Bible Study Lesson from Exodus 7:14- 10:29
Moses and Aaron go back to Pharaoh on God’s command to release the plagues on the country of Egypt.
In this chapter, and in the verses to follow, we’ll see the beginning of the Exodus for Israel.
God Releases the Plagues of Egypt
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is stubborn; he refuses to let the people go.
Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he is going out to the water, and station yourself to meet him on the bank of the Nile; and you shall take in your hand the staff that was turned into a serpent.
You shall say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness. But behold, you have not listened until now.”
Thus says the Lord, “By this you shall know that I am the Lord: behold, I will strike the water that is in the Nile with the staff that is in my hand, and it will be turned to blood.
The fish that are in the Nile will die, and the Nile will become foul, and the Egyptians will find difficulty in drinking water from the Nile.”’”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, over their streams, and over their pools, and over all their reservoirs of water, that they may become blood; and there will be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.’”
So Moses and Aaron did even as the Lord had commanded. And he lifted up the staff and struck the water that was in the Nile, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, and all the water that was in the Nile was turned to blood. – Exodus 7:14 NASB
These are the first plagues of Egypt. I have saved the “firstborn plague” until a later study lesson.
- Blood Nile
- Frog Plague
- Plague of Gnats
- Fly Plague
- Livestock Plague
- Plague of Boils
- Plague of Hail
- Plague of Locusts
- Plague of Darkness
All these plagues God spread over Egypt and Pharaoh would still not release the people of Israel.
Why was Pharaoh so Stubborn?
One reason is, these people represented free labor for Egypt so letting them go meant that the Egyptians would have to do all the tasks of gathering straw, making bricks and other jobs especially related to building.
More to Come
The only plague that finally changed the mind of Pharaoh was the one that took his own son – but we’ll leave the story of this last plague to the next Bible study lesson.
Love in Christ
Discover how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ – please take a moment to read John 3:16 for more information.
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