By Richard Lodwick
Exodus 8:1-15 (KJB) And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: 3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs: 4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants. 5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt. 6 And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt. 7 And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt. 8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the LORD, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the LORD. 9 And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only? 10 And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our God. 11 And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only. 12 And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried unto the LORD because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh. 13 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields. 14 And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank. 15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
Note well, that this plague, as the first one, was all over Egypt. (see V5) See also V3 where it is the river that was to bring this wonderful pet onto the land! Vs 3-4 describe the totality of this plague, indicating the anger of God and the intensity of the desecration of the false gods. These frogs were literally everywhere, and into everything! They were in the palace of the Pharaoh; in the homes of his wise guys, magicians, sorcerers, and enchanters (I wonder what they thought, seeing that they could do nothing about them?) They were in the beds, hospitals, streets, sidewalks, bakeries, schools, open-air markets, water, and food. Everywhere they walked, they stepped on them. Every time they went to eat, there they were,. Every time they were to go to bed, there they were. Imagine the crunch and slime of stepping on them! Now, think about this… Pharaoh was to blame in the eyes of the people, for HE was a god, and HE SHOULD be able to control this stuff and be ABOVE the God of these slave people! My, my!
Frogs were sacred. Amulets and other jewelry have been unearthed shaped like frogs. They represented, of all things fertility and assurance of a good harvest. The farmers had special celebrations to Hapi. (here we go again with HAPI, god of the Nile, ANET, lord of the Nile I’m so confused), where they blessed him. Egyptians created a theophany of the goddess Heqt (one of the 8 primeval gods), a frog. She was also the wife of their great god Khnum. She was considered the goddess of fertility, the symbol of resurrection, and believed to assist women in childbirth. I guess they hoped the baby would just “hop” out. Frogs were a VERY sacred animal, and killing them was forbidden to the point where even accidental killing could result in death. Getting the picture. God put them where EVERYONE in EGYPT stepped on them (EVEN Pharaoh and the magicians) constantly and killed them! It would make one laugh, if it weren’t so serious to God. (Note: The worship of these same gods, is rampant online… today!)
Note that the wise guys again could duplicate this! What a laugh they must have had…. for a moment. THEN they remembered, they were impotent to stop it or reverse it. Note also (V10) Pharaoh asked Moses to state the time the plague would end. NONE of his magicians could do this, and he knew it!!! THIS was a veiled concession on the part of Pharaoh! Hang on pal, it gonna get worse!