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Nile Changed to Blood

Between AD 250-262, calamities raged all over the Roman Empire, from Egypt to the Hebrides. In some Italian cities, up to four-fifths of the population were wiped out. Men died like flies. Gibbons says that statisticians of the succeeding age estimated that one-half the human rac … More

Calamities

It is thought by some Bible scholars that the 10 plagues listed in this portion of  Scripture may have occurred over a period of nine months. The first nine came in three series of three each:

            1.         The first three - all disgusting

                        a.         Nile changed to blood (7:21)

                        b.         Multiplication of frogs (8:6)

                        c.         The swarm of lice (8:17)

 

            2.         The second three - all painful

                        a.         Corruption resulting from flies (8:24)

                        b.         Disease upon the cattle (9:6)

                        c.         Infection of boils (9:10)

 

            3.         The third three - all disastrous

                        a.         Rain of hail and fire (9:24)

                        b.         Invasion of locusts (10:14)

                        c.         Thick darkness (10:22)

The tenth plague displays God’s wrath through the destruction of the first born of man and beast throughout all of Egypt (12:29).  Before the first of each group a clear warning is given to Pharaoh.  But before the last of each group no warning is given. A calamity simply strikes without notice.

Application

Scripture warns people today of calamities that are coming but, like Pharaoh, most harden their hearts. I need to be ready for His coming in the rapture which could happen at any time?

Exodus 7:14-25 (English Standard Version)

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Pharaoh's heart is hardened; he refuses to let the people go. Go to Pharaoh in the morning, as he is going out to the water. Stand on the bank of the Nile to meet him, and take in your hand the staff that turned into a serpent. And you shall say to him, 'The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, "Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness. But so far, you have not obeyed." Thus says the LORD, "By this you shall know that I am the LORD: behold, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and it shall turn into blood. The fish in the Nile shall die, and the Nile will stink, and the Egyptians will grow weary of drinking water from the Nile."'" And the LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, their canals, and their ponds, and all their pools of water, so that they may become blood, and there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, even in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.'" Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded. In the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants he lifted up the staff and struck the water in the Nile, and all the water in the Nile turned into blood. And the fish in the Nile died, and the Nile stank, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. There was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. But the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts. So Pharaoh's heart remained hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said. Pharaoh turned and went into his house, and he did not take even this to heart. And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile for water to drink, for they could not drink the water of the Nile. Seven full days passed after the LORD had struck the Nile.

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