RIVER OF BLOOD
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Welcome back to Daily Bread. Glad to
have you join us for another story from the book of Exodus. When we left
off last time, God told Moses to go back to Pharaoh a second time and tell
him to let His people go. Moses, still not convinced that he was the man
for the job asked God, Why should Pharaoh listen to me, of all people?
God answered, You see, I have made you
a god to Pharaoh and Aaron will be your prophet. You'll tell Aaron
everything that I say and Aaron will tell Pharaoh to send the children of
Israel out of his land. And I will harden Pharaoh's heart and show many
signs in the land of Egypt, but Pharaoh won't listen to you. I will lay my
hand upon Egypt (when God says something is done by His hand, it means by
His power) and bring out my armies, and my people out of Egypt with great
justice. Then the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out
my hand on Egypt and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
So Moses and Aaron did what the Lord
told them to do. Moses was 80 years old and Aaron was 83 when they went to
speak to Pharaoh. Forty years has passed since Moses killed the Egyptian.
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Now you may be wondering, because it's
been mentioned a few times now, why did God harden Pharaoh's heart. Well,
these were God's people and He not only wanted to free them from slavery in
Egypt but He also wanted to show the Egyptians that He is God. You can bet
that the Egyptians wouldn't believe it if Pharaoh let over 600,000 slaves go
free just because an 80 year old man suddenly showed up on Pharaoh's
doorstep one day out of nowhere with his big brother and said, okey dokey,
you're gonna free all the Israelites that have slaved for the last 430 years
making Egypt a rich nation. You can see that it just couldn't happen that
way. No, ladies and gentlemen, God would have to show them a thing or ten.
Don't forget about what God told Abraham about blessing those who blessed
him and cursing those who cursed him,
Genesis 12:3. If you remember, when Joseph was alive in Egypt, the
Pharaoh at that time was kind to Israel,
Genesis 47:5-6, and Egypt prospered better than any other nation through
the great famine. Egypt wasn't going to get away with the imprisoning
of God's people without some consequences. Just a lil Daily Bread
Crumb for ya.
Getting back to our story, God told
Moses, Pharaoh will want you to show him a miracle. You will tell Aaron,
Take your staff and throw it down in front of Pharaoh and it'll become a
serpent. So they went in to Pharaoh and did what the Lord told them in
front of Pharaoh and his servants and the staff became a serpent.
Pharaoh called on his wise men and
wizards and the magicians of Egypt did the same thing with their witchery.
They all threw down their staffs and they became serpents, but Aaron's staff
swallowed up all of theirs.
And God hardened Pharaoh's heart and
told Moses, Pharaoh is stubborn, he refuses to let the people go. Go to
Pharaoh in the morning. He will be going to the river. You will wait at
the river's edge until he gets there. Take the staff with you that was
turned into a serpent. You will say to him, The Lord God of the Hebrews
sent me to you saying, Let my people go so they may serve me in the
wilderness, and you wouldn't listen. Now the Lord says, By this you will
know that I am the Lord, watch, I will take the staff in my hand and strike
the water in the river and it will turn to blood. The fish in the river
will die, the water will stink and the Egyptians will hate to drink the
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The Lord told Moses, Tell Aaron to
take your staff and stretch out your hand on the waters of Egypt, on their
streams, on their rivers, on their ponds and on all their pools of water so
they all may turn to blood and there will be blood through all the land of
Egypt, both in containers of wood and of stone.
So Moses and Aaron did so, and all the
waters of Egypt turned to blood. The fish died, the river stank and the
Egyptians couldn't drink the water. There was blood throughout all of
The magicians of Egypt did the same
with their witchery and Pharaoh's heart was hardened. He didn't listen to
Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said. (We'll be learning a bit more
about these magicians in a later chapter.)
Pharaoh went home and didn't let the matter bother
him at all. Pride is a very stubborn thing to overcome. The Egyptians dug around the river for water to drink because
the water in the river was undrinkable.
This was the first plague that God
inflicted upon Egypt. The trust Moses has in God seems to be strengthening as he
sees the Lord working through him. A heartless Pharaoh makes things much
worse however as time goes on, so be sure to come back and see what happens
next as we continue our study of the Book of Exodus here at Daily Bread.