The 10 Plagues of the Exodus

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Exodus 12:12 NIV  “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord.”

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Hapi- Egyptian God of the Nile

The first plague that was given to the Egyptians from God was that of turning the water to blood. As Aaron, the spokesman for Moses, touched the “rod” of the Lord to the Nile River it immediately turned to blood, all the fish died, and the river stank. Partially able to duplicate this miracle, the magicians of Pharaoh also turn water into blood, leaving Pharaoh unimpressed with this great wonder from God.

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Heket- Egyptian Goddess of Fertility, Water, Renewal

The second plague that was extended upon Egypt, from the “rod” by Aaron, was that of frogs. The frogs came up from the river and were in their houses, in their food, in their clothing, in every place possible. From the greatest to the least, no one in Egypt escaped the plague of frogs. Pharaoh’s magicians were able to bring more frogs in their attempt to imitate the power of God, but only Moses was able to make the frogs go away. This was another attack on a famous Egyptian Goddess, Heket.

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Geb- Egyptian God of the Earth

At the command of the Lord to Moses, Aaron was told to stretch forth his rod and smite the dust of the earth. When he did the dust became lice throughout all the land, on both people and beasts. The magicians of Pharaoh are humiliated, being unable to compete with this power that was so much greater than themselves and the powers that they had from their Egyptian gods and goddesses, and they profess, “this is the finger of God.”

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Khepri- Egyptian God of creation, movement of the Sun, rebirth

With the fourth Egyptian plague, which consisted of flies, begins the great miracle ot separation or differentiation. This time, however, only the Egyptians are affected by the judgement, or plague, and the children of Israel remain unscathed.

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Hathor-Egyptian Goddess of Love and Protection

This plague was given with an advanced warning, allowing a period of repentance to occur, which goes unheeded. “Tomorrow” the hand of the Lord would be felt upon all the cattle and livestock, of only the Egyptians, as”grievous murrain.” This means that disease and pestilence would fall upon their livestock with so severe a consequence as to cause them to die.

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Isis- Egyptian Goddess of Medicine and Peace

Unannounced the sixth Egyptian plague is given, for the first time, directly attacking the Egyptian people themselves. Being instructed by the Lord, Moses took ashes from the furnace of affliction, and threw them into the air. As the dust from the ashes blew all over Egypt, it settled on man and beast alike in the form of boils and sores. As with the previous two, throughout the remaining Egyptian plagues the division is drawn between the Egyptians and the children of Israel, as God gives protection to his covenant people.

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Nut- Egyptian Goddess of the Sky

Again warning is given before the enactment of the plague takes place. Hail of unspeakable size and ability to destroy, would rain down from the sky and turn to fire as it hit the ground. Interestingly enough, the crops that were destroyed by the hail consisted of flax and barley, which were ripening in the fields. These two particular crops were not the mainstay of their diet, but were used more specifically for their clothing and libations.

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Seth- Egyptian God of Storms and Disorder

Moses and Aaron approached Pharaoh with the same request, “Let my people go so that they may serve me”, and pronounced the judgment of locusts if not heeded. This is the second wave of destruction to follow the hail, and whatever crops were left in tact after that display, were now completely consumed by the swarms of locusts that were unleashed from the sky. This wonder definitely affected their life source. By hitting them in their food supply, the Lord displayed the possibility of eminent death if a change of heart did not occur.

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Ra- The Sun God

Darkness now fell upon Egypt, unannounced, as a prelude to the future fate to be felt by the Egyptian empire when the message of the Lord was not heeded. Three days of palpable darkness, that was so immense it could be physically felt, covered the land of Egypt. The sun, the most worshipped God in Egypt other than Pharaoh himself, gave no light.

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Pharaoh- The Ultimate Power of Egypt

Exodus 4:22-23 NIVThen say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son,  and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.”

Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, was worshipped by the Egyptians because he was considered to be the greatest Egyptian God of all. It was believed that he was actually the son of Ra himself, manifest in the flesh.

And Moses said, “Thus saith the Lord, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.”

At this point the passive obedience that the children of Israel have shown is now moved to a level of active obedience. They are given strict instructions to follow so that they do not also feel the judgment of this last plague sent by the Lord. These instructions are known as “The Feast of Passover”, “The Feast of Unleavened Bread”, and “The Law of the Firstborn.”

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

 

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Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 7 grand children, ex-Canadian military and residing in beautiful Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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5 comments on “The 10 Plagues of the Exodus
  1. Wonderful explanation, Bruce! Thank you! This is really enlightening! 🙂

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  2. John Eli says:

    Man our God is glorious! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. SLIMJIM says:

    Good breakdown on the attack of the Egyptian gods and goddesses.

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  4. Wally Fry says:

    That was cool, Bruce, thanks

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