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."
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.
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."
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!)
"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."
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.
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