Advent: December 10: God to the Rescue

Exodus 3-13

God’s creatures He created truly are amazing, especially when we can look past their creepy, slimy skin and see their unique features. In Exodus, God used His creation to punish the Egyptians and to save His people from ruin through ten plagues. The 2nd plague that God sent to the Egyptians was the frog plague.

Ex. 7:25–8:11/15

If you refuse to let them go, I will plague your whole country with frogs. The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs.

There are over 5,000 species of frogs in the world. Some frogs are cute, some frogs are ugly. Some frogs are colorful, some frogs are camouflage. Although we cannot fully identify the truly species of frogs in Exodus, we know they came onto the dry land from the Nile. And, although this seems just like a mere inconvenience to have frogs everywhere, they more than likely could not eat or sleep without slimy frogs, nor could they probably stand the incessant croaking. Also, frogs often carry Salmonella, which is a bacteria that can spread by direct or indirect contact with the frogs or their droppings (a.k.a. poop). A lot of frogs equals a lot of frog poop. Depending on the type of frog that was present, some frogs in that region could have even secreted toxins from their skin. Therefore, this was harmful to both humans and the livestock (food) for the Egyptian people. The Bible states that the Pharaoh was “scared,” which indicates it was more than a minor inconvenience.

While frogs may not always pose as a threat in small quantities, God took something weak, small, and yucky, and used it to dismantle the powerful of the world in a surprising way.

SEE GOD AROUND YOU

Go outside and see if you can spot any frogs or toads. It may be harder than you think. In the winter, frogs will burrow deep down into the ground and hibernate to avoid the winter weather. Some frogs will even freeze up to 70% of the water in their bodies, but they won’t die. If you can’t find any now, wait for warmer spring weather to come and see if you see any frogs come out of their hibernation spots.

APPLICATION

Think about God’s sovereignty. He can do all things, and no plan of His will be thwarted. He rules over all, even the activities of the frogs, to bring about His ultimate plan and purpose. In the case of Exodus, He had planned to save His chosen people, the Israelites, so that He could fulfill His promise that the Messiah would come from Abraham’s family. Knowing God’s plan is good and He rules over all, how does that make you feel? Are you at peace knowing that God will ultimately reign over all the bad in this world?  

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