This is a handout I had put together for a Sunday School lesson one time. Not an all-inclusive list, but I think you can get the point. It was an un-dated piece in the archives. Sorry for the poor formatting.
|Scripture||Plague||Israel Exempt?||Egyptian God(s) involved|
|1) 7:14 – 25||Nile River to blood||No||Hapi – spirit of the Nile Khnum – guardian of the Nile|
|2) 8:1 – 15|| Frogs|
In their beds, on their heads, and in their breads.
|No||Heqt – form of a frog Hapi – spirit of the Nile|
|3) 8:16 – 19||Swarms of Lice/Gnats||No||Uncertain; perhaps an attack on Egyptian Priests|
|4) 8:20 – 32||Flies||Yes||Uatchit – a god who manifested himself as a fly|
|5) 9:1 – 7||Disease on the Cattle||Yes||Apis bull revered; Sacred bulls and cows Ptah, Mnrvis, Hathor|
|6) 9:8 – 11||Boils/Sores on Man and Animal||Yes||Sekhmet – goddess with power to heal. Serapis – healing god|
|7) 9:12 – 35||Destruction of Crops and Cattle by Hail||Yes||Seth – protector of crops Nut – sky goddess|
|8) 10:1 – 20|| Destruction of Crops by Locusts|
4 inches deep
|Yes||Isis – goddess of life Seth – protector of crops|
|9) 10:21 – 29||Darkness||Yes||Re – sun god Atum – god of setting sun|
|10) 11:1-10||Death of the Firstborn||Yes – if blood properly applied||Osiris – giver of life Pharaoh also was considered deity|
4:2 A rod = A shepherd’s crook. Shepherds are an abomination to Egyptians
5:2 In Egypt the king was generally considered a god and he refused to acknowledge YAHWEH
7:9 – 10 The word for serpent is different from that used in 4:3 and may indicate a monstrous snake, or possibly a crocodile
9:23 Hailstorms are a rarity in Egypt, a fact that heightened the effect of the miracle.
Memory Verse: Exodus 8:1 “Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.”
That’s a really cool study. I enjoyed that tremendously. Thank you.
I don’t think it’d been pointed out, to me, before, how the plagues were direct challenges to Egyptian gods. But this was a timely read for me. We had “a plague of frogs” (one frog) in the classroom yesterday. (I was one the one who called it a plague.)
Well, if you’re still working with the littler children, one frog is more than plenty. One time when I taught in the 4 & 5 yr old class and taught about the plagues I brought in a live frog. That was an interesting class, hahaha.