The Plague of Frogs

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Obedience

Soon after the seven days when the water was turned to blood, God told Moses, for  the first  time, to go to Pharoah and demand that he let the children of Israel go so they may serve the true God (v. 1). This command showed that Israel was in bondage; God wanted them to have freedom in order that they might serve Him. Because Pharoah refused God’s command God said the land would be filled with  frogs (v. 2). The goddess Head  was pictured as a frog’s head so before this the Egyptians had counted the frog sacred and wouldn’t kill them. Now these sacred animals would be in their bedrooms, kitchens and crawling on the people (vv. 3-4). The Lord asks Moses to tell Aaron to hold his stick over the rivers, canals, and ponds (v. 5). Suddenly there were frogs everywhere (v. 6). Then the magicians with their satanic powers did the same thing with their enchantments and brought more frogs upon the land (v. 7).

When Pharoah began to see that the God of the Hebrews was greater than the gods of Egypt, he turned to Moses and Aaron for help (v. 8). Moses allowed Pharaoh to set the timetable for the relief  from the frogs however, Moses wanted Pharoah to know there was no one like the Lord God (vv. 9-11). Moses cried unto the Lord; asking Him to remove the frogs (v. 12). The Lord  did as Moses requested and the frogs died out in the houses, villages, fields etc (v. 13). They gathered up the dead frogs upon heaps and the land stank (v. 14). After the frogs were gone Pharoah makes his heart hard again and said he would not let the people go (v. 15).

Application

Am I living in obedience to God’s Word or do I have unconfessed sin in my life? I can only have a right relationship with God and others if I have made everything right with God and my fellow men.

Exodus 8:1-15 (English Standard Version)

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, 'Thus says the LORD, "Let my people go, that they may serve me. But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your country with frogs. The Nile shall swarm with frogs that shall come up into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and your kneading bowls. The frogs shall come up on you and on your people and on all your servants."'" And the LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, 'Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the canals and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt!'" So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. But the magicians did the same by their secret arts and made frogs come up on the land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, "Plead with the LORD to take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let the people go to sacrifice to the LORD." Moses said to Pharaoh, "Be pleased to command me when I am to plead for you and for your servants and for your people, that the frogs be cut off from you and your houses and be left only in the Nile." And he said, "Tomorrow." Moses said, "Be it as you say, so that you may know that there is no one like the LORD our God. The frogs shall go away from you and your houses and your servants and your people. They shall be left only in the Nile." So Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried to the LORD about the frogs, as he had agreed with Pharaoh. And the LORD did according to the word of Moses. The frogs died out in the houses, the courtyards, and the fields. And they gathered them together in heaps, and the land stank. But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.

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