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Exodus 9:1-7 Goodnight Camels

Still separate from Egypt. God is protecting the Israelites during His judgement.

Pharaoh has reneged on his promise again. God sends him another plague to get his attention. This one doesn’t directly touch him though.

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Moses is sitting under his favorite tree. He is frustrated. This is the second time Pharaoh has gone back on his word to release the people of Israel. He knows the Lord told him that this would be a long process. It’s just that he thought they had finally won their freedom after the last time. But then rethinking all that the Lord has said to him, the Lord’s prophecy about Pharaoh “driving them out” certainly didn’t fit with his last encounter with Pharaoh.

As he is pondering Israel’s struggle the Lord calls to him again with more instructions. Read more »

Exodus 8:20-32 Lord of the Flies

Israel no longer suffered along side of the Egyptians. God made a dividing line.

Today we read about the fourth plague on Egypt; plague of flies. This plague is different because the Hebrews no longer endure these plagues, only the Egyptians and their servants.

I don’t know about you but I HATE FLIES!!! I had one house in Germany that had so many flies that it drove me NUTS! It was nothing to kill 50 or more flies in one rampage on them. There was an open sewer grate near my back door and the flies just LOVED that place. We kept the interior doors closed as much as possible to keep them out or in one area. VERY happy to move from that house. But even my current house isn’t fly free.

The Egyptians experience makes my house in Germany look like nothing! They were going to encounter flies on a scale never before seen. Why? Because God was getting Pharaoh’s attention in a BIG way as well as establishing His name even more firmly with the rest of the nations. Read more »

Exodus 8:16-19 Gnats To You

All the land suffered this plague, even the animals.

This is the third plague God sends on Egypt; gnats. This time Pharaoh is given no warning or opportunity for avoiding it. More striking though is that his magicians recognize the hand of God.

This is the first time Pharaoh wasn’t given warning of what was to come. God speaks to Moses and has him command Aaron alone to do this miracle. Originally I thought Moses and Aaron did this outside of Pharaoh’s presence but on further consideration I’m assuming this took place when Moses and Aaron went to inquire about the promise Pharaoh had made regarding the lifting of the plague of frogs. He went back on his promise so Moses commanded Aaron to take the next step. Pharaoh is still unconvinced and asks his magicians if they can replicate what is going on. They can’t. THIS is the work of God. Pharaoh can’t fake it. Read more »

Exodus 8:1-15 Hop To It

Not even Pharaoh’s house was safe. Frogs were EVERYWHERE!

God sends the second plague on the land of Egypt because of Pharaoh. This time it is frogs. I know I would have been screaming during this!!!

Egypt has just had a week of blood in the place of their rivers. Even their water jars liquid was turned to blood. Now God tells Moses to go back to Pharaoh with a new ultimatum. Turn my people lose or have your life overrun by frogs.

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Moses is sitting under his favorite tree in the evening. He is thanking the Lord for fresh water again. He didn’t enjoy the Lord’s judgement any better than the Egyptians or any other Hebrew, but he understood the purpose behind it. He knew the Lord was trying to get Pharaoh’s attention. Read more »

Exodus 7:14-25 Bloody Water

The first of the ten plagues God has for Egypt. All suffered under this one.

Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh after showing him the sign God had commanded and after Aaron’s rod had dinner. Now Moses and Aaron interrupt Pharaoh’s bath time.

Pharaoh is NOT listening to God’s command to let the people go. Now it’s time to get serious. God started with a simple sign that Pharaoh was able to replicate through his magicians but even there God trumped it. Now the first plague is going to be released. This plague will affect the whole land of Egypt.

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That evening as Moses sits under his favorite tree he hears the Lord speaking to him. “Go to Pharaoh in the morning where he is bathing. Make sure and take you staff with you; the one that turned into a serpent. When he comes up out of the water you will be there to meet him and give him another message from Me. ‘And you shall say to him, “The Lord, Read more »