Friday, February 4, 2011

Let the Plagues Begin!

Elvis sang, "a hard headed woman, a soft hearted man, been the cause of trouble ever since the world began."  Welllllllll, Pharoah, was a different case, he was a hard hearted man, and had many issues before he finally told the children of Israel to GET OUT!

Exodus 7:14-9:35

The First Plague: Waters Become Blood -
Pharoah says no, God tells Moses to tell Aaron to strike the river and everything becomes blood, fish rise dead to the surface, they cannot drink the water.

Pharoah's magicians did the same thing, his heart is hardened and he turns away. 

The people dig in the ground for fresh water. 

God leaves it like that for seven days.

The Second Plague: Frogs
Pharoan won't let them go again, so now there are frogs everywhere, ewwwwwww.  Can you imagine waking up to a frog coming out of your oven???

Pharoah's magicians did the same thing.

Pharoah asked that the frogs be taken away, Moses and Aaron said they would intercede and asked when.  Pharoah says "tomorrow."  How come tomorrow?  Why not now????

Anyway, Pharoah said he would let the people go when the frogs had disappeared. 

The frogs left, and when Pharoah saw they were gone, he changed his mind.  Isn't that like what we do?  We cry out to God when problems come up, then when God helps us, we go, ok, thanks  God, see ya.

Lord Jesus, help me to never have a hard heart toward God!

The Third Plague: Lice
Moses and Aaron strike the ground with the rod, and lice are everywhere, on man and beast.

The magicians cannot recreate this one and tell Pharoah that it is the finger of God.  He hardens his heart.

The Fourth Plague: Flies
Ahhh, the swarms of the flies!  They come on the Egyptians, but not the Israelites because God has set His people apart from this judgment.

Pharoah says they can go sacrifice to God if they will remove the flies.

The flies go, so does his promise to them.

The Fifth Plague: Livestock Diseased
All the livestock of Egypt died, none of the Israelites' died.  Pharoah still hardened his heart.

The Sixth Plague: Boils
God tells Moses and Aaron to take ashes in the presence of Pharoah and let them spread in the wind and boils will be upon the Egyptians and their animals.  The magicians cannot recreate this and go away from their presence.  The Israelites are safe.

The LORD hardens Pharoah's heart.

The Seventh Plague: Hail
God told Moses and Aaron to tell Pharoah he was sending hail and to get all the people and animals inside because everything that was outside would be killed.  Some did, some didn't.  Those that didn't died in the hail storm, crops too.

Pharoah once again says he will let the people go, the hail stops, so does Pharoah's promise.

Exodus 10-12:51

The Eighth Plague: Locusts
Moses and Aaron tell Pharoah that God will send locusts, Pharoah's servants are getting a little tired of all the plagues, and ask how long will they be a "snare to us?"  hahahaah, you just wait, God is very patient at allowing things to happen to you if you don't serve Him.

So the locusts come, Pharoah says they can go, the locusts stop, the LORD hardens Pharoah's heart, they cannot go.

The Ninth Plague: Darkness
Darkness for three days and nights, but the Israelites have light in their homes!

Pharoah says they can go, but their flocks and herds must stay.  The children can go.  Moses says no, everything must go.

The LORD hardens Pharoah's heart and he says the Israelites cannot to, Moses is never to darken his door again or he will kill him.  Moses says that he will never come to him again and leaves.

Death of the Firstborn Announced
God tells Moses what he is going to do, and how Pharoah will let them go, but his heart will be hardened, and nothing He has done will bring a blessing to Egypt because of their unbelief, how sad.  Anyway, the last plague will be the death of the firstborn - of everything human and animal, including Pharoah's son and there will be a great cry among the nation.  Pharoah will tell them to get out.

The Passover Instituted
During the last plague, the Israelites are to put blood on their doorposts and over their doors for protection, the Blood covenant.

The Tenth Plague: Death of the Firstborn
The announced death of all firstborns happens and Pharoah kicks the Israelites out of Egypt.

Off they go!!!!!!! 

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