The last post I did was just a shortened version of this one. I included the below table of the Ten Plagues in that shortened version of this post. I will not be going over each and every plague in detail. However, I will look at various aspects of some and expound on those. This is an interesting time that Aaron and Moses had with Pharaoh. One that has been documented by science as well as the Bible, in detail. Yes, science has seen the need to go and “prove” that things like this can and did occur naturally back then. It really doesn’t matter to me whether God did it supernaturally or with the natural events of nature. I believe God made it happen and at least a few someones have said in the past… “God works in mysterious ways.” Here is a website that speaks to the “scientific proof” that these events happened naturally by various natural reasons – the article entitled “Scientists prove that the 10 Plagues of Egypt really did happen”.
As you all know by now, this is a Prayer series and God and Moses and Aaron were in constant contact with God during this time. There was a time line however for all of the plagues and I have found information on a couple of websites that explain the length of days/months that all ten of these plagues took place. Also, one of the websites answered another question that I had about another aspect of one of the plagues. (If you click on the picture it will enlarge so you can read it better).
Here is a table of the ten plagues. The following information is from The Agape Bible Study website.
|Ex 7:26-8:10 (8:1- 14)||
|Ex 8:12-15 (8:16-19)||
|Ex 8:16-28 (8:20-32)||
|Ex 11:1-8; 12:29-34||
* the precise nature of the 4th plague is not clear. The Hebrew word for the fourth plague is arov / arob, a noun based on a Hebrew root meaning to mix, thus yielding a word that means mixture ( Interlinear Bible: Hebrew-English, vol. I, page 160; Briggs-Driver-Brown Hebrew Lexicon, page 487).
Scripture does not identify the nature of the fourth plague; it is only noted that it was a mixture. It is possible, however, to suggest what the fourth plague may have been from observing the pattern of the other plagues that seem to progress in pairs:
- Plagues 1 and 2 came from water: the water of the Nile turning to blood and the frogs came from the water of the Nile (Ex 7:28; 8:3).
- Plagues 5 and 6 were caused by disease.
- Plagues 7 and 8 came from the sky (9:23; 10:13).
- Plagues 9 and 10 were the absence of light and the absence of the light of life; darkness in Scripture is often a symbol of death.
As I mentioned that one of the websites answered one of my questions… I will quote the question and answer from one of the websites because it is exactly what I was wondering. First here is the scripture I had questions about.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and tell him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 2 For if you refuse to let them go, and still hold them, 3 behold, the hand of the Lord will be on your cattle in the field, on the horses, on the donkeys, on the camels, on the oxen, and on the sheep—a very severe pestilence. 4 And the Lord will make a difference between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt. So nothing shall die of all that belongs to the children of Israel.”’” 5 Then the Lord appointed a set time, saying, “Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land.”
OK, here is the question that I had and from the website JesusAlive.
“Q: #327. In Exodus 9, it says that God killed ALL of the livestock of Egypt by pestilence during the 5th plague. Then, before the 7th plague, God told Moses to warn everyone to bring their livestock out of the fields so they wouldn’t die. Where did the livestock come from in such a short time between the 5th and 7th plagues?”
18 Behold, tomorrow about this time I will cause very heavy hail to rain down, such as has not been in Egypt since its founding until now. 19 Therefore send now and gather your livestock and all that you have in the field, for the hail shall come down on every man and every animal which is found in the field and is not brought home; and they shall die.”’”
There are three possible explanations on that same website. The first one seems most plausible to me, as it did to the writer of the article. I will include his first answer and you can read the rest of the possible answers if you click this link – Where did the livestock come from?
“#1. If you look at (Ex 9:3), we see God saying that the pestilence would strike all the livestock that were “in the field.” So, perhaps there was sheltered livestock that was not “in the field,” which kept them from being struck with the pestilence. I find this the most likely explanation. There were quite likely very many places throughout the land to shelter animals. For example, we can see in (2 Chr 32:28) that King Hezekiah had “stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes (coops) for flocks.” (2 Chr 9:25) says that King Solomon had 4000 stalls for his horses! (See: Num 32:16,24,36, Mal 4:2, Zeph 2:6, Hab 3:17 for more examples)
*** Note: Something like this would also explain why in (Ex 14:7), Pharaoh had 600 horse drawn chariots to chase after Moses.”
“Q: #219. How long did the 10 plagues of Egypt last?”
“A: The Bible does not tell us the answer to this question, and as a result, there are numerous guesses. These range anywhere from about a month to about a year (the Jewish Mishnah says 1 year). Based on my studies, I am guessing about 4-5 months. Here is why.
We do know several facts for sure. First, the Bible says in (Ex 7:6) that Moses was 80 years old when the 10 plagues started after he spoke to Pharaoh. After the plagues were done, and Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go, they wandered in the desert for 40 years (Num 14:33-34, 32:13). Moses died at the end of the 40 years at the age of 120 (Deut 34:7). Therefore, if Moses was 80 at the start, wandered 40 years, and died at 120, the plagues had to have ended in under a year.” …
“…Therefore, the timeframe for the 7th plague through the 10th plague was almost certainly no more than a month and a half to two months. This works out to about 2 weeks at most for each (the length of the plague plus the warning proceeding it). If we carry this out to the other 6 plagues, we get 12 weeks. So, the total is 20 weeks or about 4 to 5 months for all 10 plagues.”
This link “How long did the 10 Plagues of Egypt last?” – will take you to the entire article. It is worth the read and it’s not very long. Shouldn’t take you but a few minutes. You ask “Why is this all that important?” It really isn’t that important as far as the story line goes. It is important to note, though, that God drew this out over time. He was making a point and hoping that it would make a point to Pharaoh, I believe. I bet God was so hoping that Pharaoh was going to change… although God knew he wouldn’t … because God is God and He knew the outcome, before Pharaoh was born! God is a good God and wants all to come to a knowledge of Him. More than just a “knowledge” of Him though. Since we know the “rest of the story” and know that Jesus came and died and rose again, we know, ultimately, God wants everyone – ALL – to come to a “Saving Knowledge” of Him! However, Jesus had not graced the earth at this time in history – at least not as Jesus Christ, Son of man. We know, though, that Pharaoh did not ever concede and he was pretty destroyed because of it. God gave him so many chances. So many!
It is worth stating here that the Israelites did not suffer any loss or damage of any kind in the land of Goshen, which was just next to Egypt – during these plagues. Goshen was where the Israelites lived and God protected them, as He said He would. They were under His protection just as we are when we accept Jesus Christ. When we come to a Saving Knowledge of Jesus Christ and accept Him into our lives, our lives, our sins, our shortcomings are all covered by the blood of the Lamb.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Have you heard God calling you? Have you thought that you heard in your heart and spirit “Walk this way” and you chose to walk another? We are human. We make mistakes. We fall, God picks us up. God understands because He created us. We are our own worst enemy though. God can forgive if we come to Him with a truly repentant heart. But if we never acknowledge our error, turn from it, repent and ask forgiveness, how is God ever going to forgive us? We keep holding on to it and beating ourselves over the head with “IT”… whatever “IT” is. God says the time is now. Not next week, not even the next hour… Now!
“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”[a]
14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
If God calls you to come to Him and either walk a different path – away from a damaging situation or relationship, or come to Jesus for your salvation, don’t ignore that call. That still, small voice is the most important one you will ever hear! Heed God’s call to come to Him. After all He calls you His beloved!
The Song – The Wind And The Waves – David Phelps
The Video – The Wind And The Waves (with lyrics) – David Phelps