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     A.    The story of the Israelites’ bondage in Egypt and their deliverance holds great significance for us, for it clearly represents man’s bondage to sin, the futility of his works, and the Divine Grace of our merciful Father toward His children. Egypt, the most powerful empire on earth at that time, in essence represents the world’s brash arrogance, pride, self-sufficiency, uncleanness, corruption, delusion, and their false gods.         

             1.     Exodus 4:21-23 “The LORD said to Moses, ‘When you go back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go. Then you shall say to Pharaoh, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Israel is My son, My firstborn. So I said to you, “Let My son go that he may serve Me”; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn.’”’”    

                     a.      Please notice that in verse 22, God calls Israel His son, His firstborn. This is very significant, for it points to Christ, which we will address in later verses.              

             2.     Exodus 5:1 “And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, “Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.”’”              

             3.     Exodus 5:2 “But Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the LORD that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and besides, I will not let Israel go.’”   

                     a.      “Who is the LORD that I should obey His voice,” or in other words that I should listen to Him? Isn’t that just like us when we desire to do something contrary to His Word? Sin is just that, doing what we want to do instead of what God wants us to do. We are born into sin, crying and screaming for what we want. Children, what would you think if you witnessed a 56-year-old man throwing a temper tantrum? It would be disgusting, wouldn’t it? Yet a child who is not disciplined and is still throwing temper tantrums at age 5 or 6 is just as disgusting. And what about a ten- or twelve-year-old pouting because he did not get what he wanted? Is that not the same thing? If a child’s rebellion continues unabated, what will become of him when he goes out as a man? Quite frankly, Pharaoh’s pride and arrogance exemplifies the same rebellion in each of our hearts to varying degrees. So how is your heart? How is your obedience? Remember that God displays the power of His might when He says that every knee shall bow before Him. Many men in the twilight of their years commend themselves that they lived their lives their way. But God will not be mocked; they will bow their knee. If you are doing it your way, remember that you are living your life apart from God, and as rebellion continues to grow in your heart, so will the enmity between you and God. The church today is in delusion to think that God is a God of love who wouldn’t bring judgment on our country for the 1.5 million babies aborted each year; for sending our children to schools that instruct our children in anti-God propaganda; who allow our children to watch immorality each day on their televisions… It needs to wake up and see that we are living in the land of consequences—with increased crime, divorces, illegitimate children, poverty, gambling, murders, drought, tornadoes, fires, floods, 911…this is only the beginning of God’s judgment upon our country if we do not repent and bow our knee before Him. God is long suffering, but once His judgment comes, it comes in like a mighty flood. And, children, when you think in your hearts, “Who are my parents that I should listen to them and obey?” you are in actuality defying the Almighty God who placed them in authority over you, just as Pharaoh defied God.      

     B.     Oh, the arrogance of man, yet God will display the power of His might and that it is He who rules the earth.        

              1.     Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.”    

                      a.      Have you ever seen the magnificent power of God’s Hand as He sends the rushing waters that accompany storms and the effect if has on creeks and riverbeds? The channels move, setting an entire new course. So it is with man, even with kings, for God turns man’s heart in the direction that best suits His will. Our God is an awesome God!       

              2.     Daniel 4:19-32 “Then Daniel, whose name is Belteshazzar, was appalled for a while as his thoughts alarmed him. The king responded and said, ‘Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its interpretation alarm you.’ Belteshazzar replied, ‘My lord, if only the dream applied to those who hate you and its interpretation to your adversaries! The tree that you saw, which became large and grew strong, whose height reached to the sky and was visible to all the earth and whose foliage was beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in which was food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt and in whose branches the birds of the sky lodged—it is you, O king; for you have become great and grown strong, and your majesty has become great and reached to the sky and your dominion to the end of the earth. In that the king saw an angelic watcher, a holy one, descending from heaven and saying, “Chop down the tree and destroy it; yet leave the stump with its roots in the ground, but with a band of iron and bronze around it in the new grass of the field, and let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him share with the beasts of the field until seven periods of time pass over him,” this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king: that you be driven away from mankind and your dwelling place be with the beasts of the field, and you be given grass to eat like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven; and seven periods of time will pass over you, until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes. And in that it was commanded to leave the stump with the roots of the tree, your kingdom will be assured to you after you recognize that it is Heaven that rules….’ All this happened to Nebuchadnezzar the king. Twelve months later he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon. The king reflected and said, ‘Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?’ While the word was in the king’s mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: sovereignty has been removed from you, and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.’”     

                      a.      What a blessing! Not everyone is given the chance to be brought down to know that God rules and then brought back up. When we are in the prime of our youth, in our foolishness, we think that we are invincible, don’t we? We think as Nebuchadnezzar did that we did it all—for is this not great, what I myself have done—for the glory of my majesty! When I was a young man, I used to wrestle other men bigger than me and thought how strong I was, yet strength soon becomes weakness in a few short years. I am getting older and realize that strength without God is futile, for our purpose is to glorify God. If you are not glorifying God but are instead building for your own majesty, reflect on Nebuchadnezzar before it is too late. God’s Word is always true. Live by His Word, and you will be blessed; live apart from His Word, and you will be cursed.        

              3.     Revelation 17:17 “For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled.”       

     C.     Since the Egyptians believed in the magical powers of their gods of nature, God used the very nature they worshipped to show that their gods were false and powerless. Thus each of the plagues destroyed the authority, and consequently the validity, of the Egyptian’s false gods, ultimately proving that the “I AM” was the one and only true God. The plagues were also justly rendered for Egypt’s cruel treatment of God’s people, further serving as a warning to other nations. And as we shall see later, God’s manifestation of His might and power also helped establish the faith of His chosen people.        

              1.     Genesis 12:3 “And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse…”        

              2.     Exodus 9:29 “Moses said to him, ‘As soon as I go out of the city, I will spread out my hands to the LORD; the thunder will cease and there will be hail no longer, that you may know that the earth is the LORD’s.’”       

              3.     Exodus 19:5 “Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine.”        

              4.     Isaiah 66:1,2 “Thus says the LORD, ‘Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool…for My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,’ declares the LORD…”       

              5.     Hebrews 10:31 “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” 

I.    FIRST PLAGUE     

      A.     Since the Egyptians worshipped the Nile as their source of life and nourishment, God turned their life-giving Nile into blood, which brought death, thus showing that only the True God brought life through the blood of His firstborn Son.        

               1.     Exodus 7:14-25 “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Pharaoh’s heart is stubborn; he refuses to let the people go. Go to Pharaoh… You shall say to him, “The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, ‘Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness. But behold, you have not listened until now.’ Thus says the LORD, ‘By this you shall know that I am the LORD: behold, I will strike the water that is in the Nile with the staff that is in my hand, and it will be turned to blood. The fish that are in the Nile will die, and the Nile will become foul, and the Egyptians will find difficulty in drinking water from the Nile.’”’ Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron, “Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, over their streams, and over their pools, and over all their reservoirs of water, that they may become blood; and there will be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.”’ So Moses and Aaron did even as the LORD had commanded. And he lifted up the staff and struck the water that was in the Nile, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, and all the water that was in the Nile was turned to blood. The fish that were in the Nile died, and the Nile became foul, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. And the blood was through all the land of Egypt. But the magicians of Egypt did the same with their secret arts; and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had said. Then Pharaoh turned and went into his house with no concern even for this. So all the Egyptians dug around the Nile for water to drink, for they could not drink of the water of the Nile. Seven days passed after the LORD had struck the Nile.” 

II. SECOND PLAGUE     

     A.     In God’s Word, frogs represent evil and uncleanness, and since all evil and all uncleanness is obnoxious in the ears and eyes of God, He made the noise of the croaking frogs and the stench of their bodies obnoxious in the ears and eyes of the people.        

              1.     Revelation 16:13,14 “And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.”        

              2.     Exodus 8:1-15 “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go to pharaoh and say to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Let My people go, that they may serve Me. But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite your whole territory with frogs. The Nile will swarm with frogs, which will come up and go into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed, and into the houses of your servants and on your people, and into your ovens and into your kneading bowls. So the frogs will come up on you and your people and all your servants.’”’ Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron, “Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the streams and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.”’ So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. The magicians did the same with their secret arts, making frogs come up on the land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, ‘Entreat the LORD that He remove the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the LORD.’ Moses said to Pharaoh, ‘The honor is yours to tell me: when shall I entreat for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs be destroyed from you and your houses, that they may be left only in the Nile?’ Then he said, ‘Tomorrow.’ So he said, ‘May it be according to your word, that you may know that there is no one like the LORD our God. The frogs will depart from you and your houses and your servants and your people; they will be left only in the Nile.’ Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried to the LORD concerning the frogs which He had inflicted upon Pharaoh. The LORD did according to the word of Moses, and the frogs died out of the houses, the courts, and the fields. So they piled them in heaps, and the land became foul. But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not listen to them, as the LORD had said.” 

III. THIRD PLAGUE     

     A.     Lice represented the god of the earth, thus God showed man that both he and the earth were under God’s curse because of their rebellion—their sin.       

             1.     Genesis 3:17-19 “Then to Adam He said, ‘Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, “You shall not eat from it”; cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; and you will eat the plants of the field; by the sweat of your face you will eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’”        

             2.    Exodus 8:16-19 “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron, “Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, that it may become lice through all the land of Egypt.”’ They did so; and Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff, and struck the dust of the earth, and there were lice on man and beast. All the dust of the earth became lice through all the land of Egypt. The magicians tried with their secret arts to bring forth lice, but they could not; so there were lice on man and beast. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, ‘This is the finger of God.’ But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had said.”

                    a.      Consider the vast importance of spiritual discernment, for Satan always tries to duplicate what God does. Talkative in Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress talked the talk so that he could fall in with anyone. The tares look just like the wheat. All the antichrists leading up to the final Antichrist have come with signs and wonders that have led people astray. We must be able to distinguish between the Jannes and the Jambres and the Moses and the Aaron. Truth is always in alignment with God’s Word.

              3.     Deuteronomy 18:18,20-22 “I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”              

              4.     Deuteronomy 13:1-5 (KJV) “If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shalt be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.”              

              5.     Jeremiah 29:8,9 “For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Do not let your prophets who are in your midst and your diviners deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams which they dream. For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them,’ declares the LORD.”              

              6.     1 John 4:1 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 

IV. FOURTH PLAGUE     

     A.     Up to this time the Israelites had been equally affected by the plagues; however, now God set His people apart from the Egyptians. So by destroying Beelzebub, the lord of the flies (another name for Satan), He showed His people that He was delivering them from the power of Satan, so that they would not be tormented day and night for all eternity.        

              1.     Matthew 12:24 “But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, ‘This man casts out demons only by Beelzebub the ruler of the demons.’”       

              2.     Luke 11:15 “But some of them said, ‘He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.’”       

              3.     Exodus 8:20-24,32 “Now the LORD said to Moses, ‘Rise early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh, as he comes out to the water, and say to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Let My people go, that they may serve Me. For if you do not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and on your servants and on your people and into your houses; and the houses of the Egyptians will be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they dwell. But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where My people are living, so that no swarms of flies will be there, in order that you may know that I, the LORD, am in the midst of the land. I will put a division between My people and your people. Tomorrow this sign will occur.’”’ Then the LORD did so. And there came great swarms of flies into the house of Pharaoh and the houses of his servants and the land was laid waste because of the swarms of flies in all the land of Egypt…. But Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also, and he did not let the people go.” 

V.  FIFTH PLAGUE     

     A.     Egyptians believed that their gods’ spirits inhabited animals and especially regarded cattle as sacred.        

              1.     Exodus 9:1-7 “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh and speak to him, “Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, ‘Let My people go, that they may serve Me. For if you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them, behold, the hand of the LORD will come with a very severe pestilence on your livestock which are in the field, on the horses, on the donkeys, on the camels, on the herds, and on the flocks. But the LORD will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt, so that nothing will die of all that belongs to the sons of Israel.’”’ The LORD set a definite time saying, ‘Tomorrow the LORD will do this thing in the land.’ So the LORD did this thing on the next day, and all the livestock of Egypt died; but of the livestock of the sons of Israel, not one died. Pharaoh sent, and behold, there was not even one of the livestock of Israel dead. But the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go.”     

                      a.      It is very significant that all of the Egyptians’ livestock died. All! They had nothing to provide for themselves, nothing in which to provide for the Passover, yet none of the Israelites’ livestock died, for God is the One who provides for His people, and thus provided the Lamb for the Passover to come.  

VI. SIXTH PLAGUE      

     A.     God caused boils to break out on the bodies of the Egyptians, representing the corruption of their flesh.               

              1.     Exodus 9:8-17 “Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Take for yourselves handfuls of soot from a kiln, and let Moses throw it toward the sky in the sight of Pharaoh. It will become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and will become boils breaking out with sores on man and beast through all the land of Egypt.’ So they took soot from a kiln, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses threw it toward the sky, and it became boils breaking out with sores on man and beast. The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were on the magicians as well as on all the Egyptians. And the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not listen to them, just as the LORD had spoken to Moses. Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Rise up early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh and say to him, “Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, ‘Let My people go, that they may serve Me. For this time I will send all My plagues on you and your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is no one like Me in all the earth. For if by now I had put forth My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, you would then have been cut off from the earth. But, indeed, for this reason I have allowed you to remain, in order to show you My power and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth. Still you exalt yourself against My people by not letting them go.’”’”                      

                      a.      Men see God’s hand every day, yet they still exalt themselves and go their own way. But notice that God allows them to remain in order to show them His power and in order to proclaim His name through the earth. Everything that happens is for God’s glory in order that His name be proclaimed throughout the earth. This body of Israelites was small in number, yet the other people of the earth feared them, for they had heard how powerful their God truly was.  

VII. SEVENTH PLAGUE     

     A.     The Egyptians believed that their sorcerers controlled the weather, so for this plague, Moses predicted the hailstorm a day before it actually occurred. Those who heeded God did not die. Hail is a form of God’s wrath mentioned in Revelation.        

              1.     Revelation 8:7 “The first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.”        

              2.     Revelation 16:21 “And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe.”       

              3.     Exodus 9:18-35 “‘Behold, about this time tomorrow, I will send a very heavy hail, such as has not been seen in Egypt from the day it was founded until now. Now therefore send, bring your livestock and whatever you have in the field to safety. Every man and beast that is found in the field and is not brought home, when the hail comes down on them, will die.’ The one among the servants of Pharaoh who feared the word of the LORD made his servants and his livestock flee into the houses; but he who paid no regard to the word of the LORD left his servants and his livestock in the field. Now the LORD said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that hail may fall on all the land of Egypt, on man and on beast and on every plant of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.’ Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and fire ran down to the earth. And the LORD rained hail on the land of Egypt. So there was hail, and fire flashing continually in the midst of the hail, very severe, such as had not been in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. The hail struck all that was in the field through all the land of Egypt, both man and beast; the hail also struck every plant of the field and shattered every tree of the field. Only in the land of Goshen, where the sons of Israel were, there was no hail. Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, ‘I have sinned this time; the LORD is the righteous one, and I and my people are the wicked ones. Make supplication to the LORD, for there has been enough of God’s thunder and hail; and I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer.’ Moses said to him, ‘As soon as I go out of the city, I will spread out my hands to the LORD; the thunder will cease and there will be hail no longer, that you may know that the earth is the LORD’s. But as for you and your servants, I know that you do not yet fear the LORD God.’ (Now the flax and the barley were ruined, for the barley was in the ear and the flax was in bud. But the wheat and the spelt were not ruined, for they ripen late.) So Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread out his hands to the LORD; and the thunder and the hail ceased, and rain no longer poured on the earth. But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, he sinned again and hardened his heart, he and his servants. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not let the sons of Israel go, just as the LORD had spoken through Moses.”    

                       a.     Notice that this was done that “you may know that the earth is the LORD’s”? All of history is truly His Story that all may know that “the earth is the LORD’s.” Yet there are those who profess to be Christians who doubt that God is the One who brings these things about.  

             1.     Job 37:2-6,10-13 “Listen closely to the thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that goes out from His mouth. Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, and His lightning to the ends of the earth. After it, a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, and He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard. God thunders with His voice wondrously, doing great things which we cannot comprehend. For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’ … From the breath of God ice is made, and the expanse of the waters is frozen. Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning. It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, that it may do whatever He commands it on the face of the inhabited earth. Whether for correction, or for His world, or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.” 

             2.     Job 38:22,23 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of distress, for the day of war and battle?” 

             3.     Genesis 6:17 “Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.” 

             4.     Genesis 19:24,25 “Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven, and He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.” 

             5.      Exodus 14:21 “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided.”  

             6.      Numbers 16:23-35 “Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the congregation, saying, “Get back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.”’ Then Moses arose and went to Dathan and Abiram, with the elders of Israel following him, and he spoke to the congregation, saying, ‘Depart now from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing that belongs to them, or you will be swept away in all their sin.’ So they got back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the doorway of their tents, along with their wives and their sons and their little ones. Moses said, ‘By this you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these deeds; for this is not my doing. If these men die the death of all men or if they suffer the fate of all men, then the LORD has not sent me. But if the LORD brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they descend alive into Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the LORD.’ As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open; and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions. So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly. All Israel who were around them fled at their outcry, for they said, ‘The earth may swallow us up!’ Fire also came forth from the LORD and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering the incense.” 

             7.     Jonah 1:17 “And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.” 

             8.     Jonah 4:6 “So the LORD God appointed a plant and it grew up over Jonah to be a shade over his head…” 

             9.     Jonah 4:8 “When the sun came up God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on Jonah’s head so that he became faint and begged with all his soul to die…” 

             10.   2 Kings 2:23,24 “Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, ‘Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!’ When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of their number.” 

             11.   Jeremiah 15:3 “‘I will appoint over them four kinds of doom,’ declares the LORD: ‘the sword to slay, the dogs to drag off, and the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.’” 

             12.   Leviticus 26:23,25 “And if by these things you are not turned to Me, but act with hostility against Me … I will also bring upon you a sword which will execute vengeance for the covenant; and when you gather together into your cities, I will send pestilence among you, so that you shall be delivered into enemy hands.” 

             13.   Numbers 14:11,12 “The LORD said to Moses, ‘How long will this people spurn Me? And how long will they not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst? I will smite them with pestilence and dispossess them…’” 

             14.   Deuteronomy 11:16,17 “Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them. Or the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you, and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its fruit; and you will perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you.” 

             15.   Jeremiah 24:10 “I will send the sword, the famine and the pestilence upon them until they are destroyed from the land which I gave to them and their forefathers.” 

             16.   Isaiah 46:9-11 “Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’; calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of My purpose from a far country. Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.” 

             17.   Luke 19:41-44 “When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, ‘If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.’” 

             18.   Acts 5:4,5 “‘…You have not lied to men but to God.’ And as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and breathed his last…” 

             19.   Acts 9:3-9 “As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ and He said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.’ The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight…”    

                      b.     Most of the men I speak with on my different job locations do not read God’s Word nor do they study history, so when I share instances of God’s providential Hand upon the events that have occurred in the past, many of them just look at me like I am an idiot who made up such nonsense. Yet many professing Christians think this same way because they have sat in their pews Sunday after Sunday listening to the blasphemous teaching of their pastors that God does not bring tornadoes, hail, storms, floods, or even things like 911. This truly reveals their lack of biblical literacy, for the Bible is full of verses declaring God’s sovereignty over all things. The stories are plentiful even in our own country of how God worked throughout our War for Independence. Children, have you studied the miraculous workings of our heavenly Father in delivering our little band of soldiers from the greatest world power? Parents, have you been faithful in teaching your children the marvelous wonders performed by our great God? Have you told them about the many fasts and prayers that were commissioned by our founding fathers? Have you told them about how the Puritans continually thanked God for His providence, but when drought and Indian attacks occurred in chastisement for their sins, how they sent out proclamations for everyone to fast and pray for God’s forgiveness of their sins and deliverance from the pestilence and the enemies God had sent? And then what do we have but records of His deliverance! God’s chastening is just beginning in this country if we do not turn our hearts back to our Father. We no longer honor the Lord’s Day, as businesses are open even on the Sabbath. We no longer acknowledge God in our schools. We murder over a million babies a year. Over half of marriages end in divorce. God’s day of reckoning is near—911 was just the beginning. But there is hope, for God says in 2 Chronicles 7:13,14: “If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 

              1.     2 Chronicles 20:9 “Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us.”    

                      c.     God has clearly set out the blessings He gives to those who obey Him and the curses He brings on those nations who disobey Him. And if you study history, you know that His promises are true. Let us read Deuteronomy 28 and take it to heart.  

VIII. EIGHTH PLAGUE     

     A.     God sent locusts to destroy the rest of the plants, making the land barren. This represented the barrenness of man’s spiritually corrupted lives. Locusts represent God’s army on the Day of the Lord.        

              1.     Joel 1:1-4 “The word of the LORD that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel: Hear this, O elders, and listen, all inhabitants of the land. Has anything like this happened in your days or in your fathers’ days? Tell your sons about it, and let your sons tell their sons, and their sons the next generation. What the gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten; and what the swarming locust has left, the creeping locust has eaten; and what the creeping locust has left, the stripping locust has eaten.”        

              2.     Joel 2:11 “The LORD utters His voice before His army; surely His camp is very great, for strong is He who carries out His word. The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome, and who can endure it?”       

              3.     Psalm 105:34,35 “He spoke, and locusts came, and young locusts, even without number, and ate up all vegetation in their land, and ate up the fruit of their ground.”       

              4.     Exodus 10:12-20 “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up on the land of Egypt and eat every plant of the land, even all that the hail has left.’ So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the LORD directed an east wind on the land all that day and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. The locusts came up over all the land of Egypt and settled in all the territory of Egypt; they were very numerous. There had never been so many locusts, nor would there be so many again. For they covered the surface of the whole land, so that the land was darkened; and they ate every plant of the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Thus nothing green was left on tree or plant of the field through all the land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh hurriedly called for Moses and Aaron, and he said, ‘I have sinned against the LORD your God and against you. Now therefore, please forgive my sin only this once, and make supplication to the LORD your God, that He would only remove this death from me.’ He went out from Pharaoh and made supplication to the LORD. So the LORD shifted the wind to a very strong west wind which took up the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea; not one locust was left in all the territory of Egypt. But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the sons of Israel go.” 

IX. NINTH PLAGUE      

     A.     God then brought upon the Egyptians utter darkness. This darkness represented the deadness of their sorcerers; the futility of man’s carnal mind; man’s spiritual blindness; the darkness that occurs when man is abandoned by God and thus separated from God’s Holy Light; and the utter darkness of hell. God showed just how spiritually blind they were and what perpetual darkness is like when one lives eternally apart from His Light. How ironic that the Egyptians’ supreme deity, the sun god Re or Amun-Re, could not be seen during this time, so that when they called out for his help, he could not be found nor could he find them. The three days of darkness represented the three hours of darkness that fell upon the earth when God abandoned Christ on the cross for our sins.       

             1.     Isaiah 8:19-22 “When they say to you, ‘Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse their king and their God as they face upward. Then they will look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be driven away into the darkness.”       

             2.     Matthew 22:1-14 “Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. Again he sent out other slaves saying, “Tell those who have been invited, ‘Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.’” But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them. But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire. Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.” Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests. But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, and he said to him, “Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?” And the man was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, “Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.’”       

              3.     Matthew 8:12 “But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”       

              4.     Job 18:5,6 “Indeed, the light of the wicked goes out, and the flame of his fire gives no light. The light in his tent is darkened, and his lamp goes out above him.”       

              5.     Ephesians 2:12 “Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.”       

              6.     Jude 1:13 “Wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.”       

              7.     Revelation 18:20-23 “‘Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her.’ Then a strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, ‘So will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with violence, and will not be found any longer. And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer; and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery.’”       

              8.     Proverbs 4:18,19 “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.”       

              9.     Exodus 10:21-29 “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness which may be felt.’ So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the sons of Israel had light in their dwellings. Then Pharaoh called to Moses, and said, ‘Go serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be detained. Even your little ones may go with you.’ But Moses said, ‘You must also let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice them to the LORD our God. Therefore, our livestock too shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind, for we shall take some of them to serve the LORD our God. And until we arrive there, we ourselves do not know with what we shall serve the LORD.’ But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. Then Pharaoh said to him, ‘Get away from me! Beware, do not see my face again, for in the day you see my face you shall die!’ Moses said, ‘You are right; I shall never see your face again!’”    

                       a.              As many of us who have been without lights during these past storms, we know what it is like to be without light. Again, everything in God’s Word points to Christ, since nothing in either testament contradicts itself, for when Christ hung on the cross for the sins of His people, God brought darkness upon the earth to show what sin does as it separates us from Him who is Light.  

              1.     2 Peter 2:4 “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment.”  

              2.     Matthew 8:12 “The sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  

              3.     Matthew 22:13,14 “Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”                                        

                      a.      How absolutely horrible! Let us heed then what God tells us through Peter. 

              4.     2 Peter 1:5-11 “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.”                                        

                       a.      Pharaoh was darkened in his mind because of the hardness of his heart; therefore, let us heed this warning as is also given in the following scripture.  

              5.     Ephesians 4:17-18 “So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart.” 

              6.              Matthew 27:45,46 “Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’” 

X.  TENTH PLAGUE     

     A.     This last plague showed all mankind that the wages of sin is death justly deserved. It also showed the importance God placed on the firstborn, again pointing to Jesus as the firstborn of the dead.        

               1.     Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”        

               2.     Exodus 34:6,7 “Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.’”    

                       a.      Yes, God is loving and slow to anger but “will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.” God is not a god of “luv” who overlooks our sins because He loves us so much, but is a God of love that loves us enough to punish our sins that our souls may be saved from an eternity in darkness. Let us pray for forgiveness of our sins and for strength through His Holy Spirit to mortify those sins so that they will not be passed on to our children and their children.         

              3.     Exodus 11:1-10 “Now the LORD said to Moses, ‘One more plague I will bring on Pharaoh and on Egypt; after that he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will surely drive you out from here completely. Speak now in the hearing of the people that each man ask from his neighbor and each woman from her neighbor for articles of silver and articles of gold.’ The LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Furthermore, the man Moses himself was greatly esteemed in the land of Egypt, both in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people. Moses said, ‘Thus says the LORD, “About midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt, and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the millstones; all the firstborn of the cattle as well. Moreover, there shall be a great cry in all the land of Egypt, such as there has not been before and such as shall never be again. But against any of the sons of Israel a dog will not even bark, whether against man or beast, that you may understand how the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.” All these your servants will come down to me and bow themselves before me, saying, “Go out, you and all the people who follow you,” and after that I will go out.’ And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger. Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Pharaoh will not listen to you, so that My wonders will be multiplied in the land of Egypt.’ Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh; yet the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the sons of Israel go out of his land.”    

                    a.      God makes a distinction between Egypt who represents the world and Israel who represents God’s own children. For who in their right minds would turn over their gold and silver to their enemies? It is God who directs the hearts and minds of men for His purpose and for His glory! Amen! Is there a distinction between you and the world? Does the world see the difference in you and your children who are His? Are your children respectful?       

              4.     Exodus 12:29-36 “Now it came about at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle. Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no home where there was not someone dead. Then he called for Moses and Aaron at night and said, ‘Rise up, get out from among my people, both you and the sons of Israel; and go, worship the LORD, as you have said. Take both your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and go, and bless me also.’ The Egyptians urged the people, to send them out of the land in haste, for they said, ‘We will all be dead.’ So the people took their dough before it was leavened, with their kneading bowls bound up in the clothes on their shoulders. Now the sons of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, for they had requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.”     a.      Again, let me reiterate that God turns the hearts of man, even kings, in the direction that best suits His purpose.        

              5.     Exodus 13:2,11,12 “‘Sanctify to Me every firstborn, the first offspring of every womb among the sons of Israel, both of man and beast; it belongs to Me.’ … Now when the LORD brings you to the land of the Canaanite, as He swore to you and to your fathers, and gives it to you, you shall devote to the LORD the first offspring of every womb, and the first offspring of every beast that you own; the males belong to the LORD.”        

              6.     Exodus 34:19 “The first offspring from every womb belongs to Me, and all your male livestock, the first offspring from the cattle and sheep.”        

              7.     Romans 8:29,30 “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”           

              8.         Revelation 1:5,6 “And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”