Would this be what you would choose? Would it be your choice to have another night with a bedfull of frogs?
We have been reading and studying these early chapters in the book of Exodus. We recently looked at these strong words in Exodus Chapter 6 verses six to eight, which is really the Gospel according to Moses - this must have encouraged Moses’ heart. It is all about what Almighty God would do and can do, and does do.
In Chapter 7 at verse 1, the anointing and authority of God grows stronger, and these two brothers are going to need it.
There will be a demonstration of the power of God, and if Pharaoh does not pay attention to that there will be destruction.
We see here something the amazing loving patience of God - let My People Go - I will show you - and if you do not let My People Go - then I will do it.
A tussle ensues. Imagine any man being so silly and stupid as to enter into a tussle with the living God. Yet that is what Pharaoh does.
We have the incident of the snakes and Aaron's snake eating up the magicians snakes. Check it out! The evil one can perform miracles too - and very similar miracles - but the miracles of the living God are greater. Aaron must have walked out from Pharaoh's presence with a staff thicker than when he came in!
Pharaoh would not listen nor pay much attention and ten dreadful plagues follow.
BLOOD. The water was fouled up - transformed into blood. The river Nile was worshipped as a god, and Moses aims a decisive blow at the powerlessness of their religion.
Moses is not being very ‘politically correct', but Pharaoh has to come to recognise who the living God is.
FROGS - crawling all over the place - everywhere - and these silly stupid Egyptian magicians joined in and even made more frogs! Moses is in complete control of all of this - I will start it all and I will stop it - when the time is right!
When Moses asked Pharaoh when he would like the plague of frogs stopped he replied, “To-morrow"! To-morrow? Why not today? Why not now?
Over the years I have heard people say - “O, to-morrow I will consider coming to Jesus Christ - when I have sorted something out - when I have retired - when I have more time - when it is convenient. " I have never known anyone who has said that type of thing who has ever come to real saving faith in Jesus Christ. Procrastination is a terrible thing.
GNATS - the Egyptian magicians could not produce GNATS (Lice) and they say to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God". Chapter 8 verse 19. These men are gradually beginning to see that it is Almighty God who is behind all of these plagues.
FLIES - but in Goshen, where the people of God lived - verses 22 and 23 - there will be no flies on them. They were different. They were distinct. If people say to you - “there are no flies on you" - take it as a real compliment - it is a sign that you are among the people of God. The people of God are different - distinct - and if you are ‘born again’ in the fullest New Testament sense, then you will be different from so many people around you in the world.
ANIMALS - Chapter 9 - the livestock - cattle were regarded as sacred - one by one the gods of Egypt are challenged and exposed. No Israeli cow or camel was touched. This aroused Pharaoh's curiosity - Chapter 9 verse 7. But mere curiosity is never enough. There has to be more.
BOILS - on men and animals, and the poor Egyptian magicians could not stand because of the boils. Verse 11 - yes, do check it out in your Bible. It is important that we see what is actually there.
HAIL - which killed everything out of doors. In verses 18 and 19 there is a gospel word - a word of good news - a word of shelter and safety. In Christ Jesus God has provided shelter and safety and spiritual security. But in verse 20 and 21 we read that there was a mixed response. Do we not reap a mixed response today? So similar!
Notice this - the plagues become more severe and progressive - discomfort to disease to danger and finally death.
LOCUSTS - where everything green just vanishes.
DARKNESS - which is always a portent of impending doom - this is rich symbolism in a land where they worshipped the sun. Can you imagine what it must have been like to be plunged in darkness?
At the end of Chapter 10 there are some revealing and significant words.
We see here something of how the wrath of God grows and increases - until we come to the final plague which we have dealt with in detail during the Passover - the death of the first born in the land - and this I have written about and explained in previous articles.
God was coming to Pharaoh one step behind the man of God. How frequently we have found that. When we receive the ministry of the man whom Jesus Christ sends, we receive the blessing of God in some real and often tangible way. We are blessed.
The opposite can be true too - and that does happen.
Not one plague touched the children of Israel. God loves to care for His Children. They had light - their skins were clear and clean - their animals lived. They had no frogs. He promises to protect us, and He does.
They were protected from the mighty acts of judgment. This shows how these were not natural phenomena.
There even came that point where Pharaoh's servants were saying - “Please let them go". Chapter 10 verse 7.
In the Book of Revelation in Chapter 16 - these plagues return - and men do not repent - just as Pharaoh did not repent. Do check that out too. It is vital.
Decide that you are not going to spend another night with ‘the frogs'!
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children's Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, and writes a weekly commentary at http://www.studylight.org entitled “Word from Scotland" on various biblical themes, as well as a weekly newspaper column.
His M. A. and B. D.degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly to maintain a level of physical fitness.