Exodus 6:28 – 11:10
- Deliverer’s Commission Renewed (6:28 – 7:7)
- Presenting the Signs of Divine Authority (7:8-13)
- 1st Plague: Water Turned to Blood (7:14-24)
- 2nd Plague: Frogs (7:25 – 8:15)
- 3rd Plague: Lice (8:16-19)
- 4th Plague: Flies (8:20-32)
- 5th Plague: Against Livestock (9:1-7)
- 6th Plague: Boils (9:8-12)
- 7th Plague: Hail (9:13-35)
- 8th Plague: Locusts (10:1-20)
- 9th Plague: Darkness (10:21-29)
- 10th Plague Announced: Death of the Firstborn (Exodus 11)
Deliverer’s Commission Renewed (6:28 – 7:7)
Presenting the Signs of Divine Authority (7:8-13)
- 1st Group: The emptiness and corruption of the world
- 2nd Group: That which characterizes the world but is not found among God’s People
- 3rd Group: Future judgments that will fall on the this World
- The Passover: a type of Christ
1st Plague: Water Turned to Blood (7:14-24)
Water turns into blood – death is at the source of this world’s life. The life stream of this world becomes death. All that the world turns to for pleasure and refreshment is under judgment. The 1st group of three plagues speaks of the emptiness and corruption of the world.
2nd Plague: Frogs (7:25 – 8:15)
Frogs come out of the water – uncleanness is all this world can produce. Evil spirits (Rev. 16:13) come out and manifest themselves with the religious aspects of the world.
3rd Plague: Lice (8:16-19)
Dust turned to lice – the curse has fallen on man. Lice pictures personal contamination that tortures. It is the finger of God. Imitators cannot create life out of death, only the Spirit of God can do that. The folly of Janes and Jambres is manifest. The world’s inability to sustain divine life is revealed. After the first three plagues: the river stinks, the land stinks, and the people stink. The source of the world’s life (the river), the physical world itself (the land), and the people in the world – all are corrupted by sin.
4th Plague: Flies (8:20-32)
Flies – the pollution of the world. Speaks of the pollution of the world in homes and families. The second group of three plagues speak of that which characterizes the world but is not found among God’s people. After the first three plagues, a distinction is made between Goshen, where Israel dwelt, and Egypt. “I will put a separation between my people and thy people” (v.22).
5th Plague: Against Livestock (9:1-7)
Murrain – that which supports man is plagued. Speaks of the curse of financial gain (a blessing to God’s people).
6th Plague: Boils (9:8-12)
Boils – internal evil that is manifested on the surface. Evil that comes up and out, springing up from the root of sin within.
7th Plague: Hail (9:13-35)
Hail – natural judgments. Perhaps representing the Beginning of Sorrows. The third group of plagues represent future judgments that will fall on the this world.
8th Plague: Locusts (10:1-20)
Locusts – military judgments. Perhaps representing the Great Tribulation, see Rev. 9:7.
9th Plague: Darkness (10:21-29)
Darkness – spiritual judgments. Perhaps beginning with judicial blindness in the tribulation, ending in the Lake of fire, the blackness of darkness forever.
10th Plague Announced: Death of the Firstborn (Exodus 11)
God’s people are spared from the hail, locusts, and darkness, etc. However, in the final plague the people are to be judged along with the world, except they find refuge behind the blood-stained door. “There is no difference, for all have sinned.”