Frogs In The Plus
I. PHAROAH REFUSES GOD’S INVITATION ONCE AGAIN (vv. 1-4).
II. WHEN THE WORD OF THE LORD IS NOT HEEDED THERE IS A PRICE TO PAY (vv. 5 – 7).
III. THE “ENCHANTMENTS” OF EGYPT AND THE WORLD ONLY AGGRAVATE OUR SITUATION (v. 7).
IV. EVIL LEADERS WILL SOMETIMES CALL ON THE SPIRITUALLY FAITHFUL FOR HELP (v. 8; 2 Chronicles 18 ).
V. GOD PROVES HIS POWER BY THE TIMING OF PHAROAH (vv. 9-14).
VI. THE WILL OF GOD CONTINUES TO BE DONE IN THE HARDENED HEART OF MEN (v. 15).
Frogs In The Plus – Exodus 8:1-15
The plague of Frogs – “Heqet – To the Egyptians, the frog was a symbol of life and fertility, since millions of them were born after the annual inundation of the Nile, which brought fertility to the otherwise barren lands. Consequently, in Egyptian mythology, there began to be a frog-goddess, who represented fertility, named Heqet (also Heqat, Hekit, Heket etc, more rarely Hegit, Heget etc.), written with the determinative frog. Heqet was usually depicted as a frog, or a woman with a frog’s head, or more rarely as a frog on the end of a phallus to explicitly indicate her association with fertility. She was often referred to as the wife of Khnum.“
–WIKIPEDIA ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIA
The above quotation gives us details of the Egyptian goddess related to fertility, which Moses and Aaron faced in their battle for the deliverance of the captives. We are told in chapter 7 that the fish of the waters would die due to the bloody waters (7:18). Frogs are not fish, and can live on the land.
It seems quite understandable why the frogs would come out of the water; turned to blood; onto the land. This amphibian which had been a source of Egyptian worship is now a pest, and an aggravation.
Study Questions –
1. According to ancient Egyptian mythology the frog-goddess Heqet represented fertility. True False (vv. 1-2)
2. Verses 1 – 15 of chapter eight tells us of the _______________ plague upon Egypt (vv. 1-2).
3. God gives Pharoah another opportunity to “let the people go”, and warns him of what will happen if he doesn’t: (vv. 3-4)
A. Frogs would come up on the land. B. Frogs would come into their bedrooms.
C. Frogs would come into their kitchens. D. All of these.
4. Though the frogs may have naturally came up out of the bloody River their coming forth was at the “__________ ______ ___________” of Aaron over the waters. (vv. 5-7)
5. The Egyptian magicians “enchantments” only aggravated the situation. True False (vv. 5-7)
6. Pharoah did not call for the magicians and their enchanments to remove the frogs; he did however call for… (v. 8 )
A. Moses and Aaron. B. Jannes and Jambres.
C. The United States Government D. None of the above.
7. After Pharoah’s seeming submission Moses allows him to determine the time of the departure/death of the frogs. True False (vv. 8-15).
8. By __________ setting the time of their death it should have clearly been seen as the ___________ __________ of GOD. (vv. 9-15)
9. Why would the Pharoah have called on Moses and Aaron, and not the magicians? (vv. 8-15).
10. In God’s plan all things are going as He has directed, and as He is directing. True False
-Tim A. Blankenship