Notes on the Exodus (85)

“Exposing the Exodus”

The way, the truth and the life!

The day of the Frogs  (Chapter 8 Verses 1-15)

This is the second strike which comes with a warning (v1). The first was without warning. The consequences of Pharaoh continuing in his intractability is made clear. The king is told that he and his household will be affected. There is much more of this to come before this nation of idolators are brought to their knees. It does us well here in the United Kingdom to reflect on these events for we manifest the same careless, heedless attitude to God and to his cause. We suffer the effects of what is called natural disasters. It may be storms, Tsunamis, earthquakes, even human instrumentality i.e. acts of terror. But few would venture to consider that all such may be manifestations of Divine displeasure being revealed (Romans 1:18). If not a sparrow falls to the earth without Divine decree surely none of these other events take place without the same. The words of Jesus come to mind, “I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). The previous act of judgment was simply shrugged off (7:23). The idea of supernatural phenomena in a society in the grip of atheistic thinking is pushed aside as utter nonsense. Because Egypt is a nation of idolators i.e. false religion you must not make the mistake of attributing belief in God to them. A person or people who do not believe in the God of the Bible, the true and living God, are not believers in God. They are unbelievers, they are no different to those who call themselves atheists, humanists, or secularists. But when the idea of phenomena is suppressed it surfaces otherwise as here in the West in occultism, Satanism. The result is you have major cities in the grip of the powers of darkness. Cities that once abounded with Bible believing churches. Now there are few to be found. When a man is indifferent to God Satan fills the void. This is to be seen in the entirety of Europe today. A naturalistic worldview empty of any hope, joy or peace, just emptiness, a mass of people who believe nothing. So what is filling the vacuum? Islam. But Christian indifference?

This is not a vendetta or an argument about morals. This is about who the people of God worship, there can be no compromise on this let alone indifference. Where’s the zeal for Christ and his cause? Where are the pulpits that uncompromisingly and persistently coming against the enemies of God and the gospel? Where there are any what are they met with what, criticism? Very recently there was a Pastor in Northern Ireland who was taken to court for declaring, rightly, from his own pulpit that Islam was spawned by Satan. He was met with criticism. Before the matter was thrown out court he had to resign from his church. He had some support but not what he ought to have gotten. The blood in the previous strike was a symbol of sins wages (Romans 6:23). The frogs here symbolise the work of Satan, uncleanness. One of the Egyptian goddesses was depicted as a frog with a woman’s head, they relied upon her for fertility, she was their life-giver, not God. They, in turn, would offer their children back to her. The end of false religion is death. The war against God becomes suicidal, murderous. One commentator says of all the miracles God used in the Bible this was the funniest. I find that grossly offensive! Funny? What is funny about the judgment of God? It is solemn, it is tragic. Souls of men and women blinded and hell-bound, funny? It should make us howl and weep. Oh, that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people” (Jeremiah 9:1)!

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)

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