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Exodus 8

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God judges people, as individuals and as nations. For example, in scripture we find a warning that has never been repealed; that if we allow a murderer to go unpunished by death, then the whole nation is deemed to be guilty of murder.

We can be guilty not just because we actually do something evil; we are equally guilty if we allow it to happen, or we are silent in the face of evil. Thus, when Hitler murdered millions, the whole people were also guilty, for allowing it, either by complicity or by silence out of fear.

In the UK and other countries where the death penalty for murder has been removed, the entire nation is guilty pf murder. That goes for wholesale abortion, too… calling the tiny babies ‘foetuses’ is a crafty way to avoid calling them human beings, but the people stand guilty. This is what scripture says.

I would dearly love to stop speaking and warning about homosexuality, but this great wickedness is so full-on we cannot escape it. Homosexuals were judged guilty and sent a plague, AIDS. of immense proportion. It has thus far killed many millions. Yet, homosexuals are prompted to carry on their evils. Not only that but they are deceiving others into accepting their behaviour. Vast numbers in society now accept homosexuality as ‘normal’ when it patently is not. Though the homosexual life is crammed to the brim with evil, violence, immorality and total intolerance of free speech, God and His people, people allow it to continue unchallenged. This is not just mere human stupidity. It is evidently irrational and Satanic. God has hardened their hearts and blinded their eyes, and the sin becomes even worse.

In all this, we should take heart from the time of Moses. The same thing occurred with Pharaoh, but at a certain point, God was seen to be behind the miraculous plagues. Then, later, the Israelites finally left Egypt. However, not learning from past experiences, pharaoh pursued them into the desert, and he and his soldiers were killed by God in the Red Sea.

God will one day likewise crush homosexuals in huge numbers. They will have no option but to cry out for help, but none will be given, such is their wickedness. In this way, they will follow their idols, the Sodomites, not only to an early grave, but to eternal hell. The rest will be dealt with on Judgment Day, to know the same fate. Pray for their downfall, as well as for the possible salvation of a few (for only a few will respond, by God’s mercy).

Verses 1 - 6

  1. “And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

  2. And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs:

  3. And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs:

  4. And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.

  5. And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt.

  6. And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.

  7. And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.”

Thus far, Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites go. His own people suffered, but they could not do anything themselves unless Pharaoh gave the command. Now, God told Moses to again visit Pharaoh with another warning. This time, if he refused (which he would, because God stopped him from obeying, for His own purposes), Egypt would be plagued by frogs. The word ‘border’, g@buwl, in this context, means the whole territory.

No matter which way anyone looks at the ten plagues of Egypt, they actually occurred and were devastating. Not only were they written into the Old Testament, but they were also documented by Egyptians, in the Ipuwer papyrus (now in aDutch museum), from oral records.

Today, many wish the ten plagues to be explained away naturally. (Of course!). One, a doctor, said it was impossible for ten completely unrelated plagues to strike one country in quick succession. Exactly – it is humanly impossible, but not divinely impossible. Even so, the doctor wanted to link several together, so that they made human sense!

Thus, he decided that an event in Carolina in 1987 was suitable. This was when the weather was so hot it produced an algae that killed the fish. This would be fine, except that it does not fit the Biblical description… the water turned to blood instantly the rod hit the water, and the same miracle occurred whenever Aaron struck different water sources, even in buckets and inland streams! Algae take time to form – what happened in Egypt was instant.

Then, said the doctor, because there were no fish to eat the frog spawn, there was an unusually large frog population in Egypt. Sounds feasible, except that it does not fit the description in the Bible. Another unbelieving scientist then postulated that the frogs were of a certain type (though it is not mentioned in the Bible), a type that produces huge amounts of spawn. But, before they left the river they ingested at least a small amount of poison from the supposed algae and so were killed. This led to an overpopulation of lice (not the lice we know of), which were not eaten by the frogs. And so the attempt to explain away the ten plagues affects the public, who then go on to disbelieve not just a godly act, but God Himself!

Human explanations simply do not fit what happened. Remember – all the plagues were predicted by Moses and Aaron. They occurred at exactly the same time they did what they did, with Pharaoh and his servants as witnesses. The water-into-blood event occurred when Aaron tapped the water, not sooner or later, but instantly. This is not how algae grow!

The type of frog mentioned by the scientist, too, is not the type it is thought to be by Hebrew scholars, who say it was likely the common edible frog that lives in rivers and streams. Who is right? Also, they say that the word for frog is usually plural, meaning all types (e.g. like “All the fish in the sea” means all types of fish), and this contradicts the scientist who pins it down to just one frog! We could go on. All we need to do is examine what unbelievers say, and not just accept their words because they happen to be scientists! Miracles occur, even today, and only God can produce the authentic ones!

In this text the frogs were so abundant they entered houses and even got into beds and servants quarters. They would get into everything, including ‘fire pots’ (ovens) and kneadingtroughs, the bowls used to knead dough. They would even get onto people.

I once worked in a nursing home surrounded by open fields. One day I got into work and staff were leaving the wards. As I walked into the wards, I saw literally thousands of small green frogs hopping everywhere, in and out of rooms, on furniture, etc. It took an age to clear the place! So, imagine they were everywhere, even on people and in cooking pots and beds. Note that they did not just come out of the Nile; they came out of every place water was found, including inland ponds and streams.

But, how did it begin? Not over days, or even hours, but instantly. Aaron stretched the rod over water and frogs immediately jumped out onto land. This means the sources of water were now fresh. If they were not, then the frogs would have died in the blood. Therefore, the ideas of the doctor and scientists are useless, for they assume the waters were still contaminated, forcing frogs to get out. Remember, God produces miracles instantly and effectively.

Note again, though, that the magicians and witches also produced their own version of a miracle, and brought up frogs from water. The whole purpose is two-fold: to show that their false gods were just as powerful and, to thereby decry the name of God. This is what happened when the Toronto Blessing swept the world, and is still going on wherever people gather and practice the same arts. What they produce is not from God, but mimics it closely. The Egyptian witches did it, too, but the effects of Satanic miracles are short-lived and imperfect.

Verses 8 - 11

  1. ”Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the LORD, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the LORD.

  2. And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?

  3. And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our God.

  4. And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only.”

The frogs appeared to sway Pharaoh and he called for Moses and Aaron. He asked them to ‘intreat’ God, to ‘athar; supplicate, to plead with Him to remove the frogs. They did not just cover the land like a carpet; they also contaminated things, food and water. If God did that, Pharaoh would let the Israelites go to the wilderness.

“Glory over me” is a difficult term to interpret. It usually means to take glory upon ones-self. In this text it appears to mean that Pharaoh was asking him to do what his own witches were unable to do. Thus, Moses had the power (from and with God) and not them. Moses asked Pharaoh when he wanted him to pray to God, to remove the frogs from the land and return them to the rivers.

Oddly, Pharaoh did not want immediate action, but said “Tomorrow”. Moses agreed and said that it would happen at the precise time requested by Pharaoh, so that he could see it was God acting, and no false god or magician. He would, then, pray the next day and rid the land of frogs.

Verses 12 - 15

  1. “And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried unto the LORD because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh.

  2. And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields.

  3. And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank.

  4. But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.”

Moses and Aaron left and the next day they prayed to God about the frogs. Immediately the frogs on land died where they were. There were so many the people had to pile them into huge stinking mounds of dead animals.

When Pharaoh “saw that there was respite” or relief from the frogs, he again hardened his heart. Though it was God who hardened Pharaoh’s heart, this is observable behaviour in people today. They call on God when things are tough. But when life returns to normal, they forget God and carry on as before. If the person is a Christian, however, God will not allow such ingratitude to continue, and if such attitude is continued, God will remove His active presence from that person until true repentance emerges.

Thus, Pharaoh again complied with God’s judgment over him, and he refused to honour his word. The Israelites could not go! More trouble would now come Pharaoh’s way.

Verses 16 - 19

  1. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.

  2. And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.

  3. And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.

  4. Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.”

As soon as Pharaoh refused, God told Moses to tell Aaron to hit the ground with his rod. This would plague Egypt, man and beast, with lice, ken. The lice were not body lice, but were swarming gnats. This was instant.

Again, the magicians and witches gathered to reproduce the miracle. But, this time, God prevented Satan from having his way, and the pagans were unable to produce gnats. Possibly this is because only God can make something inanimate into a living creature… each particle of dust became a gnat. Meanwhile all the people and animals were being driven crazy as thick swarms of gnats bit them.

At last, God was seen to be the cause: “This is the finger of God”, or ‘elohiym, a reference to the Hebrew God. This was not necessarily an acknowledgement that God was the one and true God, only that this was a God far greater than their own. Rather than prompt Pharaoh into fear or respect, it led him deeper into rejection of God’s commands. So, Pharaoh did not listen, just as God had said would happen.

Today, even though homosexuals have been hit hard by a worldwide plague, caused by their own immorality and behaviour, and put on them by God, they refuse to obey God, and even shout against Him. They try to bring down His name and honour, and His people. They get even worse, though it means death. Only utter fools and people hardened by God can act this way. That is why we must view homosexuals as the farthest extreme of evil and godlessness. They are so because God has hardened their hearts, such is their evil. As it was with Pharaoh, so it is with homosexuals today, thousands of years later. Note here, also, AIDS arose suddenly, and only amongst homosexuals. It is indeed the “finger of God” who is piling up homosexuals in rotting piles, so that the land stinks.

Verses 20 - 24

  1. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

  2. Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.

  3. And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.

  4. And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.

  5. And the LORD did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants' houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies.”

Again, God spoke to Moses. He told him to go to the river Nile when Pharaoh would go for his morning wash. Once more, he was to ask Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. He was to issue a warning to Pharaoh, that if he continued to refuse the request, he would bring swarms of flies that, like the gnats, would get into everything and onto people and would cover the ground.

And, as a proof it was of God, he would cause the land of Goshen, where most of the Hebrews lived, to be completely free of flies, as if there were a solid wall between north and south. This was impossible, humanly speaking. But, it would prove that God was behind the miracle.

In the UK I remember swarms of flying ants. On one occasion the swarms were so thick they looked like a grey cloud passing through the area. Naturally, people kept indoors. On our first visit to Malta, we got there in summer, and when we sat to food, whether inside or out, there were very small black flies everywhere. Continually we waved them away, but they were everywhere, but we had to eat. So, one hand used a fork or spoon whilst the other was constantly sweeping over the food to keep the flies away.

But in Egypt the problem was far worse. Flies covered floors like a carpet, and got into everything, including the food. Flies are great at carrying contamination to food! So the problem was dire. Everything was being ‘corrupted’, shachath, spoiled. Yet, as if stopped by a wall, the flies did not go north to cover Goshen! Thus the majority of Hebrews carried on as normal and their food and water were kept fresh and untouched.

Verses 25 - 30

  1. “And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land.

  2. And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us?

  3. We will go three days' journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us.

  4. And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me.

  5. And Moses said, Behold, I go out from thee, and I will intreat the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, to morrow: but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD.

  6. And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the LORD.”

Once more, Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron. Once more, he said the Israelites. could worship God, but only where they lived, not in the desert. But, Moses objected, saying it was not acceptable. He told Pharaoh that their sacrifices and worship would be an abomination in the eyes of the Egyptians, and they would likely stone them. No – they had to go into the desert, three days journey away from Egypt’s border, just as God commanded.

Pharaoh then said he would let them go, but they had to stay close to Egypt. So, would they now call on God to remove the flies? Moses assured him that he would ask God to do so, on the next day. But, Moses warned Pharaoh not to lie anymore. So, Moses left Pharaoh and, next day, prayed that the flies should go.

Verses 31 & 32

  1. “And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one.

  2. And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.”

God then removed the flies. What did Pharaoh do? Yes, he changed his mind again and refused to let the Israelites go to worship God! Despite the plagues he had already been sent, he refused to obey God. But remember that the reason was not his own wickedness, which was, no doubt, enough to condemn him anyway, but God. It was God Who stopped Pharaoh from obeying Him. Also remember that God does this in our own day. Whenever we see wicked men and women continuing in their evils despite one or many judgments sent against them, you can be sure God has hardened their hearts, either for their whole life or for a time.

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