Friday, August 11, 2023

August 11, 2023

The plagues God thrust upon the Egyptians were significant in that they had meaning beyond the destruction of people, animals, and property. The Egyptians worshipped the river, animals, and other things, so when God destroyed them, the power of their so-called gods showed they were void of control and revealed to them that God was the most powerful. 

In the fifth plague, God killed all their horses, donkeys, camels, oxen, and sheep. They worshipped gods representing the ox, cow, and ram. He struck them in their idolatry. 

In the sixth plague, God had Moses throw ashes in the air. This particular act focuses their attention on their human sacrifices, which during certain times of the year, they would burn people alive and then throw their ashes in the air as a blessing. However, when Moses threw the ashes in the air, God caused boils on the Egyptian's skin. The burning feeling they received was significant to their heinous act of sacrificing humans!

The seventh plague hit them particularly hard because it was something that they had never experienced since they became a nation; rain, hail, and lightning. Their water supply came from the dew and the overflow of the Nile. God destroyed all of their crops and burned their cattle with lightning. This plague affected them mentally. 

For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. Exodus 9:14

While destroying the Egyptians, God protected Israel. The main point of today's devotional is that God protects his people. God will soon bring his vengeance upon the people of the earth for their worship of other gods and their heinous sacrifices; however, his children will not experience his wrath; that is for the unbelievers. 

Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail. Exodus 9:26

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