The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.Exodus 7:5
When LeBron James joined the Miami Heat in 2010, he made a bold prediction–He wasn’t there to win a championship or two or three…or even seven. By joining forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, he was putting the rest of the NBA on notice that he intended not just to win but to do so in historic fashion. Looking back ten years later, the Heat were certainly able to achieve greatness in the coming years…just not quite at the level LeBron predicted. By the time he left the Heat in 2014, they had won just two world championships. That is a remarkable accomplishment, but it was still a long way from the seven or more championships he predicted before the team had played its first game together.
Before the Lord sent the first of ten plagues upon Egypt, He made a bold declaration–the Egyptians would know that He is the Lord. Yet, every time Moses would relay the Lord’s call for Pharaoh to let the people go and every time a plague would come, Pharaoh’s heart was hardened. The same pattern played out nine times…but then, things changed.
We might be prone to hyperbole at times, but when God said the Egyptians would know that He is the Lord when He brought the people out, that’s exactly what He meant. It would be as the Lord said, and it will be as the Lord has said, “…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11). Not one, not two, not three, not four…every tongue will one day confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Let us pray today that the hearts of those around us will be softened to receive the truth that Jesus Christ is Lord.