Frogs in the King’s Bed

“The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out from among them.” Exodus 7:5 NRS

frogFrogs. Hundreds of them. They covered the two-lane road we were traveling on. Pop, pop . . . pop, pop, pop. “Dad, please stop!” I begged from the back seat, horrified at all the frogs our car was running over. “Honey, there’s nothing I can do about it,” my dad said. “They’re everywhere!” I overheard him telling my stepmother that he had “never seen anything like this before.”

Egypt suffered a similar, but far worse fate when Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites go. God caused a plague of frogs to cover the entire country. The frogs came out of the waters onto the land, on the people, in their ovens, and their kneading bowls. They were also in the king’s palace, bedchamber, and in his bed (Exodus 8:1-15).

This was the second of ten plagues God brought upon Egypt. He hardened Pharaoh’s heart after each plague so that after the tenth one Pharaoh would not only let God’s people go; he would drive them away (Ex 11:1). God did all this to keep His promise to His people, and to let the Egyptians know that He is the Lord.

PRAYER:  O wondrous God, you are the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Thank you for revealing yourself to your people over and over again from generation to generation. Amen.

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