Most of you will recall the story of when Joseph found favor with God, saved the Egyptian people from a terrible 7 year famine, and then how his family moved to Egypt and after many years became the slaves of the Egyptians. God raised up Moses and Aaron to go to Pharoah to tell him to 'let My people go!' When Pharoah refuses to do so, God brings several plagues upon the Egyptians.
What you may not know, is that those plagues were not just an incentive to let His people go. Egypt had many, many gods and goddesses that they worshipped. This demonstration of power was not only to show the Israelites that their God was alive and could be trusted, but also to show the Egyptians that their gods were nothing. The confrontation that played out was the God of the Bible against the false gods of Egypt!
First plague: The water turned to blood on the Nile and all the rivers of Egypt, even in waters already drawn from the river and stored in pots. It caused a stink throughout the land.
Which god? Osiris was the chief god of the Nile. In addition, there was Nu, the god of the life of the Nile, also Hapimon the water bearer and Tauret.
Second Plague: Frogs in abundance infested the land of Egypt to the point where they were found in their houses and even their beds!
Which god? Hekt, half human half frog.
Third Plague: Aaron struck the dust of the earth with his rod and out came lice, biting gnats.
Which god? Geb was the god of the earth who was accredited with the bounty of the soil.
Fourth Plague: Swarms of bloodsucking gadflies, in their houses and on the ground.
Which god? Khepri had the head of a fly.
Fifth Plague: Death of Cattle and Livestock
Which god? Apis, the Bull god; Hathor, the cow-headed god.
Sixth Plague: Moses took ashes and threw them in the air, bringing boils and sores on man and beast.
Which god? Isis, goddess of medicine and peace; Thoth, god of intelligence and medical learning.
Seventh Plague: A tempest of hail, fire and thunder.
Which god? Nut, goddess of the sky; Horus, the sky god; Shu, the wind god.
Eighth Plague: Locusts, this directly affected their food supply.
Which god? Nepri, the grain god; Ermutet, goddess of child birth and crops.
Ninth Plague: Thick darkness
Which god? Ra, god of the sun;
Tenth Plague: Death of the firstborn.
Which god? The Pharoah's of Egypt were often worshipped and deified. He was believed to be the son of Ra manifest in the flesh.
After all these plagues were initiated, where were these great gods of Egypt that the people worshipped? They were no match for the God of the Universe!!
It's interesting to note the several times it mentions that these plagues affected only the Egyptians and their land. Even during the absolute darkness there was natural light in the dwellings of the Israelites.
Although the magicians were able to repeat the first two plagues, they could not replicate the others.
Next, I will be looking into the plagues of Egypt and the coming judgments in the book of Revelation to see if there's any correlation.
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