Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tree of Life Day 16: Exodus 7-12

I can't imagine what a horror it was to endure the plagues that God unleashed on Egypt through Moses and Aaron.  The longer I live, the more I don't like to see destruction and devastation.  Confession:  as a kid, you think it's cool.  As an adult, there's a tinge of bitterness even with the sweetness of justice.

Today is about 10 plagues, 10 deities, and the 1 God who is truly God.

Each of the plagues attacked a specific Egyptian deity, showing how powerless that god was and how powerful the True God is.

  • Nile into blood - against Hapi, the god of the Nile
  • Frogs - against Heqt, the goddess of fertility and water
  • Gnats - against Geb, the god of the earth
  • Flies - against Kheper, the god of creation
  • Livestock - against Apis, their bull god (whom, no doubt, the Hebrews copied in the wilderness when Moses was on the mountain)
  • Boils - against Isis, the goddess of healing
  • Hail - against Nut, the god of the sky
  • Locusts - against Seth, the god of crops
  • Darkness - against Ra, the sun god
  • Death of Firstborn - against Pharaoh himself, the god of the people of Egypt

Against them all, God is above them all.

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