Exodus Chapter 7 brought us a staff turning into a snake and water turning into blood. Can Chapter 8 top that? The title deals with a plague of frogs, so Chapter 8 is definitely going to try to top Chapter 7!
“So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land. But the magicians did the same things by their secret arts; they also made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.” – Exodus 8:6-7
First, impossible. Second, the Pharaoh’s magicians do the same, so God is playing both sides, again.
“But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said.” – Exodus 8:15
No, Pharaoh did not harden his heart. God hardened the Pharaoh’s heart. Let us never forget that.
“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. But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not.” – Exodus 8:17-18
God finally decides to stop playing both sides. The magicians can produce frogs, but I guess God puts his foot down when it comes to gnats. LOL!
“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.” – Exodus 8:24
Another scientifically impossible event. One has to ignore reality to believe this happened.
“But this time also Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the people go.” – Exodus 8:32
Nope, it was God that hardened the Pharaoh’s heart. There’s plenty of scripture before this as proof.
Yes, Chapter 8 definitely battled Chapter 7 for absolute craziness! Instead of staff/snakes and water/blood we had frogs, gnats, and flies. God played both sides of the aisle for the frogs, but decided gnats and flies were beyond the magicians. Seems to me flies and gnats would be easier to produce than frogs, but I’m just a mere believer in science. 🙂
Coming Soon: Exodus – Chapter 9: The Plague on Livestock