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"Let My People Go"

"Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, "Thus says The Lord, the God of Israel, 'Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.'" But Pharaoh said, "Who is The Lord, that I should heed His voice and let Israel go? I do not know The Lord, and moreover I will not let Israel go." (Exodus 5:1-2 RSV)

Waters Turned To Blood The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt were not accustomed to receiving commands from others, particularly from such "lowly" people as Moses and Aaron. Their message came directly from God, but the Pharaoh (see Who Was The Exodus Pharaoh?) was of no mind to listen. Pharaohs didn't believe in the True God - their "gods" were various idols, and such natural things as bulls and reptiles and the Nile River. They worshiped created things, rather than The Creator - perhaps the primary reason that God targeted a number of Egypt's "gods" directly with the ten plagues.

The First Plague (Exodus 7:14-24)
All of the water in Egypt - right from water already in buckets and jars, to ponds, canals, streams, even the Nile River - turned to blood. Then all of the fish of the river died, causing a terrible stench.

The Second Plague (Exodus 8:1-15)
Frogs miraculously multiplied in number, so many that the land was infested with the normally aquatic creatures. Even people's houses had them inside.

The Third Plague (Exodus 8:16-19)
Vast swarms of gnats tormented people and animals.

The Fourth Plague (Exodus 8:20-32)
Vast swarms of flies through the land, spreading disease.

The Fifth Plague (Exodus 9:1-7)
Disease on the livestock - Horses, donkeys, Camels, cattle, sheep and goats - but those of the Israelites were unharmed.

The Sixth Plague (Exodus 9:8-12)
Festering boils on people and animals through the land.

The Seventh Plague (Exodus 9:13-35)
Powerful hail storms that destroyed the standing crops. The hail stones were so big that any people or animals caught outside in the storm were killed.

The Eighth Plague (Exodus 10:1-20)
Locusts in such great numbers that the ground was covered with them. They devoured everything that survived the hail storm.

The Ninth Plague (Exodus 10:21-29)
Darkness over the entire land for three days - but the Israelites had light in The Land Of Goshen.

The Tenth Plague (Exodus 11:1-10, 12:1-42)
Death of the firstborn. The Passover. Pharaoh let the Israelites go. The Wilderness Journey began.

Fact Finder: Who actually did the speaking in their appearances before Pharaoh - Moses or Aaron? Why?
Exodus 4:10-16


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