Ten Plagues and Destruction of Ten gods
Clash of Titans: The Israelites became slaves in Egypt. The Egyptians had their own gods. In those days each tribe of people had their own gods. When one nation won the other nation in war, it was considered that the winning nation’s god is superior and powerful. Even as we see in India there are 33 crores of gods. Among them three are outstanding. The god of Sivites is Sivan. The god of Vaishnavites is Vishnu. The god of the brahmites is Brahman. These three are the chief mumoorthy. Like this the Egyptians had three chief gods and seven sub gods to them.
If you ask of the Israelites their gods, they know no name of their god. He was called Abraham, Isaac and Jacob God. They were slaves for 4 decades. They know nothing about the God of Israel. Which God is greater the Egyptian or Israelite? The god whom the Israelites worshipped has kept them slaves under the Egyptians. They found their powerless before the Egyptian gods. So the Israelites worshipped the Egyptian gods.
Now Yahweh God calls Moses in the burning bush. He gives him a sign. When he put his hand in his cloak, when he took it out , the skin was leprous. When he put it back and took it out it was normal. The people when they sign they were amazed and wondered what this God would to bring them out of slavery. (Exo 4:9 NIV) But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.” They were thinking our God would make the rod into serpent and back to the rod. He can cause leprous hand and restore to normal. But is he more powerful than the Egyptian gods? If He were powerful, he should have delivered us from slavery long ago!
First Plague: The father god of Egypt is called Hapi-the Egyptian god of the Nile.
Egypt is a desert and the Nile River is a perennial river which is making it rich for vegetation. In those days it was not called Nile but Hapi the father god. This god gives water to drink, cook and do vegetation. Pharaoh comes in the morning to worship the father god and proceeds for his duties. When Aaron dipped the staff in the waters of Hapi, it turned blood. (Exo 7:21 NIV) The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt.
Now the Israelites were exited our God is a big God. Our God is bigger and greater than the Egyptian Hapi god. Our God is a great God. He turned the water into Blood.
Second Plague: Frogs- Heket-goddess of fertility, water and renewal:
Remember in the first plague the fishes in the Nile River died smelling so bad. This is fourth chief god. He is responsible of taking a person from this world to the other world. The Egyptians lived in the east of Nile. They buried their mummies in the west because the Sun is going to the other side. They kept the bodies with their favorite things like combs, dresses, seeds etc. God allowed frog gods and all the frog gods died and stank. Israelites are seeing Heket is hit and our God is more powerful than them. Pharaoh was telling them to go with conditions but God hardened his heart. (Exo 8:5 NIV) Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the streams and canals and ponds, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.'”
Heket had the head of a frog. God brought their gods into their homes. (Exo 8:11 NIV) The frogs will leave you and your houses, your officials and your people; they will remain only in the Nile.”
Pharaoh’s magicians were able to bring more frogs. But only Moses was able to make the frogs go away.
People in India believe in many rebirths. (Heb 9:27 NIV) Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. (Joh 14:6 NIV) Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Third Plague- Lice- Geb- god over the Dust of the earth:
This is god of vegetation too. (Exo 8:17 NIV) They did this, and when Aaron stretched out his hand with the staff and struck the dust of the ground, gnats came on people and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats. Man was taken from the dust of the earth. When man sinned, God cursed it. The magicians of Egypt could not produce it. They exclaimed “This is the finger of God”.
(Psa 91:10 NIV) no harm will overtake you; no disaster will come near your tent. (Psa 121:7 NIV) The LORD will keep you from all harm– he will watch over your life. (Deu 7:15 NIV) The LORD will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you.
Fourth Plague- Flies- Khepri- god of creation, movement of the sun:
In the desert there were insects. He is the god in control of the insects. It had the head of a fly. (Exo 8:24 NIV) And the LORD did this. Dense swarms of flies poured into Pharaoh’s palace and into the houses of his officials; throughout Egypt the land was ruined by the flies.
These flies are similar to mosquitoes.
Fifth Plague- hathor, Opus- head of a cow:
In the desert opus god and also Jeroboam. (Exo 9:6 NIV) And the next day the LORD did it: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one animal belonging to the Israelites died. This plague caused a huge economic disaster. Our God is greater than Opus.
Calf worship in India. Our God hit the livestock of Egypt that they died.
Sixth Plague- Boils- Isis- goddess of medicine and peace:
Chicken pox they connect to god. They were advanced in medicine. God beat that god. (Exo 9:9 NIV) It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on people and animals throughout the land.”
Seventh Plague- Hail Storm- Nut-goddess of the sky:
(Exo 9:22-24 NIV) Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that hail will fall all over Egypt–on people and animals and on everything growing in the fields of Egypt.” When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, the LORD sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the LORD rained hail on the land of Egypt;
Hail fell and lightning flashed back and forth. It was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation.
God gave an opportunity for Egyptians to obey. (Exo 9:20 NIV) Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the LORD hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside.
Eighth Plague- Grasshoppers- Seth-god of storms and disorder- Locusts:
They protect from grasshoppers. (Exo 10:14-15 NIV) they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again. They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail–everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.
Ninth Plague- Darkness- Ra- the sun god- three days of complete darkness:
This is mother goddess of hapi the father god. The God of Hebrews has destroyed the power of the sun god. (Exo 10:23 NIV) No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived. The Egyptians worshipped the sun giving light. Darkness was a representation of death, judgment and hopelessness. Darkness was a complete absence of light.
(Isa 60:1-2 NIV) “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
Tenth Plague- Pharoah- Ultimate power of Egypt- Death of the Firstborn:
To the father god hapi and mother godess ra is born the son Pharoah. Every first born child is considered divine. God struck the firstborn humans and animals too.
(Exo 12:7-8 NIV) Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. (Exo 12:12 NIV) “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD.
(Exo 12:3-4 NIV) Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat.
What decisions do you make for your family? Get together, praying and seeking God as family?
A lot of people are good at taking care of the physical part of their lives, watching their diets and working out. And many pay attention to taking care of their emotional needs. But most people today don’t take care of the spiritual part of their lives. When there’s no connection or minimal connection to God, you’re not going to be your best. Your lives will be more rewarding, more fulfilling, when you’re in relationship with your Creator. He breathed life into you. He knows what your purpose is, both individually and as a couple. He knows what you can accomplish.
When you make God a part of your lives, you’ll go further than you can in just your own abilities and talents. God’s favor on your lives will take you where your talents could not take you. He wants to give you the advantage for success. If you want to reach your highest potential, take care of the total you. Make your spiritual lives a priority. When you get up in the morning, take time to thank God for the day. Start the day off with a grateful attitude. Read the Scripture, meditate on His promises, and fill your minds with thoughts of faith, hope, and victory. Put God first, and He will crown your efforts with success.
Father, thank You that You invited us into a relationship with You. We want to put You first and have You direct our lives. Thank You for speaking to us through Your Word and giving us Your promises. We believe that You will bring fulfillment to our lives in Jesus’ Name. Amen.