By Richard Lodwick
Exodus 7:14-25 (KJB) And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go. 15 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. 16 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. 17 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. 18 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. 19 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. 20 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. 21 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. 22 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. 23 And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also. 24 And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river. 25 And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river.
I want to look at more about the Nile River, so that we see just HOW sacred it was, and how powerful the desecration of it was, along with the gods Anet & Anuket. Remember, too, that the overarching god was Amun or Amun-Re (or Ra) FROM WHICH it was said, Pharaoh came! My, my! Anet- lord of the Nile. Anuket- goddess of the Nile. Also in this was HAPI, and HE was a big one, the “spirit of the Nile” and it’s “dynamic essence.” They believed that the Nile was his bloodstream! How appropriate that God turned the water into blood before their eyes, and they KNEW Who did it!!! Also attacked was HATMEHYT fish goddess, IUASAAS- creator goddess., & Khnum, the guardian of the Nile! How’s that idol worship thing working out so far?
Hail to thee, Oh Nile, that issues from the earth and comes to keep Egypt alive. He (Anet) that water the meadows which Recreated, in order to keep every kid alive. He that makes to drink the desert and the place distant form the water: that is his dew coming down (from) heaven. ANET: “Hymn to the Nile”
God’s plague on the Nile affected not only the religious but the physical well being of all Egypt AND the financial side, for no cattle could drink either! The psychological impact was far more than we have thus realized from just a surface reading of the passage! The Nile also provided a means of transportation.
It was appropriate that the first plague was thus. The Nile was the most visible of gods and the very lifeline of Egypt. Note also that at Semenu (modern Rizzeigat) in the Thebes area, is was said that the god Sepek turned into a crocodile. Worshiped in his temple, he was said to splash in his pool. Venerated as a sacred animal of the Nile, a lady of high rank without the slightest hesitation would bow and drink from the drink of the “holy water” where he splashed. Everything comes from somewhere, folks! Neith and Hathor were associated with various fish in the Nile and were not excluded, I’m sure, from the question here. We must remember that Israel saw this, too! The plagues were not ONLY against Egypt and her gods, but to stand in the eyes of Israel as a testament to the power of the True God… THEIR God, and begin the process of separation TO Him!