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Exodus Chapter 7


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GiGi's Exodus Chapter 7 comment on 2/10/2022, 6:00pm...


The first plague performed was to turn the water of the Nile into blood along with the water in the canals and side streams. The Nile was worshipped. Hapi was the spirit god of the Nile, Isis was the goddess of the Nile, Osirus' blood was said to the waters of the Nile. Khnum was said to be the guardian of the Nile. The Nile was truly the lifeblood of the people of Egypt. Aside from the Nile, fresh water was very scarce. Every living thing needs water to stay alive and the water of the Nile watered the crops and livestock to keep the land of Egypt as a major food source for the Mediterranean area.

This plague made the Nile no longer a life-sustaining source, but liquid poison, so to speak. Its waters were undrinkable and made people ill if they did. Whether it truly was blood or just red by some other organism we cannot know. But the text says that it was turned to blood, not turned red like blood. So, I think it really was blood, but not pure blood like the blood of Christ. It was tainted blood. The magicians were able to perform this same act by magic. So, Pharaoh was not troubled much. He returned to his palace fairly unconcerned and hardened his heart more than before. Perhaps he had a well or stored water and thought that this water would not be blood. But most likely upon inquiring, it was.

The fish in the Nile died, as well, and were unfit to eat. The Egyptians had a fish god and goddess, Hatmehit as goddess, and Rem as the god who fertilized the land.


GiGi's Exodus Chapter 7 comment on 2/10/2022, 5:45pm...

This chapter tells about the hardening of Pharaoh's heart even more and the beginning of the plagues God brings upon Egypt.

When Moses and Aaron met with Pharaoh, they always ordered Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. Moses and Aaron kept this outcome at the forefront, remembering that that is their sole mission, to secure the release of the Israelites from Pharaoh.

The Israelites were not going to leave Egypt in a stealthy way, nor by the Israelites rising up in battle and defeating the Egyptians. No, God wanted the Israelites to know for sure that it was He, their God who brings them out.

The Egyptians were polytheistic and had many gods they worshipped, many of them being animals. They also worshipped the Nile as its waters watered their land which would be only desert if it wasn't for the Nile. God told Moses that he would be as a god to Pharaoh. This may mean that Moses was going to be YHWH's representative or that Pharaoh would see Moses as another god by the time the release of the Israelites is accomplished. It does NOT mean that Moses is actually a 'god'' All gods beside YHWH are false idols. So, YHWH would not induct Moses as a 'god' because YHWH will never share His glory and place as the only God with anyone else.

The first sign miracle that Moses and Aaron performed together before Pharaoh was to turn the rod or staff into a snake. The magicians did the same magic trick, however, Aaron's rod/snake swallowed up the magician's rod/snakes. This is significant. God knew all of the false idols the Egyptians worshipped and the snake was one of them. It was named Apep and was the god of chaos. Also, Apep was said to pursue Ra (the chief god-sun god) each night in an effort to devour Ra so that the sun would not rise and the world would remain in darkness. So, when Aaron's snake devoured the magician's snakes this showed them that the God of Moses and Aaron was greater than Apep, having been devoured by the rod/snake of Aaron.


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