...If God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31b)

Leslie M. John

When the LORD God is our strength who can be against us?

Even when Moses was in low spirits with his reluctant responses given to the Almighty God that he is not fit to lead the children of Israel out from the bondage of slavery the LORD God infuses courage and confidence in the mind of Moses. The LORD says to Moses that He made Moses a god to pharaoh. Pause for a while and think about the word “god”. God says He made Moses a “god” to Pharaoh.

Hebrew word that was used in this context gives us the meaning that God made Moses a judge over Pharaoh, who was the king of Egypt. Pharaoh, who had all the authority in the land of Egypt became at the word of God a subservient to Moses, who was not a king, nor was a strong man to be able to fight with Pharaoh, yet the Almighty God said to him that He made Moses a “god” to Pharaoh. God assured that Aaron, the brother of Moses will be his prophet.

The power of the LORD is exhibited before Pharaoh when Aaron spoke at the command of the LORD to send the children of Israel out of his hand. The LORD’s desire was to show His strength by which He delivered the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery. Until then Pharaoh hardened his heart partly at the making of the LORD and partly in his arrogance by his own making.

The LORD could have secured the redemption of Israel in a very easy way; after all Pharaoh was a human being but the LORD desired to show His signs and His wonders in the land of Egypt. Until then Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened. Even though Pharaoh saw the signs and wonders from the LORD, he hesitated to release the children of Israel. Pharaoh did not yield fully until the LORD killed the firstborn of Pharaoh. The LORD could have killed Pharaoh instantly or gradually but the LORD wanted him to realize the pain of losing his only son.

The LORD showed the Egyptians that He is the Almighty God by laying His heavy hand and outstretched arm and by great judgments upon them.

Apostle Paul brings home the point to our edification and reliance on the LORD by saying who could be against us if God is with us. The LORD God having not spared His own Son but gave Him for our sake, how would He not give all good things feely for us? Who could lay charge against us when the LORD has justified of not guilty of sin? Christ died and rose from the dead and He is alive today.

“What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth. Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Romans 8:31-35