Before the Exodus of Israel God did eleven wonders against Pharaoh and Egypt. I did not make a mistake Moses did eleven wonders not ten. The first wonder is in Exodus 7: 10 were Aaron threw down the “rod of God” and it became a snake, probably a cobra. The court magicians threw down their staffs and they were/became snakes. (The snakes were probably paralyzed so as to be walking sticks for the magicians.) All eleven of these wonders/signs defeated an Egyptian god. The cobra was a symbol of Pharaoh who considered himself a god.
The wonders of blood, frogs, and gnats happened to both the Egyptians and Israelites. I think this had to happen because the People had gotten too much of Egypt in them and Father God had to get their attention. These wonders are against water and land but also the attack of the frogs was wrapped up with beer and important food in Egypt. The magicians could do the snake, blood, and frogs, but the gnats they proclaimed the “finger of God.” (See Frogs in the Bible and Reflections on Judgments)
During ten of the wonders Pharaoh hardened his heart and “would not listen” or “let the people go.” This phrase is repeated many times and three different words are used for “hardened.” I will look into these words in a separate post.
If you accept the snake as one of the wonders there is a pattern of 1, 3, 3, 3, 1 to the plagues (hard hits). In the “second three” the stakes go up and only the Egyptians are affected (Exodus 8:22). I know that people had to deal with dead fish and frogs but in this “three” livestock died; so loss of food/income hits Egypt. The plague of the livestock would also be the sixth wonder (six is the number of man) and it hits them in the pocketbook.
In the next three wonders (hail, locust, and darkness) God says he unleashes the “full force of the plagues” (9: 14, 16). In the plague of hail people die because some officials would not bring in their slaves and field workers. This is the first time people died, before this it has only been animals dying. The hail would be the “eighth” wonder, eight is the number of new starts, and these last four plagues finally break Pharaoh and the Egyptians. The People don’t get any of these plagues as God continues to show both sets of people that He is choosing one over the other.
The last “hard hit” of the firstborn is special in that it will purposely affect man and animals. It also had the potential to affect the People of Israel and Egyptians alike. If the firstborn of the People were not covered by the blood of the lamb they also would have died.
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