Friday, July 28, 2017

Moses and the Plagues - part 1


Bible 1
Exodus 7 v 8-12 God told Moses and Aaron to go down to the River Nile where Pharaoh went in the morning. They had a message from God to give to Pharaoh, ‘Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness.’ Pharaoh refused.
Bible 2
So Aaron did what God had instructed and struck the River Nile with his staff. The water was changed to blood. Fish died, the Egyptians could not drink the water and the river smelt.
Bible 3
Pharaoh’s magicians did the same thing by their secret arts. Pharaoh refused to obey God and turned and went back to the palace.


Bible 4
Exodus 8 Seven days later, God told Moses to tell Aaron to stretch his staff over the streams, canals and ponds to make frogs come out onto the land.
Bible 5
Pharaoh’s magicians used their secret arts and were able to do the same.
Bible 6
Frogs were everywhere and Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron.


Bible 7
‘Pray to your God to take the frogs away from my people and I will let your people go,’ promised Pharaoh. Moses replied, ’So you will know there is no-one like God, the frogs will leave you and your houses tomorrow.’
Bible 8
Moses prayed to God and He answered. Frogs died in the houses, courtyards and fields. The dead frogs were piled into heaps and the smell was really bad. Pharaoh, however, broke his promise and refused to let the Hebrews go and worship God in the wilderness.
Bible 9
So God told Moses to tell Aaron to strike the dust with his staff and the dust would become gnats. Pharaoh’s magicians tried but could not do this. ‘This is the finger of God,’ they told Pharaoh.


Bible 10
Gnats were on people and animals everywhere.
Bible 11
Pharaoh still had a hard heart and refused to let the Hebrews go and worship God.
Bible 12
Early in the morning as Pharaoh went down to the river, Moses and Aaron told him what God had planned next. Swarms of flies would buzz around the Egyptians but not the Hebrew slaves living in Goshen.


Bible 13
Dense swarms of flies came into the palace and the houses of the Egyptians.
Bible 14
But the flies stayed away from the Hebrew slaves.
Bible 15
Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. ‘I will let you go and offer sacrifices to your God but you must not go far. Now pray to God to stop the flies.’


Bible 16
Moses prayed and the next day the flies left. But Pharaoh broke his promise and refused to let the Hebrew slaves go.
Bible 17
Exodus 9 Moses went to Pharaoh again. ‘If you refuse to let my people go, tomorrow God will bring a terrible plague on your horses, donkeys, camels, cattle sheep and goats. But livestock of the slaves will be spared.’
Bible 18
The next day the livestock of the Egyptians died.


Bible 19
Pharaoh investigated and found out that the animals belonging to the Hebrew slaves were alive and well, But he refused to let God’s people go and worship Him in the wilderness.
Bible 20
Moses took soot from a furnace and threw it into the air in front of Pharaoh. ‘God says, this soot will become a fine dust and people and animals will get festering boils.’
Bible 21
Pharaoh’s magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils that broke out on them and the Egyptians. But Pharaoh still refused to let God’s people go.


Bible 22
God sent Moses to tell Pharaoh that he was going to show his power by sending the worse hailstorm Egypt had ever had. Anyone not sheltering inside would be risking their life.
Bible 23
The officials of Pharaoh who feared God brought their families and animals indoors. But those who ignored God stayed outside. When Moses raised his staff the worst storm anyone had ever seen blew up.
Bible 25
Those caught outside were killed. But the storm did not hit the slaves living in Goshen.


Bible 26
‘I have sinned. The Lord is right,’ Pharaoh told Moses. ‘I will let you go.’
Bible 27
Moses went out of the city and spread out his hands to God. The thunder and hail stopped.
Bible 28
Pharaoh, however, then changed his mind and stubbornly refused to let God’s people go. He thought he could defy God but God was not finished with him yet.


Moses and the Plagues - part 1
Moses and the first seven plagues God sent on Egypt.
Exodus 7 - 9

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