By Richard Lodwick
Exodus 7:14-25 (KJV) And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go. Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand. And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear. Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river. And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone. And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said. And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also. And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river. And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river.
I want to say this right off the bat. GOD says the river was turned into blood an that is exactly what happened. It was REAL blood. If we allow ANY deviation from what God says, in any place, we open ourselves up to doubt in all other areas. Let’s just believe what the Bible says, the way it says it and stop listening to the “scholars” who always want to cast doubts so that they set themselves up as the authority, and NOT the Word of God!
I can imagine that when they saw Moses, and that rod, they might have said, “Oh, no, not this guy again!” I also know that there was anger in their heart! Note, also, in V16 “the God of the Hebrews” as opposed to any and all of theirs. A God stipulated differentiation. …Notes to ponder: V14 God knew the heart of Pharaoh’s heart & his wise guys. V15 God knew ahead of time where Pharaoh would be. (Remember that part about the wise guys being able to tell he future?) V15 God told Moses to TELL Pharaoh he knew he would be there. V17 Shalt KNOW that I am the LORD… NOT any or all of YOUR gods. V17b, that blasted rod again (says Pharaoh) I’ll bet he wished he could take that thing away from him! V17 He TOLD Pharaoh what was about to happen… before it happened. V18 The fish, upon which they depended for food, and which they worshiped ALONG WITH the Nile itself, would die, and the sacred water would stink! V19 It’s not JUST the waters of the Nile proper but ALL the waters of Egypt. Ponds and pools included. THIS is why scholars want to take words out of your Bible. So they can set themselves up, along with THEIR commentaries as the authority! “Blood THROUOUT ALL the land of Egypt! V22 the “magicians” are allowed to duplicate the miracle…BUT, and remember this, they could NOT stop it OR undo it! V24 the underground wells and waters also! V25 7 days of this passed.
Note well V23. Pharaoh “set his heart to this also.” I’ll bet he did! WHY did Pharaoh not ask Moses to take it away? Pride! Why didn’t he ask his wise guys to? Anet, ANUKET, Hapi, spirit of the Nile, Khnum, guardian of the Nile, & Osiris, god of the underworld- of whom the Nile was his bloodstrream, were all defamed here. They, and Pharaoh, were made impotent and were desecrated… in open view! Sepek, Neith, & Hathor were also defamed here. I wonder if it made the Cairo Daily Newspaper!