LESSON 34 – The Plagues Part 2 – Exodus 8-11

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LESSON 34 – The Plagues Part 2 – Exodus 8-11

Discussion

  • Why do you think that God sent the plagues on Egypt?(By demonstrating His power and sovereignty over Creations God showed Israel their true God [Ex. 6:3] and showed Egypt their gods were false. Bring judgment that was due to the Egyptians.) Each plague was a personal attack on a god (or gods) they revered. They had over 80 gods that were responsible for everything that happened in their lives – or so they thought! Here’s a way to help you and your children memorize the plagues:
    • Blood, frogs, gnats and flies,
    • Cattle died
    • Boils, hail, locusts, dark
    • Egypt wails, all depart
  • Go over each plague with your family and fill out the following chart together. The god or gods at which each plague was aimed is included as well.  I have included only plagues 1-9, as we will discuss plague #10 in tomorrow’s lesson.
Plague # Plague Egyptian god it is aimed at Pharaoh’s reaction Significance
1 Nile turned to blood Hapi  – the Nile River God – they saw the river  as the giver of life did not listen the river is now the giver of death
2 Frogs Hekt – Goddess of reproduction – the frog was thought to bring “good luck”
3 Gnats Seth or Seb – earth god – god of new beginnings, crops
4 Flies or beetles (could be either one) Beelzebub – god of the flies – his job was to keep the flies off of the sacrifices

Khephera – Scarab beetle god of creative energy and eternal life

5 Cattle die Apis – the sacred bull – god of strength

Hathor – the sacred cow – goddess of joy, love and pleasure

6 Boils Set or Sutek – among other things god of suffering, cursing death
7 Hail with fire Shu – god of the atmosphere, heat, air, dryness, winds
8 Locusts Serapis – god of protecting Egypt from locusts
9 Darkness Ra – God of the  sun, magic, prosperity, spells, rituals, destiny, right, truth -

 

Application

    • The Egyptians and their Pharaoh have lost almost everything they cherished: grain for bread, fish, and all their cattle.  The Pharaoh has tried to compromise several times with Moses’ demand to “Let my people go.” {The men can go, but no one else; the people but not the flocks, etc.} But his heart is still hardened against the true God and Israel.  It’s easy to get angry with Pharaoh or criticize him for his unbelief, pride and stubbornness. However, this story is a good reminder for all of us not to refuse to see the hand of God working around us and upon us.  I came across a quote from an unknown writer from the 1800’s that puts it perfectly: “If we look inward, and see how we have withstood the commands of God, and how little effect either His judgments or His mercies have produced on us, we should find little occasion to exult over Pharaoh.”  Pharaoh had been led to believe his whole life that hewas God. He needed to let go of that lie.  We today live by “lies” that we have been conditioned to believe by the world and the media around us, such as:
      • I can be accepted by God by doing good things.
      • I am basically a good person
      • In order to get what I want from life I have to take it
      • I need to esteem myself in order to be happy; I need to trust myself
      • Death is the end of life
      • Just like Pharaoh, we want our own way and do not yield ourselves to God and His will.  How can we tell if we have this kind of attitude?  The things we say reflect our attitudes of unbelief and pride. See if any of these sound familiar or are spoken by you or your family members:
        • Why did this difficulty come to me?
        • What can’t anything go my way?
        • Why am I (or another) suffering like this?
        • How can I be happy without _____________ (what you consider important) in my life?
        • If God loves me, what does He treat me like this?

        [These were paraphrased and taken from CTO: Who’s In Charge, page II-G, 2]

      • Identify what “plague” or problem is in your life right now. What should our attitude be when the “plagues” of life come? First we need to realize, like the Pharaoh did not, that the trouble comes from the hand of God. He knew this was going to happen and He allowed it. (See Is. 29:16, 45:9; Rom. 9:20,21) Next, we need to be thankful. Thankful? Yes. The Israelites could see that God was making a way for them and showing them His power so they could be confident as they left their homes for the Promised Land. We need to realize that everything that happens to us is because God is working in our lives for our good and our growth. (See Phil. 1:3-6;; I Thes. 5:16-18) Then think about your trial or problem the same way you looked at the plagues and their significance. We saw that the plagues were illuminating the fact that what the Egyptians believed about life was wrong. So, ask yourself: What are you trying to teach me? What do I believe that contrary to the truth? What sins do I need to confess? How can I obey You specifically at this time? May we never be like unbelieving Pharaoh, oblivious to God and His work! May we instead, learn from our difficulties, be comforted by knowing that God loves us and will see us through to victory. (I Cor. 15:57,58)

Digging Deeper

    1. How has God shown His mighty “right hand” and His merciful “left-hand” to you? Has anything “plague-like” happened to you to get your attention? Since you know that God always matures and grows His people, could you be facing an attention-getting event in the near future? Identify one area of pride or unbelief that God has convicted you of. Then find five verses (and not any from the above section) that will help you (or have helped you in the past) trust God when you face your “plague”.
    2. Does God send plagues on people today? Are today’s disasters results of natural causes or self-inflicted? How would you categorize AIDS or the possibility of a world wide bird flu epidemic? Support your answer with scripture references.