LOCUSTS (EXODUS)

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locusts exodus
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locusts Exodus TEN PLAGUES PROVED A POINT FOR BOTH JEWS AND EGYPTIANS (locusts Exodus)

“AND THE EGYPTIANS WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD WHEN I STRETCH OUT MY HAND AGAINST EGYPT AND BRING THE ISRAELITES OUT OF IT” EXODUS 7:5 locusts exodus

 

        LOCUSTS, OR GRASSHOPPERS, NORMALLY LIVE A SOLITARY FROM STALK TO STALK AND PLACIDLY MUNCHING ON LEAVES AND FLOWERS. THE SOMETHING HAPPENS—WHETHER IN RESPONSE TO CLIMATE FOOD SUPPLY, OR CROWDED CONDITIONS—THAT TRIGGERS A CHANGE.(locusts in exodus) THE LOCUSTS GROW RESTIVE, FLUSH AN OMINOUS PINK COLOR, AND BEGIN TO SEEK OTHER LOCUSTS. locusts exodus

          THEY BECOME A PLAGUE. GREAT CLATTERING HORDES OF THEM, MILLIONS STRONG, BLACKEN THE SKY, SHUTTING OUT SUNLIGHT. GROUP OF THEM FALL TO THE GROUND LIKE CLUSTER BOMBS AND DISPERSE TO DESTROY EVERY SIGN OF VEGETATION.(locusts in exodus) PESTICIDE SPRAYING MAY KILL A FEW MILLION, BUT THE MIGRATORY SWARM WILL BARELY NOTICE SUCH LOSSES.

          A SINGLE SWARM CROSSING THE RED SEA WAS ONCE MEASURED AT 15 MILES WIDE, THREE MILES DEEP, AND 100 MILES LONG. UPON LANDING, THE LOCUSTS CONSUMED CROPS, LEATHER, FENCE, AND EVEN TOOL HANDLES, LEAVING BEHIND TOTAL DEVASTATION OVER 2000 SQUARE MILES. locusts exodus)

WHY THE TEN PLAGUES? locusts exodus

          EXODUS (7:12) DEPICTS TEN CATACLYSMIC PLAGUES ON EGYPT—INCLUDING A LOCUST SWARM—IN BRIEF BUT GRAPHIC DETAIL. THE BIBLE DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH THE QUESTION OF HOW THESE NATURAL PHENOMENA OCCURRED; IT MERELY AFFIRMS THAT SOMETHING SUPERNATURAL TOOK PLACE. THE MIRACLES WERE AN UNPRECEDENTED DISPLAY OF GOD’S POWER.

          A NATION WAS ABOUT TO BE BORN, AND THE JEW’S UPROOTING FROM EGYPT CALLED FOR SUCH POWER. THE ISRAELITES HAD, AFTER ALL, LIVED FOR CENTURIES IN EGYPT. IT WOULD TAKE A STRONG INCENTIVE INDEED TO MOTIVATE A MASSIVE, ABRUPT DEPARTURE. AND EGYPT WOULD NOT EASILY LET THOUSANDS OF VALUABLE SLAVES WALK AWAY FREE.

TWO REPUTATIONS AT STAKE locusts exodus

          THE TEN PLAGUES CONVINCINGLY ESTABLISHED MOSES’ AUTHORITY. HE HAD HESITATED TO ACCEPT A LEADERSHIP ROLE, DOUBTING WHETHER THE OTHER ISRAELITES WOULD TRUST HIM (EXODUS 4:1). BUT MOSES’ DRAMATIC CONFRONTATIONS WITH PHARAOH DISPELLED ALL DOUBTS. HE AND HE ALONE COULD LEAD THEM TO FREEDOM.

          SOMEONE ELSE’S CREDIBILITY WAS ALSO AT STAKE: THAT OF GOD HIMSELF. IN EGYPT, RELIGION CENTERED AROUND IDOLATRY, WITH SCORES OF GODS—INCLUDING EVEN SNAKES AND DUNG BEETLES—HELD UP AS OBJECTS OF WORSHIP. AGAINST THAT BACKGROUND, THE PLAGUES APPEAR AS GOD’S OPEN WARFARE AGAINST THE FALSE GODS OF EGYPT. HE SAID AS MUCH: “I WILL BRING JUDGEMENT ON ALL THE GODS OF EGYPT” (EXODUS 12:12).

          EXODUS ASSERTS MORE THAN A DOZEN TIMES THAT THE PLAGUES WERE GIVEN SO THAT ISRAEL AND EGYPT WOULD KNOW THE POWER OF ISRAEL’S GOD. EVIDENTLY THEY WORKED. EGYPTIANS BECAME SO CONVINCED OF GOD’S POWER THAT THEY LET THOUSANDS OF SLAVES LEAVE, WITH THE WEALTH OF EGYPT SHOWERED UPON THEM AS FAREWELL PRESENTS. THE ISRAELITES WERE SO CONVINCED THAT THEY LEFT THEIR HOME AND HISTORY AND MARCHED OUT BEHIND A SINGLE MAN TOWARD A DESERT AND A NEW LIFE. locusts exodus

LIFE QUESTIONS: DO YOU KNOW OF ANY MODERN COUNTRIES THAT TREAT MINORITIES CRUELLY, LIKE THE EGYPTIANS TREATED THE JEWS? WHAT WOULD MAKE SUCH A GOVERNMENT CHANGE ITS WAYS? locusts exodus

 

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