Plagues – Before Passover
Exodus 7:14 – I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites.
Since this is the week before Passover I am dealing with things that had to occur before that night. As Christians, celebrating Easter, we don’t think much about the ten plagues that occurred to bring about the first Passover. My guess is that before each of us had our personal “Passover” we had things going on in our life that opened our hearts to Him.
My purpose here is not to discuss the plagues in detail; I have lightly touched on them in The Wonders That Plagued Egypt, Reflections on the Judgments in Exodus, and Frogs in the Bible. My focus is their connection to Passover. I don’t think that it took more than a year to do all of these and God had a timetable to watch; He brought them out on the anniversary of their arrival – Exodus 12: 41. This website was a good read on the subject: http://jesusalive.cc/ques219.htm .
To me, it seems that the wonders that were done had to happen for two groups of people: the Egyptians and the Israelites.
Egyptians – Pharaoh was the primary target of the plagues. The decision to release the people had to come through him, and he had an attitude problem. The people had to be conditioned to WANT to give away their riches. They gave away a lot of stuff. Read about the quantities of materials that were needed to construct the Ark and the Tabernacle; they really did plunder Egypt.
Israelites – The community was affected by the first three plagues and could have been affected by the last one if they had not followed instructions; starting with the plague of the flies in Exodus 8:20 God did not bring the rest of the plagues on His people. It seems like God was teaching His people about Himself and trying to build their faith in Him. I know for sure that since they ushered in Passover and the Exodus, which was the turning point for them as a people, they were important. The story is talked about in many other places in the Bible I put some of them in a post – The Exodus Story in Other Places.
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