The Ten Plagues for Big Kids
The Bible reveals that the Hebrews were slaves in the land
of Egypt for 400 years. Earlier in the book of Genesis when Joseph was betrayed
by his brothers and sold as a slave and taken to Egypt, God used that whole
situation to prepare the descendants of Abraham about how to trust the LORD. All
of the time that the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt God was preparing a nation in
fulfillment of his promise to Abraham. Egypt had become the most powerful
kingdom in the world, and Pharaoh was the most powerful ruler in the world. When
Moses came with a staff and demanded that he let God's people go Pharaoh scoffed
at him and mocked God. Throughout a series of 10 devastating plagues upon the
land of Egypt, God actually mocked all the gods of the Egyptians and even
Pharaoh himself. Pharaoh finally let the Hebrews go and with all the wealth of
Egypt. Ultimately the Hebrews learned that God is in control, that He is a God
of miracles and can do whatever He wants, and that He will take care of His
people and they would be wise to put all their trust in Him.
in Bible History.
Moses. Moses learned well at the burning bush that the
LORD is the God of all the earth. Moses saw the God turn his staff into a
snake, and then turned back into his staff again. Moses also saw his hand become
white with leprosy, and then God made his hand normal again. The Bible calls
Moses "the humblest man on the face of the earth" and he was no doubt quite an
individual. Moses did not feel adequate to do the task of demanding that Pharaoh
let God's people go because he was not a good speaker. God told Moses "your
brother Aaron shall speak for you now go" and Moses did as the Lord commanded.
It is hard to imagine but Moses came and stood before Pharaoh, the most powerful
man in all the earth.
Pharaoh. The rulers within the land of Egypt called
Pharaoh. It is impossible to know exactly which Pharaoh it was that was ruling
Egypt when Moses came and demanded that he let God's people go. The Hebrews had
been slaves for over 400 years and Pharaoh was the most powerful man in the
world, he was not about to let a Hebrew threaten him to let Israel go.
Moses came and said to Pharaoh "God has sent me to ask you to let his people go"
and then Pharaoh scoffed at this and hardened his heart and made the burden upon
the Hebrews much greater. Would Pharaoh did not realize is that the LORD is the
God of all the earth and Pharaoh was not able to withstand Him. God sent 10
devastating plagues upon the land of Egypt and finally Pharaoh let God's people
go, but then he sent his armies after them in defiance. The Red Sea had parted
for the Israelites who would left Egypt with all their wealth, Evan Pharaoh's
armies had ended the sea the close upon them and they were swept away. Pharaoh
was the most powerful men the world but history proves that in the midst of all
the power of man, God is in control.
First Plague: In
the first plague the Lord turned the water of the Nile River into blood. Moses
warned Pharaoh but Pharaoh's heart was hardened, the terrible plague lasted for
seven days even though the magicians of Egypt could not do anything to stop it.
(Exodus 7:14-24). Blood.
Second Plague: In
the next plague the Lord sent frogs throughout the land of Egypt. Moses warned
Pharaoh but he hardened his heart against the Lord and would not let God's
people go. (Exodus 8:1-15). Frogs.
Third Plague: In the
third plague the Lord sent lice, because Pharaoh hardened his heart once again.
Pharaoh's magicians saw this plague and said "This is the finger of God."
(Exodus 8:16-19). Lice.
Fourth Plague: in
the fourth plague the Lord sent flies, Moses warned Pharaoh, and Pharaoh
hardened his heart against the Lord and would not let the people go. Israel did
not get affected by this plague, and this was the first time that Pharaoh made
an offer. (Exodus 8:20-32). Flies.
In the fifth plague God sent a terrible disease on the cattle. Pharaoh was
warned again and he hardened his heart. (Exodus 9:1-7). Disease on Livestock.
Sixth Plague: In
the six plague the Lord sent open sores or boils on the skin. This time the Lord
hardened Pharaoh's heart. (Exodus 9:8-12). Boils.
Seventh Plague: The
next plague the Lord sent a great hail and when it landed on the ground it
turned into fire. Moses warned Pharaoh and Pharaoh hardened his heart.
Everyone who did not heed the warning was smitten by the plague. (Exodus
Eighth Plague: In
the eighth plague the Lord sent a miserable plague of locusts. Pharaoh made
another offer to Moses but were not completely let the people go. Moses had
warned Pharaoh and Pharaoh hardened his heart again. (Exodus 10:1-20). Locusts.
The ninth plague was a great darkness throughout the land of Egypt, a darkness
which could be felt. The darkness remain in the land for three days. This was
quite humiliating to Pharaoh since the word "Pharaoh" means "the sun". Pharaoh
hardened his heart and the worst was yet to come. (Exodus 10:21-22). Darkness.
Moses revealed his anger by this time, this was because of Pharaoh's rejection
even in the midst of all the suffering. God sent the Angel of death to go
throughout the land of Egypt, and if anyone did not have the blood of a lamb
placed upon the doorpost of their house, that house would be smitten by the
death Angel. The Israelites were quick to obey God, and the Egyptians suffered
greatly with the loss of their firstborn, even in the house of Pharaoh. (Exodus
11). Death of the First-Born.
The First Passover. The Passover happened at the time
of Moses and the 10 plagues. In the 10th and final plague the death Angel passed
through the land of Egypt. The death angel was sent to kill every firstborn son
in every house if there was not the blood of a lamb on the doorpost as a sign.
when the death Angel saw the blood on the doorpost it would "pass-over" that
house and the firstborn son was spared. This was the Passover.
The Exodus from Egypt. After the 10 plagues Pharaoh
finally agreed to let the Hebrew slaves go. The Exodus is when Moses
The Riches of Egypt. According to the Bible the Hebrew
slaves left the land of Egypt with all the wealth of the Egyptians. The people
of Egypt were glad to see the Hebrews go. All the gold and silver and jewels and
other precious items would be later used for the construction of the tabernacle,
and even Solomon's Temple.
The God's of Egypt. There were many gods in the land of Egypt, the Nile
River God, the bull deity, and deities for all the animals and many other sorts
of gods within the land. The true God of heaven smote the land of Egypt and
humiliated Pharaoh and all of his gods.
The study of Moses and the 10 plagues is very important in the study of the
Bible, let's pray:
Dear Jesus, we thank you and praise you for your Word. It
is amazing that you revealed your power in your strength in the land of ancient
Egypt. Pharaoh could not stand against you, and whatever you desire will happen
because you are in control and you will not let your people be slaves to
anyone. We praise you Lord that you are our defender our strength and a present
help in time of need. We trust you and we stand with you. In Jesus name? Amen!
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