These plagues were miracles for both the Egyptians and the Israelites to see. The Israelites will be delivered and it is important that they know that Moses is a vessel for God (not a god). In chapter 6: the Lord says I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.
It is REALLY important that the people exit Egypt (Israelites as well as some Egyptians) following God, not Moses.
So Moses (through God), and Aaron as his prophet performs the staff/snake miracle. The magicians were able to duplicate it BUT were not able to UNDO God’s work. The magicians had power (tricks, illusions, sorcery, satan,…)
The Plagues were designed according to the gods that were worshiped in Egypt. The most important thing in Egypt was the Nile. The Egyptians had a god that would be a guardian over the Nile, Khnun. A “spirit” of the Nile called Hopi, and a god that gave life in the Nile called Osiris. I can’t help notice their own imitation of the Trinity. So God changed the Nile to Blood. (not just red…BLOOD).
The Frogs. The Bedrooms in the palace were probably 3 stories up, surrounded by palace walls and protection. An interesting verse for me was verse 8..Pharaoh says “Pray to the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people. Why didn’t he pray to the god Heqt, the great Frog, who was in charge of resurrection and childbirth?
The gnats and the flies are the next 2 plagues. Pharaoh now wants to compromise a little. He says if you take away the flies, I will let you make an offering to the Lord. (the 3 day journey was an obedience to the Lord Exodus 3:18.)
The Livestock. The bull was a chief god called Apris. Even the cow was a god, Hathor, the mother goddess. (that reminds me, I have to defrost the burgers for tonight).
The Boils, notice none of this is happening to the Israelites. But this time, God hardens the heart of Pharaoh, as said he would in 4:21. Yet where is the god of medicine, Imhotep to heal them? Where is he?
We end today on Hail. I am reading this paragraph and I think…This is it…finally! Pharaoh says “This time I have sinned,” he said to them. “The LORD is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong. Pray to the LORD, for we have had enough thunder and hail. I will let you go; you don’t have to stay any longer.”
God could stop here, but that would leave gods on the list, as well is the deity of Pharaoh. It is important to show His Sovereignty to the Egyptians, but also to the Israelites so that when they exit slavery it is not a god, Pharaoh, or Moses that will free them. It is The God.
“the Lord says I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.