By Richard Lodwick
Exodus 9:13-35 (KJB) And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 14 For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. 15 For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. 16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. 17 As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go? 18 Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now. 19 Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die. 20 He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: 21 And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field. 22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt. 23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. 24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field. 26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail. 27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. 28 Intreat the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer. 29 And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the LORD; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the LORD’S. 30 But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD God. 31 And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled. 32 But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up. 33 And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread abroad his hands unto the LORD: and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth. 34 And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants. 35 And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses.
Lastly on this plague, which god was this to defame? This one was aimed primarily at their god NUT (I think her son was named Cashew and her daughter was Hazel; I digress)
NUT was the sky goddess. Isis & Seth also got into the scene; god/goddess of agriculture, for they should have been able to stop this OR protect the crops. Also SHU, god of the atmosphere. Have you picked up on the control of the weather here? Anything sound or look familiar? NUT was depicted as a woman overarching the universe, protecting it and the Egyptians from such things. Really? And how about SHU, god of the atmosphere? Maybe SHU and NUT were having a war with each other. It was from the domain of NUT that all this came forth.
The black and burned fields were a silent, but powerful attestation to the impotence of these idols! O, how the people MUST have called… no CRIED to them for relief, but indeed they had neither ears nor power!
Enter also the priests. WHERE were THEY in all of this. WHERE was THEIR power? They were as stubble in a forest fire before God and Moses. Do you see the war God waged and the devastating power He displayed against such idol worship? And, surely, Israel would never forget all of this… would they?
Now enter BAAL, god of thunder. Better wake him up! Denwen the fiery serpent god. The Ennead, the 9 Osirian gods. On vacation I assume. Maybe Fetket, the sun gods butler did it. Then there was Imhotep, god of science and thought. Maybe he was researching global warming or something!
Again, can you imagine in all of this what might have been going through the minds of the people, AND Pharaoh (who was supposed to have been a son of the gods), AND the magicians and sorcerers? I’ll bet the rubbed those amulets and beads, and necklaces smooth!
Now, look at Mark 4:35-41. NO son of ANY false god OR a Pharaoh (or a president, for that matter) will EVER live up to this! GOD’S Son! Look also at Heb. 1:1-8. Wow. WHAT a statement!
Now, notice V27. Sinned AT THIS TIME? THIS TIME? Are you serious? And it is a hollow, fleshly, fake confession. See well 2Cor. 7:10. BUT, Moses and God were not fooled, as the false gods were! ….But close with this thought, God was taking on multiple deities… all at the same time, and it wasn’t even a fight! My, my, my!