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Exodus 8:1-7 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs: And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants. And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt. And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt. And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt."

FROGS

The second plague was of frogs. The Egyptians worshipped a frog headed goddess named Heka. She was considered the mother of goddesses: the goddess of fertility and rebirth.

Frogs completely covered the land of Egypt. They were even in the houses. I imagine it would be pretty hard to eat and sleep with frogs in the kitchen and bedroom. The Egyptians couldn't kill the frogs in their houses because they were considered sacred. Once again the Egyptians duplicated this plague but were helpless to remove them. Pharaoh told Moses and Aaron that if they would "entreat the Lord, that he may take away the frogs," that he would let the people go. Moses and Aaron did as Pharaoh asked and verse 13 says, "and the Lord did according to the word of Moses, and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields." They were gathered together in heaps, so when Pharaoh saw the frogs were gone he, once again, hardened his heart. This time God didn't have anything to do with it, he hardened his heart himself!

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Exodus 8:16-19 "And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt. And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt. And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast. Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said."

LICE

By trickery (or satanism) the magicians of Egypt had been able to duplicate the first and second plagues but now their enchantments failed them. When Moses and Aaron brought lice to the land of Egypt the magicians told Pharaoh "This is the finger of God." But once again, Pharaoh's heart was hardened. (Just thinking about this plague makes me itch!)

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Exodus 8:20-24 "And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are. And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth. And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be. And the LORD did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants' houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies."
Verse 28: "And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: entreat for me."
Verses 31 & 32: "And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one. And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go."

The plagues God was bringing on the land of Egypt now take a different turn. Evidently the first three plagues were on all the land of Egypt. Now, though, God was going to show a difference between the Egyptians and His people. The next 7 plagues would only be brought against Egypt; the land of Goshen would be separated from Egypt to show that this truly was the hand of God.

Moses and Aaron told Pharaoh they wanted to go three days journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to God. Pharaoh agreed that they could go as long as they would "stay in the land." But, once again, after the threat was removed, Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let them go.

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Do you think God still send plagues among His people today?

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