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Wednesday, October 17 2018
A Bible Journey, 59: The Plagues On Cattle And Linen
"All the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one ... the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled"
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name and The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God) began the plagues upon the ignorant Pharaoh ("ignorant" doesn't mean to not know - it means to ignore what has been made known) with troubles in the great Nile River, a source of life and bounty for millions of people.
While the river saved Israel when they first sought refuge there (see A Bible Journey, 47: Goshen During The Famine), it was also used as a place of murder, wherein the Pharaoh of 4 centuries later ordered all newborn male Israelite infants to be cast into the waters, not just to drown, but to be devoured (see A Bible Journey, 57: Waters Of Blood and The Dragons Of The Bible).
The targeted plagues then moved inland, not yet upon the cities, but upon the resources that fed them. Notice that the plagues were precisely targeted, "And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children's of Israel."
"9:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses [see also The Meeting Of Moses And Aaron and Moses And Zipporah], Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 9:2 For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, 9:3 Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain. 9:4 And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children's of Israel." (Exodus 9:1-4 KJV)
The Pharaoh was a hard man, upon himself. The wrath and destruction were in his power to stop at any time, but "the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go."
"9:5 And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land. 9:6 And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. 9:7 And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go." (Exodus 9:5-7 KJV)
Then infections of "a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast." The sorcerers (see also What Is Sorcery? and Enchantments: The Pharaoh's Magicians In Concert) had by then stopped adding to the destruction by imitating the true miracles done by Moses and Aaron, but they remained in their places of offense. So "the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians."
"9:8 And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. 9:9 And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.
The plagues upon the Pharaoh's arrogance followed a precise pattern that will be repeated to an end-time Emperor who will be even more obstinate; the "four horsemen of the apocalypse" that will bring famine and pestilence in the same way, for the same reason (see The Horsemen Of The Apocalypse and The Battle Of The End-Time Prophets).
"9:13 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 9:14 For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. 9:15 For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. 9:17 As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go? 9:18 Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now. 9:19 Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die." (Exodus 9:13-19 KJV)
The wrath was not indiscriminate. Anyone who repented and heeded the Word of God was spared the troubles.
"9:20 He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: 9:21 And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field." (Exodus 9:20-21 KJV)
The main agricultural crops were then targeted (see also Ipuwer's Exodus for an Egyptian historical account, identical to the Biblical account).
"9:22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.
The crop destruction is also a testimony to the accuracy of the Holy Scriptures. The events of the Exodus occurred in early spring, the time in Egypt when "the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled" but "the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up."
"9:27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. 9:28 Intreat the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer.
Fact Finder: Egyptian flax is stated in the Scriptures above. What was flax used for?
This Day In History
This Day In History, October 17
456: Western Roman emperor Avitus was forced by Ricimer (a Roman general of German birth; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) to abdicate and to become bishop of Placentia.
1346: David II of Scotland, in attempting a military diversion on behalf of Philip VI to relieve the siege of Calais, was wounded and captured by Edward III.
1448: The Second Battle of Kosovo. The Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi was defeated by Ottoman forces led by Sultan Murad II.
1456: The University of Greifswald was established, making it the second-oldest university in northern Europe.
1483: Pope Sixtus IV began the Spanish Inquisition, placing it under joint direction of the Church and state. Tomas de Torquemada, 63, was appointed Grand Inquisitor in charge of removing Jews and Muslims from Spain.
1529: King Henry VIII of England removed Thomas Wolsey from office for failing to secure an annulment of his marriage.
1797: The Treaty of Campo Formio, a peace accord between France and Austria, was signed.
1868: Laura Secord died at age 93. A Canadian heroine of the War of 1812 (1812-1814), she warned British forces of a major impending U.S. attack on southern Ontario. After learning about the attack when they invaded her home, where she was tending to her wounded husband, she then ran 20 miles overnight through woods and swamp to report their presence. Her action led to the British victory at the Battle of Beaver Dams on June 24 1813 where 500 U.S. invaders, including their wounded commander, were taken prisoner.
1907: Guglielmo Marconi's company began the first commercial transatlantic wireless service, between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.
1910: The first major warship of the new Royal Canadian Navy, HMS Niobe, was commissioned at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1933: German-born Albert Einstein arrived in the U.S. as a Jewish refugee from the growing Nazi threat in Europe (see also The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).
1941: A German submarine torpedoed the U.S. destroyer Kearney off the coast of Iceland, killing 11 of the crew.
1956: Queen Elizabeth officially opened the Britain's first nuclear power station at Calder Hall in Cumbria. Calder Hall was the first nuclear station to supply an appreciable amount of power into a civilian network.
1970: President Anwar Sadat was sworn in as President of Egypt in succession to Gamal Abdel Nasser.
1970: Pierre Laporte, a Quebec cabinet minister, was kidnapped and murdered by Quebec separation terrorists.
1973: Arab oil producers increased oil prices and cut back production in response to U.S. support of Israel during the Yom Kippur War.
1989: The biennial conference of the 103 nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species settled on a world-wide ban on ivory trading.
1989: An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale struck the San Francisco area. 66 people were killed in the area, and damage was estimated at $10 billion.
1994: Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty, formally ending their 46-year state of war.
1997: Cuba re-buried the remains of leftist guerrilla Ernesto "Che" Guevara, as a national hero, 30 years after his execution in Bolivia (see also Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right? and When Do Liberals Become Conservatives?).