The Plagues of Exodus Chapters 7 – 12
Today is Sunday, April 12 and this is the sermon I heard about in our church.
You may know the story of Moses when he was sent by God back to Egypt to lead Israel out from bondage of slavery.
The Lord said to Moses that he had to say everything He commanded him – to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country.
One of the purposes God sent the plagues to Egypt is so that He will be known, especially by the Egyptians and maybe also by the other people in the countries nearby. Because He is the one true God, He can move with mighty acts of judgment among those who do not believe Him. Since Egypt have many idols or small gods, the Lord made Himself known through these things, using it as He sent the plagues:
1. Because Nile River was very important to the Egyptians and it has many uses, they worship it as a god named Hapi. God turned it to blood.
2. They look at frogs as a sign of fertility and they have a god of frogs named Heget. So God plagued the whole country with frogs.
3. They also idolizes comfort and they have a fly god named Vatchit. So the Lord turned the dust into gnats and also sent flies after.
4. Egyptians also have a cow god named Hathor that is why God plagued their livestock
5. They put so much importance on their health (but of course, it is not a sin to be concerned with it) so festering boils broke out on men and animals throughout the land.
6. Egyptians have a sky god named Nut that they trust with the weather so God sent hailstorm.
7. They have a harvest god named Osiris so God brought locusts to devour their crops.
8. Egyptians worship the sun (Re – sun god) and darkness spread over Egypt.
9. Lastly, every firstborn son in Egypt died.
We might think that God is very cruel because of this but we can see His great love for us when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He wants us to know Him personally, to be involved in our life and to be with Him eternally in heaven. We just have to really believe in Him and trust him with our life, accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord and live for Him.
But we might think that we don’t need Him because we are intelligent, we can run our own life, we are healthy. Whatever the reason, let us not harden our heart. There is no other god but Him and to love Him with all our heart, understanding and all all our strength is the greatest of all.