“The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst; I will destroy their counsel and they will consult the idols and the charmers, the mediums and the sorcerers” (Isaiah 19:3).
In the whole of the Scripture, there is only one instance where it has been noted as ‘The Egyptian Spirit.’ When we go through the entire history, we can understand that the beginning of the civilisation was in Egypt. Five hundred years ago, Egypt was a nation of the superpower and was ruling the world of that time. Pharaohs rose there as monarchs, generation after generation.
Even today, if you visit Egypt, you will be astonished to see the ancient Pyramids. They have been built high, in the shape of four triangles following the scientific guidelines. The foundation below the earth is as deep as its height. Some of the stones used in the construction of the Pyramids are more than ten tons weight. How astonishing it is to notice such heavy stones having been taken to the top of the pyramids and how did they know the scientific secrets to carry out such a great task!
But those Egyptians did not place their faith in God but instead, they placed it on several demons. They worshipped ten types of gods. There were sorcerers in the palace of Pharaoh. For counselling, they always consulted the idols, the charmers, the mediums and the sorcerers (Isaiah 19:3).
Even though the people of Israel were the slaves in Egypt for four hundred and thirty years, they never allowed the religious path, idol worship and the sorceries of the Egyptians affect them. They remained as separated people of God. So, before delivering the Israelites from Egypt, God troubled all the ten gods with ten different types of plagues. God Himself waged the war and brought the victory to the Israelites. He broke the spirit of slavery and gave them the deliverance. As Lord of hosts, He brought the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan.
Dear children of God, never bring the spirits of the people of the world, spirits of Egypt and then spirits of the idol worship into your life. Never allow them to bind you into slavery. Since the Egyptians followed idol worship, their first born were destroyed. The livestock also perished.
Even though several centuries had gone by, David thought of this and sang, “To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn, for His mercy endures forever” (Psalms 136:10). Cast our Hagar who was brought from Egypt as a slave and her son. Then you will receive the glorious liberty.
To meditate: “Blessed be the Lord, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh” (Exodus 18:10).