Day 159: Exodus 9:13–16

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13 And the Lord said unto Moses, “Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me”.

14 “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.”

15 “For now I will stretch out My Hand, that I may smite thee with pestilence; and thou shall be cut off from the earth.”

16 “And in the very deed for this CAUSE have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee My power; and that My Name will be declared throughout all the earth.”

Jacob had moved his family to Egypt while a seven year drought was going on in Canaan, now Israel. The king of Egypt welcomed them because Jacob’s son, Joseph (whom his brothers sold as a slave into Egypt) was favored by this king. The descendants of Jacob lived there for 430 years in peace, until a new king turned them into slaves. God sends Moses to free them, but this ‘Pharaoh’ has a hardened heart and refuses to let them go.

Because of his hardened and controlling heart, God releases ten plagues on Egypt, killing crops, herds, and families. The Egyptians consider their king a god; the son of Ra, a powerful sun god. The drought ends, but Jacob’s family doesn’t leave, even though Jacob and his 12 sons have died. There are so many descendants that the king is concerned with the immigrants taking over, so he tries to break them down with cruel and hard labor. He hopes this will slow down the birth rate — population control, which doesn’t work.

Next he tries genocide, ordering midwives to kill all newborn boys, but they refuse to do it (prolifers?). So, the “final solution” (where have we heard those words before?) is for the Egyptians to show ‘patriotism’ by throwing any Israelite’s baby boys into the Nile river. Clean and simple, no funeral and no clean-up. Is all the killing and destruction we are seeing right now a supposedly false sense of ‘patriotism’? Let’s kill all the black people, let’s kill all the white people, let’s kill all the cops? Where does this end? Because children are being killed, yet where is the whole world’s outcry of that?

I see this being played out, today, but the plagues are somewhat different, though not all. I see planet earth as Egypt, and I see the Pharaoh as the powers that be, at least some think they are, in the same stubborn and hardened way, causing all of us to suffer under it’s rule. God takes care of His own.

The ten plagues actually follow a cycle of natural disasters, each one triggering the next one.

The ten plagues were:

When the Children of Israel were finally freed of Egyptian rule, God said to Moses in Chapter 12:2, “This month shall be unto you the beginning of the months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.”

The Jewish calendar begins with Creation, and does not follow the Julian calendar (Julius Caesar). Julius Caesar ordered a calendar of twelve months about 45 B.C., based on a solar year. The Hebrew calendar is at 5780–81 for our current year of 2020. They are expecting the Messiah (Jesus Second Coming, to Christians) in their year of 6000. That’s still over 200 years away…I hope it’s sooner, so that our world can enter the 1000 year’s of peace.



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Mary EK Denison

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