When I was going through exodus this time, I had SO many questions. (Can’t even begin to list all of them here) One that made me really curious was actually the 10 plagues that happened in Egypt. It was quite painful to read through all 10 and and it got to a point where it seemed truly ridiculous for Pharaoh to keep rebelling against God. I was asking “Why did all these plagues had to happen?” Couldn’t it have been two or three?
All the vivid imagery in my head of Nile turning to bloody red mess, and fly infested foul smelling land was pretty gruesome. I’m a pretty visual person, so when I read, I picture these things in my head like a scene in a movie.
There must be something here that I’m not seeing.
What is God trying to tell us through this? What was God trying to show the Egyptians and Israelites at the time this happened? Why were all 10 of these plagues necessary? I wanted to find the significance in each of these, so I started to do some researching into what each of these plagues represented. And it DID represent something! Every single plague corresponded to Egyptian gods. For example,
● Heket – Egyptian goddess of fertility, water, renewal, had the head of a frog (this corresponds to the plague of frogs infesting people’s bedroom etc, hence it being the goddess of fertility)
● Ra – The sun god, who was the most worshipped god in Egypt. (corresponds to the three days of complete darkness)
Basically God was showing that NONE of the gods in Egypt were sovereign. There is one and only God who’s all powerful and none other even measure up. He was going over all the idols of Egypt and showing the people that no other gods or magicians can do what he does.
And then I started to see another message God was trying to tell me through this. He was also showing us what God-less world would look like with all these plagues. This goes back to Genesis, and the story of creation. All these plagues in a way, were sort of reversing the wonderful work he has done in the beginning of time.
● He said “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3) and this corresponds to the plague of darkness. (He said the light was “good”)
● And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered into one place, so that the dry land may appear.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:9) and this corresponds to the plague of blood tainting the body of water God’s created.
● And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, land crawlers, and wild animals according to their kinds.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:24) This is a direct opposite of the plague of death of livestock.
So on.. you get the idea.
● Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7) Which obviously corresponds to the last finale, which was the plague of death of firstborn.
I was sort of in awe, there are so many symbolism and hidden meanings in the bible and it was so cool that God revealed some part of them to us.
The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. (Psalm 25:14) I pray that I will walk in the fear of the Lord, holiness and righteousness. Lord thank you so much for your word, and all the hidden mysteries that you choose to reveal to us, Amen.