In this essay, I will be talking about the plagues God sent against the Egyptian for the Hebrew to be release from their hands. There was not a struggle between God and the Egyptian power, but of God and the Egyptian Gods to show who the true God was. In Exodus 9:13-14, Yahweh told Moses to tell the Pharaoh of Egypt, “Yahweh, God of the Hebrews, says this: Let my people go and worship me. For this time, I am going to inflict all my plagues on you, on your officials and your subjects, so that you will know there is no one like me in the whole world. ‘The ten plagues made Yahweh evident among the Israelites and also to the stubborn Pharaoh and his Egyptian subjects. The plagues also demonstrated Yahweh powered and how much trouble he went through to free them.
The first plague turned the Nile into blood. Doing this all the fish died from the blood, and the river started to stink. The Egyptian would loathe drinking from the river. Every water source they had turned to blood, every stream, river, pond, pools of water, buckets of wood, and pitchers of stone. The Nile turned to blood was judgment against the Egyptian God, Apis, who was the gold of the Nile. The Egyptian magicians could also convert water to blood. His magicians could not reconvert the blood into water, and the Egyptian people had to dig for water for seven days.
The Second plague, bringing Frogs from the Nile, was a judgment against the Egyptian God Heket, which was the frog headed goddess of birth. To the Egyptians Frogs were to be sacred and to not to be killed. Yahweh had frogs invade every part of the homes of the Egyptians. When the frogs died, they would stink. The Egyptian magicians could also summon frogs, but they could not dismiss the frogs. At this point, Pharaoh begged Moses to ask God to get rid of the frogs, but when God let the frogs die, Pharaoh hardened his heart.
The third plague, Knats/Lice/Sand Fleas, was a judgment against Set, The god of the desert. The Egyptians magician could not copy this plague, and they said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.”(Exodus 8:19) The dust of the land rose up to be lice and it afflicted against the man and the beast of the land.
The fourth plague, Flies, was a judgment against Re, who was symbolize as flies. God only set the flies to the Egyptians, because there were no flies where the Israelites lived. Pharaoh said, “He would let the Israelites go for three days, if only all the flies would go away, but when God ended the plague, he hardened his heart again.
The fifth plague, the Death of Livestock, was a judgment against the Goddess Hathor and God Apis, who was both symbolize as cattle. Like the plague before, all of Egyptian cattle died, but the Israelite cattle did not. The lord was destroying the economy of the...