Blood and Frogs

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people go.  Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the river. Confront him on the bank of the Nile, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake.  Then say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened.  This is what the Lord says: By this you will know that I am the Lord: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood.  The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.’”

The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt—over the streams and canals, over the ponds and all the reservoirs—and they will turn to blood.’ Blood will be everywhere in Egypt, even in vessels[a] of wood and stone.”

Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood.  The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt.

But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said.  Instead, he turned and went into his palace, and did not take even this to heart.  And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile to get drinking water, because they could not drink the water of the river.

–          Exodus 7:14-24

 

The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.

The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.  Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:

“You are just in these judgments, O Holy One, you who are and who were; for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”

And I heard the altar respond:

“Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.”

–          Revelation 16:3-7

 

First, the details of the first two plagues of Egypt:

 

Plague 1, Blood, Exodus 7:14-24

How was it initiated:  Moses struck the Nile with his staff.

What / Who were affected:  All the water, even in pans and pots, turned to blood.  The fish in the Nile River died.  Yet, if they traveled away from the bodies of water and dug to get fresh water.

Could the Egyptian Magicians duplicate the miracle:  Yes

In Pharaoh’s Response, who was in control: Pharaoh was stubborn.

Relief from Plague:  Seven days

Similar Plague of the End Times:  Revelation 8:8-9, One third of the seas turns to blood and the sea life dies when the angel sounds the second trumpet.  Revelation 8:10-11, with the angel sounding the third trumpet, one third of the water turns bitter.  Revelation 16:3-7, Of the seven bowls, the second bowl was poured out and the sea turned to blood, with every living thing in the sea dying.  The third bowl was poured out and the same thing happened to the rivers and springs.

Notes:  The Nile was sacred to the Egyptians, bringing water to grow crops and fish to eat.

 

 

Plague 2, Frogs, Exodus 8:1-15

How was it initiated:  Moses waves his staff over the waters of Egypt.

What / Who were affected:  Frogs emerged from the waters and covered everything in Egypt.

Could the Egyptian Magicians duplicate the miracle:  Yes

In Pharaoh’s Response, who was in control: Pharaoh promised to let them go, but was stubborn once there were no frogs.

Relief from Plague:  Pharaoh bargained with Moses, requesting the frogs be gone tomorrow.  They were gone the next day.

Similar Plague of the End Times:  Revelation 16:12-14, Of the seven bowls, the sixth bowl was poured out on the Euphrates and it dried up.  Then three frogs appeared from the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.  These frogs were spirits that performed miracles.

Notes:  The Egyptians worshiped frogs.  Frogs were the sign of fertility.

 

The significance of blood cannot be overstated throughout the Bible.  In Genesis 3:21, God fashions animal skins into clothing for Adam and Eve before He casts them out of the garden.  Animals were the first to die after the Fall.  A blood sacrifice is prescribed in Exodus 24.  While Jesus mentions the blood of the cup in the Last Supper as being a new covenant, it also relates to the old blood sacrifice covenant made with the Israelites in Exodus 24.

 

With the emphasis of blood, there should be no doubt about the plagues of Egypt and the plagues and woes of the tribulation at the end times.

 

As for the frogs, frogs were said to be a sign of fertility in Egypt.  They were worshiped. God is turning something that the Egyptians revere into a pest.  He is impressing His power upon what they look up to.  God is saying, “Whatever you place on a pedestal for the purpose of worship, I, the God of the Israelites, am higher still.”

 

Bringing Spirit-frogs into the picture during the end times is an interesting symbol.  You see frogs at three points in the Bible:  The plagues of Egypt, two Psalms that refer to the plagues of Egypt, and then in Revelation 16:12-14.  Could this be for any other reason than to point to God as supreme over anything that we might worship?

 

Soli Deo Gloria.  To God alone be the Glory.

 

 

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