Plagues of Egypt (6)

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Boils

The boils come with an interesting consequence for the Egyptians. Not only are they suffering with the discomfort of the boils, but the boils render the magicians and the priest unclean. This uncleanliness makes them unfit to serve so they are held powerless in their positions in the Egyptians culture. This is why they “could not stand before Moses because of the boils.” They were all powerless against the God of Israel.

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Plagues of Egypt (5)

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Plague of Cattle

Just like the plague of flies, the plague of the cattle set apart the Israelites from the Egyptians. The cattle of God’s people were not affected. There were many deities that were represented as bulls but I think this plague was part of destroying the economy of Egypt as the plagues continued. We see later that Pharaoh had chariots and horses in order to pursue Moses after they flee Egypt. I like to think that God spared the horses of the Pharaoh so that His will could still prevail as He permanently pronounced His glory over Egypt when the Red Sea closed destroying the forces coming upon His faithful.

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Plagues of Egypt (4)

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Flies

It was with the plague of flies that God choses to set His people apart for the Egyptians. The swarms of flies do not effect Goshen where the Israelites dwell. The Egyptians had to have been perplexed at why their fly god would put swarms upon them and leave the Israelites unaffected. This must have been true for Pharaoh as well, at least temporarily. He agrees to let the people sacrifice but not outside of the land as requested. He again hardens his heart when the plague is gone.

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Plagues of Egypt (3)

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Gnats (Lice)

The brevity of this plagues description draws focus on the Egyptians magicians. Until this point they have been recreating all of the plagues in an attempt to reduce God and dehumanize the occurrences. People still suffer from this urge today.  It is at this point that the magicians find themselves powerless to reproduce gnats from the dust and must give credit to the God of Israel, although this has no positive effect on Pharaoh.

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Plagues of Egypt (2)

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Frogs

Egyptians worshipped a frog goddess, represented by a frog. It was illegal to kill frogs do to the worship of this goddess. The plague of frogs could be viewed as using Egypt’s idols against them. The frogs covered the ground and all of the people’s belongings. They could not kill them so it must have been difficult to tip toe between all of them just trying to walk around. Then, after Pharaoh asked that the frogs be taken away and agrees to the demands of Moses, the frogs don’t disappear. God kills them in their place so that the Egyptians must now see how powerless the goddess is. First they overwhelm them and they die in front of them.

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Plagues of Egypt (1)

Nile Turned to Blood

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The Nile River was the focal point of the Egyptians. It was their life source. Turning it to blood made it worthless, killed all of its fish, created a great stink, took away drinking water and most importantly showed that the gods associated with the river had no power over the true God of this world! The fact that the water in vessels of wood and stone was also turned to blood removes the possibility of natural causes. Then God left the Nile this way for 7 days. The magicians that replicated this deed were now challenged to reverse the plague. They could not! This act showed God’s power and defies human explanation as well.

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PLAGUES OF EGYPYT (INTRO)

Exodus 7:14-12:32

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PLAGUE REFERENCE GOD
Nile Turned to Blood Exodus 7: 14-25 Khnum: guardian of the Nile

Hapi: spirit of the Nile

Osiris: giver of life (river was his blood steam)

Frogs Exodus 8: 1-15 Heqt: god of resurrection (form of frog)

Hapi: frog goddess of Egypt

Gnats (Lice) from dust Exodus 8: 16-19 Seb: Earth god of Egypt

Kheper: god of beetles an flies

Flies Exodus 8: 20-32 Uatchit: fly god of Egypt

Kheper: god of beetles an flies

Plague on Cattle Exodus 9: 1-7 Hathor: mother goddess (form of cow)

Apis: bull of Ptah, symbol of fertility

Mnevis: sacred bull of Heliopolis

Amon: god associated with bulls

Boils Exodus 9: 8-12 Imhotep: god of medicine

Sekhmet: goddess of epidemics

Serapis: god of healing

Hail Exodus 9: 13-35 Nut: sky goddess

Isis: goddess of life

Seth: protector of crops

Shu: god of the atmosphere

Locusts Exodus 10: 1-20 Serapia: protector from locusts

Isis: goddess of life

Seth: protector of crops

Darkness Exodus 10: 21-29 Re, Aten, Atum, Horas: All sun deities

Thoth: god of the moon

Death of the Firstborn Exodus 11: 1- 12-32 The deity of Pharaoh

Osiris: giver of life

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Everyone remembers the stories of the plagues of Egypt from Exodus. My first encounter was cartoon pictures on the wall of a Sunday school classroom! For the longest time I saw this part of the bible as God trying to open the eyes of Pharaoh. After some thought and a very enlightening bible study I saw God in a whole new light. The plagues served so many purposes. They showed the Israelites the power of the God they were about to follow out of Egypt. God showed Moses His power and instilled a faith in Moses that would last 40 years in the wilderness. God showed the Egyptians that the Israelites were sacred (set apart) to their God. My favorite and the reason for this post is God’s defiance of the gods of the Egyptians. They had faith that the gods they served and worshipped controlled there existence. I picture God with a little smile as he picked at the false gods of the Egyptians.