We’re on to chapter 8 of Exodus today. Remember what was happening last time we were together? All of the water in Egypt had been turned to blood. The Egyptians had to dig along the Nile for water to drink deep in the ground because they couldn’t drink the water of the Nile. So, seven days pass and then the Lord tells Moses to go back to Pharaoh. He’s to tell him again to let His people go. If he refuses, another plague will hit the country. What is it this time? FROGS!
They won’t just be everywhere in the Nile, either. God says they’re going to come up into their houses, climb on their beds (Ew, Ew, Ewwww….), get into their ovens, as well as sit in the bowls the people use to prepare their food! Read verse 3,
“The Nile shall swarm with frogs that shall come up into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and your kneading bowls.”
Okay, we need to pause here and really think about this…why frogs??? I use to watch this show called “The Mole.” It was a reality show and they had tasks they had to complete each time in order for the amount of money in the pot to grow larger. One of the tasks had the final three players sitting in three separate rooms for 24 hours. I only remember two of the rooms. One of the players was in a dimly lit room with bubbles being blown in and the song “Tiny Bubbles” being played over and over and over. The other room was completely dark and the player was told there was a (one) snake in the room with them. Can you imagine? In one room, you’d obviously be annoyed after what? 2 hours? Maybe sooner. In the other room…Well…could you go to sleep in a dark room wondering where in the world that crafty snake was? Was it sitting at your feet? Was it climbing onto the bed? Hmmm….
Now imagine frogs…We don’t really hold them in very high regard I don’t think. In the South, during the summer, you can hear the frogs croaking in the evening. I use to sit out on our driveway, look at the stars, and listen to the frogs and crickets make their music. It was peaceful then to me. BUT the frogs weren’t everywhere! The sound wasn’t ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT! I th ink the croak of the frogs probably got very annoying. Not to mention, you stepped on them and had to check your sheets before you got into bed…I don’t know about you, but I think I would have a difficult time sleeping well when I was always wondering if a frog was going to jump into bed with me, or even land on my face!
Aaron does exactly what God said to do. He stretches that staff over the Nile and frogs come up and go everywhere. Pharaoh comes to Moses and Aaron. He asks them to go before the Lord and request all the frogs be taken away. He gives his word that hel’ll let the people go to sacrifice if God will answer this one request. Read verse 8,
“Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, ‘Plead with the Lord to take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.’
So, Moses goes before the Lord and cries out to Him about the frogs. And the Lord does what is asked. The frogs die out. But ole Pharaoh…as soon as the request is answered, he goes back to his old ways. He hardened his heart back up and wouldn’t let the Israelites go.
Wow…it would be really easy to look at Pharaoh and ask, “What in the world is wrong with him?!?” But…are we really that different at times? How many times have you wanted something and prayed for it? Promised something to God in return even…and then as soon as God answers the prayer request, forgotten all about your “deal.” Turned back to your “old ways…” Gotten so wrapped up in teh joy of the respite from your problem, the relief, that you lose sight of God and what He’s done for you, who He is, His might and power, His Lordship in your life even… Something to ponder and make you think I hope…
I’ll finish chapter 8 later this week with plagues three and four, and I hope you’ll come back to experience what God does next!