Exodus

Exodus 7-9

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. 

Click here for a cheat sheet I found on-line.  I will pop it into the handout section too.  

7 thoughts on “Exodus 7-9

  1. I love how He attacks them with their own “gods”…and I had just found and printed that same cheat sheet before I saw it listed here! Brilliant

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  2. Also, It’s so frustrating that Pharaoh’s heart is so hard and I have often struggled with that. Especially because G♡d made it hard..so I have often thought, “are there people who just have a hard heart? They will never change like Pharaoh?” But in 7:3-4a it says, “I will make Pharaoh’s heart stubborn so I can multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt. Even then Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you.” So I guess I had never realized that G♡d hardened his heart so he could show His greatness. I do love how he uses the gods they worship against them and you would think Pharaoh would realize those gods mean nothing and can do nothing but… we’re dealing with a hardened heart here. It’s all very interesting..and pulls on my own heart strings..again..who needs Netflix??

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  3. Stephanie, it is so cool that God is omniscient and knows that He will harden his heart but ONLY after Pharaoh refused to change. Pharaoh was given a freewill choice. Go back in your Bible and circle 7:14 “Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding”. 8:19 “But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen”. 8:32 “But this time also Pharaoh hardened his heart”. 9:7 “Yet his heart was unyielding”.

    THEN, in 9:12 we have a shift “But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart ….just as the Lord had said to Moses. 9:35 “….just as the Lord had said through Moses” 10:20 “But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and again one more time in 11:10.

    When I became a christian and began telling people God’s testimony in me suddenly I would hear my neighbor say (Sandra Dean)…”The ladies in my bible study were praying to soften your heart”. The I visited my sister in law in Indiana (Angie Szymanski) and she said “The ladies in my bible study were praying your heart would soften” Oh my stars, how many people were praying for my “heart to soften”. When people now ask me “My brother, mom, sister, friend is not a believer..what can I do?” I immediately say “start with praying for their heart to soften”.

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    1. I love that verse in Ezekiel …36:26. I pray that often.. During church yesterday the Pastor was going strong in Romans 8 but I happened to glance over to 9 and saw Paul talking about this same subject..it was awesome!

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  4. I know I’m a little behind. I thought to myself when I was reading on the 3 – the Egyptians served, “ Trinity “ and then you confirmed it.

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