After a week of no water for the folks in Egypt, God sends Moses and Aaron back to Pharaoh. This time with frogs. One can only imagine how gross and disgusting the land must have become, Frogs literally everywhere. on the roads in people’s homes , kitchens, and even beds. I am sure Pharaoh had his share of frogs as well. But of course, he had people for that.
It must have quickly become obvious that God was not fooling around. Even though the magicians produced frogs as well, Pharaoh’s concern was not to take issue with how the frogs appeared, but instead how to get them to stop appearing. The magicians had not figured that one out! So, Pharaoh comes, hat in hand, and agrees to let the people go and worship if Moses will get rid of the frogs!!!
Interestingly, God comes through–Pharaoh does not! As Pharaoh will eventually learn, That never ends well. For God, it builds His credibility with Moses, Israel and even Pharaoh. It gives Moses the power to show himself as God’s leader, and it starts the transition of taking Israel an asset to Egypt and like the frogs making them a stench to the people of Egypt.
Getting Free was going to be a difficult process. God was aware of the depth that he would have to go to change the hearts of Israel. But the Lord carried out the change in an orderly and systematic fashion. Moses could probably see it, maybe Aaron, but clearly the Pharaoh and the people had a long way to go.
We, as God’s chosen, also need to recognize the process He takes us through to prepare us for eternity. God realizes we, as his people, must give up our love for this world much the same way Israel had to give up their love for Egypt. While the circumstances were difficult, Israel felt at home there. It would be hard to be and act free and independent. Our lives are the same.
We know the world culture. We are used to the demands the world makes and are comfortable conforming to them. The transformation into God’s children is a difficult one, but necessary for us to be prepared for an eternity in our Lord’s presence.
Paul said it best in Colossians 3, “Set your hearts and minds on things above, for you have died and your life is now hidden in Christ with God.” We are new creations and as such, we no longer fit into this world and its pattern. If we will trust and follow the Lord, He will transform us into citizens of Heaven and build into us an eternal perspective that will free us from the slavery of this world’s system.
God Bless You
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go into Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. 2 But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your country with frogs. 3 The Nile shall swarm with frogs that shall come up into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed and into the houses of your servants and your people,[b] and into your ovens and your kneading bowls. 4 The frogs shall come up on you and on your people and on all your servants.”’” 5 [c] And the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the canals and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt!’” 6 So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. 7 But the magicians did the same by their secret arts and made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.
8 Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, “Plead with the Lord to take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.” 9 Moses said to Pharaoh, “Be pleased to command me when I am to plead for you and for your servants and for your people, that the frogs be cut off from you and your houses and be left only in the Nile.” 10 And he said, “Tomorrow.” Moses said, “Be it as you say, so that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God.