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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bible Lesson: Miracles Of The Old Testament: The Ten Plagues

Bible Lesson: Miracles Of The Old Testament: Ten Egyptian Plagues.

Occasion: The Revelation Of God's Power.

Location: Egypt.

Bible Text: Exodus Chapters 7-12.

Exodus 7:1-7 NLT
1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pay close attention to this. I will make you seem like God to Pharaoh, and your brother, Aaron, will be your prophet. 
2 Tell Aaron everything I command you, and Aaron must command Pharaoh to let the people of Israel leave his country. 
3 But I will make Pharaoh’s heart stubborn so I can multiply My miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt. 4 Even then Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you. So I will bring down My fist on Egypt. Then I will rescue My forces—My people, the Israelites—from the land of Egypt with great acts of judgment. 
5 When I raise My powerful hand and bring out the Israelites, the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.”
6 So Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded them. 
7 Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron was eighty-three when they made their demands to Pharaoh.

1) The Plague Of Blood. Exodus 7:14-24 KJV
Aaron, struck the waters of the Nile with his staff, and they became blood.
Exodus 7:22 NLT But again the magicians of Egypt used their magic, and they, too, turned water into blood.

2) The Plague Of Frogs. Exodus 8:1-15 KJV
Aaron raises his staff over the water of Egypt, and up came frogs.
All the land became filled with frogs, Pharaoh pleads that they be removed.
Exodus 8:7 NLLT But the magicians were able to do the same thing with their magic. They, too, caused frogs to come up on the land of Egypt.

3) The Plague Of Gnats (Lice). Exodus 8:16-19 KJV
Aaron, was told to strike the ground with his staff and the dust would become gnats.
Pharaoh's magicians tried to do the same, but could not. The whole land was filled with gnats.

4) The Plague Of Flies. Exodus 8:20-32 KJV
Aaron, warns Pharaoh, to let his people go or the Lord will send swarms of flies.
Swarms of flies infested the land.

5) The Plague Of Murrain. Exodus 9:1-7 KJV
All of Pharaoh's animals came down with a deadly plague. Pharaoh's animals lay dead.

6) The Plague Of Boils. Exodus 9:8-12 KJV
All of Pharaoh's people came down with boils, including the magicians.

7) The Plague Of Hail. Exodus 9:13-35 KJV
Hail, destroyed, people, animals, plants and trees.

8) The Plague Of Locusts. Exodus 10:1-20 KJV
Locusts, destroy everything in the land of Egypt.

9) The Plague Of Darkness. Exodus 10:21-29 KJV
For three days darkness was so thick, one could feel it, no one moved.

10) The Plague Of Death Of The First Born. Exodus 11:1-9/ 12:1-30 KJV
The death angel, struck the first born of the Egyptians and their animals.
Exodus 12:30 NLT Pharaoh and all his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died.

Many of the above were worshiped in one form or another in ancient Egypt, but God proved who was greater!

Exodus 20:1-6 KJV
1 And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

(First Commandment.)
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

(Second Commandment.)
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Exodus 12:31-42 NLT
Israel Leaves Egypt

31 Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron during the night. “Get out!” he ordered. “Leave my people—and take the rest of the Israelites with you! Go and worship the Lord as you have requested. 
32 Take your flocks and herds, as you said, and be gone. Go, but bless me as you leave.” 
33 All the Egyptians urged the people of Israel to get out of the land as quickly as possible, for they thought, “We will all die!”
34 The Israelites took their bread dough before yeast was added. They wrapped their kneading boards in their cloaks and carried them on their shoulders. 
35 And the people of Israel did as Moses had instructed; they asked the Egyptians for clothing and articles of silver and gold. 
36 The Lord caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth!
37 That night the people of Israel left Rameses and started for Succoth. There were about 600,000 men, plus all the women and children. 
38 A rabble of non-Israelites went with them, along with great flocks and herds of livestock. 
39 For bread they baked flat cakes from the dough without yeast they had brought from Egypt. It was made without yeast because the people were driven out of Egypt in such a hurry that they had no time to prepare the bread or other food.
40 The people of Israel had lived in Egypt for 430 years. 
41 In fact, it was on the last day of the 430th year that all the Lord’s forces left the land. 
42 On this night the Lord kept His promise to bring His people out of the land of Egypt. So this night belongs to Him, and it must be commemorated every year by all the Israelites, from generation to generation.

Exodus 12:43-51 NLT
The Passover

43 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “These are the instructions for the festival of Passover. No outsiders are allowed to eat the Passover meal. 
44 But any slave who has been purchased may eat it if he has been circumcised. 
45 Temporary residents and hired servants may not eat it. 
46 Each Passover lamb must be eaten in one house. Do not carry any of its meat outside, and do not break any of its bones. 
47 The whole community of Israel must celebrate this Passover festival.
48 “If there are foreigners living among you who want to celebrate the Lord’s Passover, let all their males be circumcised. Only then may they celebrate the Passover with you like any native-born Israelite. But no uncircumcised male may ever eat the Passover meal. 
49 This instruction applies to everyone, whether a native-born Israelite or a foreigner living among you.”
50 So all the people of Israel followed all the Lord’s commands to Moses and Aaron. 
51 On that very day the Lord brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt like an army.

Our Lord told Abraham...
Genesis 18:14 KJV
Is any thing too hard for the LORD?..." 

Answer, no!

“But pastor, this was disease, destruction, and even death!”

Answer: (And be sure to write this verse in the first page of  your Bible!)
Psalm 145:17 KJV
The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works.

Psalm 18:30 KJV
As for God, His way is perfect..."

Isaiah 55:8,9 KJV
8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Romans 11:33,34 KJV
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!
34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been His counselor?

Revelation 15:3 KJV
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of Saints.

Then there is another lesson from this story and that is....
Hebrews 3:15 KJV
While it is said, To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts..."

Pharaoh and all of Egypt, hardened their hearts and would not listen to the warning of God, and they suffered, suffered the consequences.

Isaiah  63:10 KJV
But they rebelled, and vexed His Holy Spirit: therefore He was turned to be their enemy, and He fought against them.

Genesis 4:7 NLT (God's message to Cain.)
You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”

James 4:7,8 KJV
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you..."

Psalm 145:18-21 KJV
18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him: He also will hear their cry, and will save them.
20 The Lord preserveth all them that love Him: but all the wicked will He destroy.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless His holy name for ever and ever.

Salvation Prayer