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Exodus 7-10

May 22, 2009

Pharaoh is not going to agree to let the Israelites go out to worship God.  Bring on the plagues!

Exodus 7

  • God told Moses to go speak to Pharaoh and how things would pan out.  After it is all said and done, the Egyptians will know that God is the one and true God.
  • Moses was eighty at this time, and Aaron was eighty-three.
  • Aaron threw down his rod to become a snake.  Pharaoh’s wise men and magicians did the same thing (probably using satanic power), but Aaron’s snake ate their snakes.  Pharaoh still refused to listen.
  • The next morning, Aaron hit the Nile’s waters with his staff, the whole river turned to blood (the first plague).  The magicians and wise men repeated this, so Pharaoh hardened his heart and refused to listen to Moses and Aaron.
  • A whole week passed with this bloody water.  The Egyptians had dug wells for drinking water during this time.

Exodus 8

  • Pharaoh has another chance to let Israel go.  He refuses, and frogs fill the entire land of Egypt (the second plague), down to everybody’s ovens, beds, and everywhere!  Even though the magicians repeated this, Pharaoh pleaded with Moses and Aaron to make the frogs go away.
  • The next day, Moses prays to God to make the frogs go away.  They all died, except for the frogs in the Nile river.  Pharaoh hardens his heart and refuses to let the Israelites go.
  • Since Pharaoh refused, Aaron hit the dust with his staff.  The third plague occurred – gnats were everywhere in Egypt.  The magicians could not repeat this plague and declared that the finger of God was at work.  Pharaoh remained stubborn and did not listen.
  • Next up: the fourth plague, flies.  These flies only affected Egypt, not Goshen (where the Israelites were).  Pharaoh agreed to let the Israelites go sacrifice (only in the land of Egypt).  Moses refused — the Egyptians would become outraged, because the Israelites would be sacrificing animals the Egyptians considered sacred.  Pharaoh then said they could go into the wilderness.
  • Moses prayed, the flies went away, and Pharaoh went against his word.  The Israelites still could not leave.

Exodus 9

  • After Pharaoh was warned again, God performs the fifth plagues: all the livestock in Egypt die, while none Israel’s livestock die.  Even though Pharaoh’s officials told him this is what had happened (from seeing it), he still refused to let the Israelites go.
  • In the presence of Pharaoh, Moses took soot from a furnace and threw it into the air.  This sixth plague made everyone in Egypt to break out in boils.  The magicians cannot do anything, because they have also been struck with the boils.  Pharaoh still refuses to do anything.
  • Pharaoh was warned of the seventh plague, and he was also told the purpose of the plagues — to show them the power of God (God could have just wiped them off the face of the earth)… that the God of Israel really is the almighty, powerful God.  Terrible hail would come, and anyone or anything left outside would die.
  • Some of the Egyptians listened and lived, while others did not listen.  They staid outside and died.  All crops or anything else outside went away.
  • Pharaoh said he would let the Israelites go just as soon as the hail went away.  Moses prayed, the hail went away, and Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites leave.

Exodus 10

  • Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and warned him of the next plague (plague eight): a ton of locusts… unless he let the Israelites leave.  At this point, Pharaoh’s officials pleaded with Pharaoh, telling him to just let the Israelites leave.
  • Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron back, asking just who all would leave with them.  Moses replied that everyone would leave… all flocks, herds, sons, daughters, men, women… everyone.  Pharaoh refused, saying only the men could go.
  • Moss raised his staff.  An east wind blew all that day and night.  The next morning, locusts devoured everything the hailstorm had not destroyed.  Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron.  After another prayer, a west wind blew that caused the locusts to leave.  Pharaoh STILL did not let the Israelites go.
  • So Moses raised his hand toward heaven, and Egypt experience three days of total darkness.  The Israelites once again experienced none of this.
  • Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron.  However, he would not let the livestock leave.  He screamed at Moses that he never wanted to see Moses’ face again.  If he did, he would kill Moses.

So as a quick guide, here are the plagues in order…

  1. Nile turns to blood
  2. Frogs
  3. Gnats
  4. Flies
  5. Livestock
  6. Boils
  7. Hail
  8. Locusts
  9. Darkness
  10. Death of firstborn