Friday, December 17, 2010

Bible Study: Coming Out Of Bondage - Exodus - Chapter 9

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Exodus. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Exodus Chapter 9. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

9:1-7 – plague #5 – plague on livestock (horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep, and goats). But no animal belonging to the Israelites would die. God defeats Apis, the cattle god, a sacred bull worshiped by the Egyptians. (Bat, Hathor, Mnevis)

9:8-12 – plague #6 – plague of festering boils on Egyptians and their animals from the soot of the furnace. This is the first time man is touched by the plagues. Pharaoh had boils, too.

9:13-10:29 – The Lord’s defeat of Egypt’s air gods.

9:13-35 – plague #7 – plague of hail will kill every man and animal that has not been brought in from the field. This destroyed the flax and barley. God defeats Isis, the nature goddess.

9:14 – this is the full force of God’s plagues. As if He weren’t powerful before!

9:16 – God tells Pharaoh why He raised him to power.

9:20-21 – This is the 1st plague that each man, regardless of ethnicity, can protect himself from. Some of Pharaoh’s officials learned to fear the Lord.

9:24 – this is the worst storm Egypt had experienced up to this point.

9:27 – Pharaoh admits that he sinned.

9:29 – this happened so that Pharaoh would know that the earth is the Lord’s. Is this another defeat of the earth god, Geb? See 8:16-19.

9:24 – they sinned by hardening their hearts.

What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?

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