Today's passage: Exodus 8
- Plagues 2-4 are described in today's chapter.
- When the nation was overwhelmed with frogs, the magicians made more.
- When Moses asked Pharaoh when he wanted the frogs to leave, he said, “Tomorrow!”
- A little humor in this narrative…
- There was no request or warning in this plague. God simply brought it about.
- Because the magicians were unable to mimic the miracle, they now became intimidated.
- Regardless of why God allowed these magicians to repeat the previous miracles, the effect of their inability this time was to add increasing pressure on Pharaoh.
- Pharaoh promised a second time to let the Israelites go. But once the pressure was off, his heart was hardened and he went back on his word.
- Pharaoh and the people of Egypt were going to know who the Lord is. This includes the knowledge that Pharaoh was not the most powerful in Egypt! The plagues repeatedly put Pharaoh in his place. His resistance to the truth cost his people dearly.
Questions to consider:
- What would some of the consequences have been of the first four plagues? What would all the water turning to blood and that many frogs, gnats and flies do to the land? What did their arrival and schedule departure communicate about the power and authority of God?
- Moses gives Pharaoh two reasons the Israelites needed to go out into the wilderness to sacrifice in verses 25-27. What are they? Which was the practical reason Pharaoh would be quick to understand and which was the deeper, true reason?
- Who had told Moses where to go and what to say? How can reasoning with people (as Moses did) be helpful? Why are God's commands all we really need? Why is that enough?