“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them.
“That you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.
“I’ve also done it so you can tell your children and grandchildren about how I made a mockery of the Egyptians and about the signs I displayed among them—and so you will know that I am the Lord.”Exodus 10:1-2
This week’s Bible reading opens with God telling Moses to go to Pharoah and ask him to free the Israelites, even though Pharoah will refuse. He will refuse no matter how obvious it is that he should give in.
So Moses is basically putting on a show. And God tells him that part of the reason for the show is that in the future, well after the evil occultists have been defeated, future generations will learn “how I made a mockery of the Egyptians, and so you will know that I am the Lord.”
We learn from this that in order to defeat an enemy, it is not enough to militarily conquer them. It is also necessary to destroy their spirit. There is no more effective way to do that than to turn the public narrative against them, to the point where they are a common object of derisive laughter.
One could say that mockery is a way of killing someone symbolically.
It’s payback for the way that Pharoah mocked God. In Exodus 5:2, confronted with Moses and Aaron, who had come to ask in God’s name for the slaves to be freed, he responded:
“Who is the LORD that I should heed Him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go.”Exodus 5:2
It frequently happens that people who tell the truth are mocked derisively, and their message dismissed.
For example, in the hit movie “Don’t Look Up,” Jennifer Lawrence plays a Ph.D. candidate who discovers that a comet is close to hitting Planet Earth. When she tries to tell people, she is mocked. Though 100% right, her message is discounted.https://www.youtube.com/embed/b5DAaTeOZXU?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparent
Of course, evil people frequently make fun of those who believe in God and try to spread God’s word. The purpose isn’t to tell jokes, but to bow down to Satan, and use “humor” to cut off our souls from Him.
Know that God will make a mockery of those people.
They will be remembered forever, but not in the way that they wanted.
By Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain. Free photo via Pexels.