The 10 Plagues of Egypt
EXODUS 7 VERSES 3 – 5
But I [God] will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, 4 Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and bring my hosts, my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment. 5 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.”
The 10 plagues of Egypt set the stage for one of the greatest scenes in the Old Testament, the Exodus. The Israelites spent 430 years living in the land of Egypt. The beginning of that 430 year period was peaceful, prosperous and friendly. Following this period, Egypt’s king and his people treated the Israelites very harshly. The Israelites were forced into slavery and were abused by the Egyptians. God called Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand that he set the Israelites free. The Pharaoh’s initial reaction in Exodus 5:2 shows us that the Pharaoh did not know who the Lord was and had no intentions of obeying the Lord’s command. So, God revealed His displeasure with the Pharaoh through Moses, Aaron, and the 10 plagues.
Each plague demonstrated God’s supremacy over Pharaoh in many important ways. Through the plagues, God demonstrated that even though Pharaoh may have thought of himself as a god, he was not THE God. He demonstrated that Pharaoh, as well as every other Egyptian, was dependent on the true and living God. God commanded the Nile, which was Egypt’s source of water and ultimately their prosperity and livelihoods. God commanded the animals and used them to destroy the Egyptian crops and spoil their livestock. God was God over the Egyptian’s bodies; hence, he sent boils on them. God was God over the skies; hence, he sent hail mixed with fire. God also commanded the sun. The Egyptians worshipped the sun, yet God was greater than their imaginary sun god. God demonstrated his power by hiding the sun for three days. Finally, God demonstrated that he was the God over their very lives and futures. He did that by killing every first born male.
WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR FAMILY
We worship the true and living God, not an imaginary god that people create with their minds and their hands. God is sovereign over the earth, over the heavens and, indeed, over all of creation. We must include God in our thoughts and in our decisions, both the small, daily decisions we make and the larger life altering decisions. We do that through praying, meditating on God’s word, and seeking wise counsel from fellow Christians. As we make decisions regarding what we will do, where we will go, with whom we will associate, we need to include God in those decisions. Even the small and seemingly routine decisions we need to make are opportunities for sin to creep into our lives.
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