, and then to others. They are blinded by the lengthening shadow of sin and soon engulfed by a “darkness that can be felt.”
Pharaoh should have relented when Moses first said, “Let my people go” (Exodus 5.1). After eight serious plagues Pharaoh knew better, but pride kept him from bowing before his Maker and his Maker’s spokesman. Like the leader of Egypt, the typical addict would rather destroy his home than submit to the God of Moses.
God requires of us exactly what He required of Pharaoh...
“...humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God…” 1st Peter 5.6
Are you losing the battle of sexual temptation? Have you failed more times than you can count? Can you feel the impending darkness? Humble yourself before God. Run to the light Jesus offers.
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The image "Dark mind, hands of light !" is used here by permission of Italian born photographer Felice de Sena Micheli who re-composed the original by photographer, Alessandro Villa.