Exodus 8 (paraphrased)
The Plague of Frogs
God told Moses to go to Pharoah and say, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Let my people go. If you refuse, I’ll plague your whole country with frogs, the Nile, your homes and all your people.’ ”
Then God said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the streams, canals and ponds and make frogs cover the land.’ ” So Aaron did as God said and frogs covered the land. (Yuck. Sucks for the Egyptians. P shoulda listened, huh?)
But then the magicians copied Aaron. Pharoah said to Moses and Aaron, “Ask God to remove the frogs from us and I’ll let your people go to offer sacrifices to him.” Moses said, “Set the time for me to pray for you and your peeps so he’ll remove the frogs except for those that remain in the Nile.”
“Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said. Moses replied, “So you may know there is no one like the Lord our God. The frogs will leave except to remain only in the Nile.” Moses and Aaron left and Moses cried out to God. The Lord did as Moses asked. The frogs died in the houses, courtyards and in the fields. They were piled into heaps and the land reeked of them. But when Pharoah saw there was relief, what do you think happened? He’s a complete idiot, so, of course, he hardened his heart again and wouldn’t listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord said.
The Plague of Gnats
The God told Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust on the ground and throughout Egypt, the dust will become gnats.’ ” Aaron did as God asked and gnats came upon men and animals. All the dust became gnats. But when the magicians tried to do this, they couldn’t. The magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But, again, Pharaoh would not listen.
The Plague of Flies
God told Moses, “Get up early and confront Pharoah as he goes to the water and say, ‘This is what God says: Let my peeps go, so they may worship me. Refuse and I’ll send swarms of flies on you, your people, your houses, even on the ground. On that day, I’ll deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so you’ll know that I, the Lord, am in this land. This will occur tomorrow.’ ” So the Lord did as he said. The flies came and the land was ruined.
Then Pharoah called Moses and Aaron saying, “Go, sacrifice to your God here in the land.” Moses said no, because he feared the Egyptians would stone them. He said they needed to take a 3-day journey into the desert as God commands them and Pharoah agreed and asked Moses to pray for him.
Moses agreed to pray and tomorrow the flies will leave, but told Pharoah to not act deceitfully again by not letting the people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord. Moses prayed, God did as Moses asked, the flies left. And, again, Pharoah would not let the people go.
I wonder why God has not struck Pharoah down by now. What do you think God should do to Pharaoh after all that God has shown him and still he denies God? God is much more gentle, forgiving and patient than I am.
I’m learning all kinds of things reading this Book. I thought all this stuff was done by Moses. At least, I do not ever recall being told Aaron did anything as Moses did. I’m so happy to be learning the truth.