Summary: Pharaoh’s response to the frog problem is much like ours when it comes to sin in our lives
ONE MORE NIGHT WITH THE FROGS (04/07/02 AM)
EXODUS 8. 1 - 15
This is the second plague that God caused to come upon Egypt. The first was a plague of blood. It infected all of the water of the land. The rivers, the ponds, the wells, the streams, every source of water was turned to blood. Here in this plague, there were frogs. Not just one, not just one thousand, but millions of frogs. Everywhere they sat, they stood, they walked, slept, or rested, they were on, and surrounded by frogs.
1. THE FROG GODDESS.
„³ Why not just kill the frogs - the Egyptian goddess of Heka, depicted in he form of a woman with a frog¡¦s head - who supposedly blew the breath of life into the nostrils of all living beings. The goddess of fertility.
„³ To the Egyptians, the frog was a sacred animal representing fertility. They could not kill it.
„³ It was like God was giving them a dose of their own medicine. They didn’t want any part of God, they were satisfied with their own way of living, with the gods that they had came up with, and God was letting them be more than satisfied with it, He was letting them be consumed by it.
2. THE MAGICIANS.
„³ Satan has power in this earth. He is said to be the prince and the power of the air. However, his power is limited - he can only do what God will allow him to do.
„³ God is all powerful, and controls the whole expanse of creation, whereas Satan only controls the part that we will allow him to control. He must ask God for permission to have power.
„³ The power that God grants Satan is still less than the power that we can have if we will rely on God in our lives.
„³ Pharaoh’s magicians could duplicate the bringing forth of frogs, but could not remove them. Ironic that in trying to demonstrate the same power as Moses had through the power of God that the magicians only added to the misery in Egypt.
„³ When we try to do what God is willing and desirous to do for us, we usually end up in a worse predicament than we started in.
„³ God used the evil forces to demonstrate His power over the universe.
3. THE REMOVAL OF THE FROGS.
„³ God could have caused the frogs to disappear, but as a reminder to Egypt of God’s power and their lack of it, God caused the frogs to simply die.
„³ This also shows that their dependence upon other gods for their well-being was useless. The goddess of fertility was helpless against the God of the universe.
„³ The frogs were piled up. A mound of death. Symbolic of the lack of ability of the Egyptian gods. Stood as a reminder to the Egyptians of their sin and disobedience to God.
„³ The mound was also there so that there was no doubt that the frogs had actually been there.
4. ONE MORE NIGHT WITH THE FROGS.
„³ Before the frogs were removed, Moses entreated Pharaoh as to when he wanted the frogs to be removed. The plague that was upon Egypt, the absolute covering of all the land by little ribbiting frogs, the frogs that were everywhere could and would be removed whenever pharaoh wanted them to be removed.
„³ We are much the same way, the plagues that are upon our individual lives, the things that are separating us from God can and will be removed whenever we want them to be removed.
„³ All pharaoh had to do was ask Moses, and thereby ask God, to have them removed. Pharaoh asked that the frogs be removed tomorrow. He was apparently content with the frogs for now. Not willing to surrender and submit to the power of God now.
„³ Maybe he was hoping that they would go away by themselves. That they would simply leave the land. That they would disappear over night.
„³ Much like we are. We are hoping that by some miraculous human intervention, we can remove that plagues on our life. We are content in them. We are content to be wading in the frogs of sin and disobedience to God for now.
„³ People must apparently believe that living with the frogs is better than living with God.
„³ We put of until tomorrow. Diets, exercise, beginning to read our bibles on a regular basis, prayer, devotion, family time, church attendance, etc.
„³ We have put it off for so long, that it almost seems that we are completely happy in our meager existence. We do not want a better life, a better relationship with our Savior.
„³ Felix to Paul, Acts 24.24,25 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard of him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.