Behold Your God
Rod’s and Serpents
(Note: This chapter is continuous to the book but with different pagination from this point on)
This chapter will be devoted to the study of what really happened in Egypt. Of necessity, it will be a radical departure from the traditionally accepted concept. But it will be in harmony with the life and teachings of Christ, the principles of God’s character, and God’s eternal upholding of His sacred law.
By sending Moses and Aaron to enact the parable of the rods and the serpents, God detailed before Pharaoh exactly what was about to transpire. The Lord would have spelled it out in words, but the monarch’s mind was so darkened by sin that it was necessary to tell it in the clearest possible way—in pictorial form.
Millions of other darkened minds since, have failed to read correctly the message God sent to the king that day. It has been almost universally read as the ultimatum of an all-powerful executioner, who had come to personally administer His judgments.
But, “God does not stand toward the sinner as an executioner of
the sentence against transgression; but He leaves the rejectors of His
mercy to themselves, to reap that which they have sown.” The Great
Correctly read, this was the message delivered to the haughty monarch. God had ever looked with saving love upon the land of Egypt. It was not alone for the salvation of Israel that Joseph had been kidnapped to the southern kingdom. It was that Egypt might also hear the tender voice of mercy.
Joseph was a type of Christ. Both were betrayed by their brethren,
sold for twenty pieces of silver, had no record of sin written in the Bi-
ble against them, and, finally, were the saviours of their own nation.
“The sin of the Egyptians was that they had refused the light which God had so graciously sent to them through Joseph.” SDA Bible Commentary 1:1098.
Christ did not come to save Israel alone, but the whole world. Therefore, as a true type of Christ, Joseph’s mission was to bring salvation to the world, not just to his own family.
In the mysterious dreams given by God to the king and in the mar-
velous interpretations given by Joseph, the Egyptian ruler recog-
nized the voice and power of God and obeyed the directions of the
King of kings.
That obedience resulted in Egypt not only being saved from starvation, but also in her becoming the wealthiest nation on the face of the globe. They prospered beyond imagination.
Such prosperity is the natural outworking of obedience to the
laws of God’s kingdom. Any study of the church’s history will show
that whenever the people of God obeyed Him, they were wonderful-
ly blessed with prosperity in health, knowledge, power, and wealth.
This is the outworking of following out the law of self-sacrificing
service, the principle of receiving so that more can be given.
The continuing and despairing tragedy of mankind is the swift forgetfulness of the principles of righteousness which had elevated them in every way. Initially, the basis of their security lay in their complete faith in God. It was a faith so deep and firm that it enabled them to give all they had to meet the need of the moment, and know that God would provide for tomorrow.
No better illustration of this faith can be found than the widow
of Sarepta. When Elijah came to her, she had only enough flour and
oil to make a last cake for her son and herself. Beyond that, death
was the only prospect. When the need of God’s cause was present-
ed before her—and how essential to that cause the life of Elijah
was—she unhesitatingly gave all the food to him, with simple con-
fidence in the promise that her own need would be supplied.
This kind of faith is the basis of that self-sacrificing love which
brings great prosperity to God’s people. But, as material posses-
sions accumulate, little by little they displace faith in God as the
basis of security. It is always so much easier to believe in money in
the bank, a good solid house, and a prosperous farm or business
which you can see, than in a distant God whom you cannot see.
It is not that faith has been lost. It has simply been transferred from the God of the gifts to the gifts themselves. This is not an instantaneous thing. It is a slow metamorphosis, so gradual as to be imperceptible except to those on guard against it. But, in direct proportion to its development, is an increasing desire to amass wealth to strengthen this material security base, and the corresponding drying up of the spirit of self-sacrifice.
Increasingly, the gifts of God are devoted to selfish pleasure, un-
til selfishness becomes the dominating force in the life. The person
or movement which began so richly in God’s service, comes to deny
the principles of righteousness. As the years pass, they will go on
from this point to develop into the full stature of the man of sin.
Step by step they thereby remove themselves from the protecting circle of God’s love until they stand fully exposed to Satan’s malice. So it was with the Egyptians.
While God was working only for their salvation, Satan master-
minded a plot for their total destruction. He knew he could touch
neither them nor the Israelites while they remained obedient to
So he worked with unflagging diligence to turn the eyes of Egypt
to their marvelous, God-given prosperity, diverting their attention
from the God who had blessed them to the blessing received from
God. As usual, he was successful. Egypt became proud, self-confi-
dent, self-serving, and oppressive. This led to their becoming task-
masters over the Israelites through whom all their blessings had
Thus Satan engineered a situation wherein the Israelites were not able to serve God fully except at the direct cost of their lives. The daily sacrificial system ceased, the Sabbath was hardly kept, if at all, and the people became degraded in sin.
This was just as Satan wanted it, for he knew that once he had led Egypt into the full practice of self-service and therefore of utter rejection of God, they would move outside the circle of God’s mercy and would be in his destructive power.
As generation after generation of Egyptians descended more
deeply into the mire of abandoned iniquity, Satan saw the day
drawing nearer when there would be none of God’s protection left.
He exulted in the increasing depravity of the Israelites, for this
meant they had less and less of God’s protection also.
Plotting every move with calculated care, he proposed to involve the land of Egypt in a destructive cataclysm of such proportions as to exterminate every Israelite, thus certifying that the Redeemer would never be born. If this necessitated obliterating every Egyptian as well, Satan would not hesitate.
It must be emphasized that, as the day of Egypt’s doom approached, God did not wish to withdraw His protective presence from them. They were taking themselves outside it. They were making it impossible for God to remain.
Meanwhile Satan was marshalling destructive forces in an attack ring around the whole nation. All it needed now was for the Egyptians to make the final dismissal of God from His position as Protector, for the plagues to begin.
At this point, a quick review of the original creation and the in-
trusion of sin will clarify the situation which had developed.
As an act of infinite, inexpressible love, God purposed to give life to the human family. The equally infinite wisdom of God saw that
life without a home in which to live would be misery, for no one could
enjoy being perpetually suspended in supercold, utterly dark space.
Thus wisdom and love gave birth to this beautiful planet. But it
was not yet enough. No such home could be fully effective without
the necessary powers of sun, gravity, and others outside of man, and
the wonderful powers within him.
These are God’s mighty powers which He gave to His beloved children and they must be distinguished from the powers which are in Him as a Person.
But there is, by nature, a problem with these powers. While given only for blessing, they have in them the potential for destruction. To remove that possibility is to take away the power itself, so that then, was no solution.
To solve the problem, God gave man the love gift of the law. While they related themselves to, and used those powers according to law, they lived in perfect safety, but the moment they cast aside the law as their saviour, those mighty powers God had put into nature were turned into a terror of destruction.
It would be well if every person on the earth were to know that all
nature, from the instant Adam and Eve rejected the law as their sav-
iour, is deranged and poised to collapse into all-obliterating devas-
The reason it has not done so is because “The instant man ac-
cepted the temptations of Satan, and did the very things God had
said he should not do, Christ, the Son of God, stood between the liv-
ing and the dead, saying, ‘Let the punishment fall on Me. I will
stand in man’s place. He shall have another chance.’” SDA Bible
When man rejected the law as his saviour, then God gave Himself
to be the Saviour. Ever since the fall in Eden, Christ by His person-
al power has been holding under control that fearsome wrath all
Should sinful, defiant, desperate men during any period of histo-
ry, make a total rejection of that Saviour, then they dismiss Christ
from His post, His restraining power is removed, and the flood of
death pours upon the unprotected. God, in it all, has gone the sec-
ond mile and beyond. It is sinful man who finally puts God in a po-
sition where there is nothing more that He can do.
If everyone upon this earth understood and believed the truth of
these words, with what diligence would they return to God and
watch with care that they remained under His pavilion of protection.
But the Egyptians neither understood nor believed this. They
were unthankful, self-sufficient, self-centered, self-reliant, and
self-serving. They deemed they had no need of God and were even
superior to Him. They had advanced from one depth of wickedness
to even greater, and had come to the point of making the final dis-
missal of Christ from their world.
It was now that Moses and Aaron appeared with the rods. This was
God’s last love message to the haughty king. It was a futile attempt
to explain to him the principles laid out above. The message was giv-
en in the simplest possible form—pictorially, in an acted parable.
The symbols God used were Moses, Aaron, the rods, and the ser-
Moses was the representative and symbol of God. He portrayed before the monarch, God’s role in the coming time of terrible trouble. This is certified in God’s own words. “‘So the Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet.’” Exodus 7:1.
Moses had not become God. By no means could this be true. He was still Moses, but he portrayed God’s role to Pharaoh. He demonstrated God’s behavior and appealed to the rebel to recognize and accept the petition of love being presented to him.
The rod in the hand of Aaron who held it on Moses’behalf, was the symbol of the powers God had given to mankind for his blessing, which, because of sin, were poised to destroy, but which, because of Christ’s interposition, still remained in God’s hands and under His control. It is directly referred to as the “rod of power” which had been given him. See Patriarchs and Prophets, 396.
The importance of distinguishing between the powers which God
had given to man and the powers of God Himself, was mentioned
earlier. The distinction is well illustrated by this parable. Allowing
the rod to symbolize the powers given by God to man, it is not diffi-
cult to distinguish between that and the powers in Moses. The rod
of power could be separated from him and pass out of his control and
direction, but not so the powers within him. While he lived, they
were inseparable from him.
So with God. The mighty powers given to mankind can and have passed out of His control, but the powers within Himself can never be separated from Him. This distinction must be clearly seen for the Egyptian incident to be correctly evaluated.
Finally, there was the serpent into which the rod turned. No one will have any difficulty in recognizing the serpent as a symbol of the destroyer.
The symbolism established, we return to the story.
“So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and they did so, just
as the Lord had commanded. And Aaron cast down his rod before
Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent. But
Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magi-
cians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchant-
ments. For every man threw down his rod, and they became ser-
pents. But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. And Pharaoh’s
heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, as the Lord had said.”
As the brothers stood before the king, the rod was held firmly in
Aaron’s hand and was under his personal control. While that rod
remained thus, it never became a serpent. Only when it passed out
of his hands and control did it change and that instantly so. As long
as this situation remained, it continued to be a serpent, but the mo-
ment it returned to his hand it again became a rod.1
With what simple and beautiful clarity, the Lord sought to communicate to Pharaoh the vital truth that at no time whatsoever, while the powers of nature were still in God’s hands and under His control, could they be agents of destruction. Only when out of His hands and control could they be such.
This truth is not limited to those days or to that particular situation. The Lord does not change. Ever since man fell, till today and beyond to the final annihilation at the end of the thousand years, the truth revealed in the rods and the serpents is the same. Never while the powers of man and nature are in God’s hands and control, can they be destroyers. That is impossible.
1 It is clear from the Scriptures that Aaron held, threw down, and recovered the rod as they stood before Pharaoh. Again it was he who stretched forth the rod for the first three plagues. Later Moses stretched forth the rod himself. But even when Aaron stretched out the rod, he did so only on Moses’ behalf and at his direction, therefore, we will refer to Moses’ rod rather than to Aaron’s in the following pages.
This is beautifully illustrated in the experience of Elijah at Horeb.
He had fled from Jezebel in fear and discouragement to take refuge
in a cave.
“And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place;
and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him,
‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’So he said, ‘I have been very zeal-
ous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsak-
en Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets
with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.’ Then
He said, ‘Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ And
behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the
mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the
Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the
Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but
the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So
it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle
and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And suddenly a
voice came to him, and said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’”
Had God been in the wind, that is, had those forces been in His hands and under His control, no storm would have been possible. There would have been only peace and blessing.
Likewise the earthquake and fire were manifestations of great
natural forces turned into agencies of destruction, but they were
not such under God’s control and direction, for He was not in the
earthquake or the fire. Had He been in the mighty powers un-
leashed, there would have been an altogether different result. Firm
ground would have been beneath Elijah instead of the earth roll-
ing like the sea.
The truth that so long as the powers of nature are in God’s hands
and under His control, then they can never break into any form of
destruction, needs to become forever settled in the minds of every
child of God.
This is the message with which God sought to convict and convert
the heart of the king of Egypt. As Moses and Aaron stood there in his
presence, with the rod firmly held in their hands under their direct
and complete control, they portrayed to the wicked ruler a picture of
things as they then stood. This picture showed that, despite the
many decades during which Egypt had sunk into deeper iniquity, the
mighty powers of nature were still under God’s control and direction.
But the time had come when, unless immediate steps were tak-
en in repentance and obedience, the powers of nature would pass
out of God’s hands and from His direct and complete control. In-
stantly, they would then become fearful scourges of destruction,
even as the rod released from Aaron’s hand turned into a serpent.
What those powers did to Egypt while out of God’s hands and con-
trol, were not God’s work or responsibility. He had exhausted ev-
ery possible means to save them from coming to this point.
The king’s response revealed the extent to which self-sufficien-
cy had become his. He simply called in his magicians who threw down their rods. Satan, through witchcraft, made it appear that they were also turned into serpents.
“The magicians did not really cause their rods to become ser-
pents; but by magic, aided by the great deceiver, they were able
to produce this appearance. It was beyond the power of Satan to
change the rods to living serpents. The prince of evil, though pos-
sessing all the wisdom and might of an angel fallen, has not pow-
er to create, or to give life; this is the prerogative of God alone.
But all that was in Satan’s power to do, he did; he produced a
counterfeit. To human sight the rods were changed to serpents.
Such they were believed to be by Pharaoh and his court. There
was nothing in their appearance to distinguish them from the
serpent produced by Moses. Though the Lord caused the real ser-
pent to swallow up the spurious ones, yet even this was regard-
ed by Pharaoh, not as a work of God’s power, but as the result of
a kind of magic superior to that of his servants.” Patriarchs and
This produced a situation where the serpent formed from the
rod separated from the direction and control of God’s servants, was
faced with quite a number of what appeared to be real serpents.
Here was Satan’s and, likewise, Pharaoh’s counter to God’s ap-
peals. Just as God was saying something by producing that one
serpent from the rod, so the apparent turning of many rods into
serpents constituted a counter-message from the powers of dark-
ness. Pharaoh may not have fully understood what he was say-
ing, but the devil who inspired and motivated him certainly did.
Instead of humbly accepting the warning which the Lord gave
them, they answered by saying that they were not concerned if
the Lord did lay down the control of those mighty powers for they
had more than sufficient forces to contain those plagues. Did not
the king have multiplied serpents? What hope did one have
against the many? So, let the Lord release His control. Pharaoh
would not be intimidated into freeing his profitable slaves.
Thus the monarch displayed a terrible and dangerous igno-
rance of the extent and magnitude of the powers which had, to
this point, been held under control by a merciful and loving God.
Knowing nothing of the might of those powers, he was likewise
ignorant of the strength of the God who held them in check.
Therefore, he had no fear, no realization of the awful danger he
was in; no sense of need of God, and no trust in Him.
This is a revelation of self-sufficiency at its very worst. It had
been developing in the king and his kingdom for a very long time
until it had reached this state of maturity. Having rejected any
sense of need of God, the king and his subjects were in effect, and
in fact, rejecting all connection with, and dependence upon Him.
By this means they cut themselves off from God, placing Him in a position from where He could no longer hold the powers connected with the land of Egypt in His hands and under His control. While those forces were so held, they were only a blessing and benefit to the nation, but, when no longer in God’s charge, they could only turn into ravages of destruction.
Filled with an altogether false and grossly exaggerated view of
his own powers, and a terribly deficient concept of the magnitude of
the powers around him, the king was confident that he could easi-
ly handle anything God might release. The sight of his numerous
serpents advancing against one, reinforced that conviction.
It was not possible for the king to have a more misleading or dan-
gerous self-assurance. His puny power could never withstand the
onrush of the mighty forces of nature out of God’s hands, direction,
and control. Such ignorant and foolish thinking in the face of this
loving appeal from God, could only serve to separate him entirely
from God and to place himself outside the circle of God’s protection.
Even though the king rejected God’s call, God did not abandon
him to his errors but continued to seek to save him. To accomplish
this the Lord demonstrated the futility of the king’s forces to con-
tain the powers symbolized by the one serpent. Though to all ap-
pearances hopelessly outnumbered, the one serpent busily swal-
lowed the rest. This was a message saying to the king, if he could
only see it, that no matter how great an effort he might put forth to
hold in check and redirect the forces released against him, he would
be unable to do it. He and his people would be consumed while the
mighty powers remained as undiminished as if they had not been
touched at all.
This was the message brought to him through the rods and the
serpents. It was a message of love designed to soften and save.
Had the great ruler perceived both the message and the spirit of
infinite love in which it was given, he would have quickly confessed
his spirit of rebellion, and his utter helplessness to change his heart
to one of obedience to God. Then, he would have pleaded with Mo-
ses to show him the way of salvation so that he could obey God and
release the Israelites from slavery.
Instead, the king resisted the loving appeals of the Holy Spirit,
who was there to bring home God’s message with convicting power.
By so doing, he took the final step, whereby he placed himself and
his nation outside the limits of God’s protection. Having cast aside
God’s law as his saviour, he now cast aside Christ, the Saviour, too.
There was no more God could do. The control of those assembled
forces of destruction passed out of His hands and the plagues be-
gan. Yet, even so, God’s love for Egypt and His reluctance to see the
people suffer was so great, that He only released His grip as far as
He was compelled to. He could have taken Himself completely away
and left the land to be swamped with all the plagues at once, but in-
stead He went back only one step at a time, each move being forced
upon Him by Pharaoh’s increasing stubbornness. Each successive
withdrawal released from His hands another powerful element of
nature to scourge the Egyptians. The Lord was enabled to leave
them only one step at a time, because the nation was not as fully
hardened against God as Pharaoh.
While Israel was the primary target of Satan’s wrath, the plagues
did not consume them for the simple reason that, even though they
were far from fully righteous, there were at least a goodly number
among them who loved and served God the best they could under
those circumstances. They had not cast aside either the law or
Christ. Consequently Christ, who will always remain Protector
even of sinful, ungrateful men as long as possible, was able to shield
the house of Israel from the successive pestilences.
In the acted parable of the rods and the serpents, God demon-
strated His role in the coming catastrophes. If the king saw the
truth of it, he certainly neither believed nor heeded it. His scorn and
unbelief did not change the certainty that the mighty forces of
sin-deranged nature would punish him and his people. Nor did his
insulting attitude provoke God into taking those forces into His
hands and using them as a personally directed scourge against the
That which devastated them were those forces out of the hands
and control of God. Furthermore, they were taken from His grasp,
not because He had chosen to release them, but because the Egyp-
tians themselves had displaced Him from His position as their
Thus the plagues were not what God did to the Egyptians. They were altogether what they did to themselves.
So it will ever be.
God never changes. He does not do one thing to the sin-cursed
Egyptians and something different to like rejecters of His mercy
in another age or clime. When, at any time or place, nature in a
state of implacable and merciless wrath, savages human life and
lands, it is because those powers have passed out of God’s hands
and control—never because they are instruments in His hands to
Therefore, whenever we are witness to the desolating march of
plague, fire, earthquake, tempest, or pestilence across the land
and are tempted to think God is at work, let us remember the mes-
sage of the rods and the serpents. Then we will know the real truth
of what is happening.
To believe that God forcibly subdued the Egyptians in order to
effect the release of His people, is to level, by implication, a terri-
ble indictment against the Lord. It is to charge Him with deliber-
ately and callously leaving the Jews to suffer for centuries when
they could have been released long before they were.
He who in the possession of omnipotent power, uses it as the
means of executing his will, can do what he wishes when he choos-
es. If this is God’s way as so many suppose, then every day that
the Israelites continued in servitude, was because He chose not to
release them. For centuries, they were ground down in brutal
bondage, all the misery of which would have to be accounted to God
for failing to exert His mighty power at any chosen time to set
them free. God could not be a God of love and at the same time be-
have in this fashion.
The truth is, God has committed Himself never to solve prob-
lems by the use of force. Therefore, the timing for the Israelites’
release would be determined, not by God’s own personal choice,
but by the effects of the Egyptians’ deepening apostasy. This
brought about a separation from God which released destructive
powers upon them until they had destroyed their capacity to hold
their slaves. Then and only then, could the Israelites go free. When
these principles are understood, no problem will be seen in their
being left in servitude for so long.
God will not deviate from His ways, for He knows that the use
of force is self-defeating. Had it been His principle to rule by force,
then He would have stamped rebellion out of existence as soon as
it manifested itself initially. There would have been no long period of sin in this world.
But sin must be allowed to run its course until it ultimately de-
stroys itself and all who cling to it. Then the Lord will be free to
make the new heavens and the new earth with no danger of their
Christ and the Scourge
The same message which God sought to convey to the stubborn
Egyptian ruler, Christ endeavored to impress upon the minds of
the traders in the temple when He cleansed it for the first time.
Some study has already been given to this event in chapter fifteen,
but we deferred the analysis now to be given until Moses’ rod had
firstly been considered.
The declaration given by Christ when He held the scourge, is the
exact counterpart in the New Testament of what Moses did in the
Old when he held the rod in his hands. The symbolism is identical.
As has already been established, the rod Moses held symbolized
God’s powers in nature still under His control and direction. As
Moses gripped the rod, so Christ held the scourge, which likewise
symbolized God’s powers in nature. Just as Moses’ rod could not,
and did not, turn into a serpent while it remained in his hands, so
the scourge could not and did not strike a single person while it
was in Christ’s control.
The story can be as easily misinterpreted as was the Egyptian
episode. Most would argue that, while it is true that Christ did not
actually strike the offenders in the temple, He most certainly
threatened to and would have done so if they had resisted Him. To
adopt this view is to regard the character of Christ as being iden-
tical with that of men, while missing the message which the Sav-
iour desired to convey.
He had come upon them while they were practicing serious in-
iquity. This could only serve to separate them from the protection
of God so that they would be left exposed to the terribly destruc-
tive forces surrounding them. Christ desired to save them from
this, so He portrayed before them the situation which was devel-
oping. He wished them to understand that the usually mild and
beneficent forces of nature, were being transformed into a punish-
ing scourge. That they had not yet been smitten by this whip was
due alone to the fact that Christ still held it under His control and
would continue to do so until the period of their probation ended.
For them, that was still several years away. During the ensuing
interval of time, God’s presence was progressively withdrawn from
the land. Christ announced His eternal departure from the temple
in the sad words, “See! Your house is left to you desolate.” Matthew
23:38. This was just before His final sufferings and death. In A.D.
34, probation closed on the nation as a whole in accordance with
the prophecy of Daniel 9, but the retribution still tarried, Christ
still held the scourge in His hands, until in A.D. 70, He laid it down
and the full fury of enraged nature in the form of the Roman sol-
diery burst upon the shelterless, unprotected heads of the Jews.
In the temple, Christ had as vividly warned them of their im-
pending fate as Moses had warned the Egyptians of theirs. But,
just as the ancient oppressors of Israel would pay no heed to God’s
entreaties, neither would the Jews. This being their choice, there
was nothing further the Lord could do to save either. The rod be-
came a serpent, and the scourge left the control of Christ.
When the warning was given to each in turn, it was not too late
to repent. This above all else the Lord desired them to do. Therefore,
the demonstrations were given in infinite love and mercy. In no sense
of the word, were they the expression of a spirit of vindictive anger
and revenge. No matter how far they had gone, or how long they had
persisted in rebellion, the Lord was still ready and anxious to save
them. That they were not saved was entirely their own fault.
Some may argue that Christ did overturn the tables and scatter
their money thereby establishing the fact, as they see it, that He
would destroy their possessions. But, again, He was only giving
them an object lesson of the real truth that all the earthly treasure
in which they were putting their trust would be no support to them
in the hour of trouble. Instead, it would be swept away, even as the
coins were scattered in hopeless confusion across the pavement.
Rightly considered, Jesus Christ did exactly in the temple what He and His Father had done in the land of Egypt. He came to both with the offer of forgiveness, protection, and life. He showed each of them the terrible consequences of their continuing in their present course, in the hope that the realization of their need would prompt them to reach out for God’s solution to it.
In both of these situations, God and Christ were living out the maxim of their lives, in contrast to that of the devil who is the destroyer. Christ expressed the truth of this in these words:
“The thief does not come
except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.
I have come that they may have life,
and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10.
His sorrow is:
“But you are not willing to come to Me
that you may have life.” John 5:40.