Sunday, December 9, 2012

Narration: Egypt against the Hebrews 6




Narration: The conflict in Egypt against the Hebrews 6


Series: My trips back


By Ruben Vernal

After a few days, the Lord said to Moses: Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, to show these my signs,
2 and that you may tell your children and your grandchildren the things I have done in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them, that ye may know that I am Jehovah.
3 And Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh, and said Lord God of the Hebrews, say:
'How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me. 4 And if thou refuse to let him go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into thy coast,
5 which cover the face of the earth, so are not visible from the earth, and she will eat what escaped, which I was the hail also eat every tree which will bear fruit in the field.
6 And fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians, which never saw your parents or your grandparents, since they were on earth today. And he turned and went out from Pharaoh. 7 And Pharaoh's servants said unto him, how long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God. Knowles thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?
8 And Moses and Aaron were brought again to Pharaoh, and he said, Go ye, serve the LORD your God. Who are they that shall go? 9 Moses said, we will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go, because it's our feast to the LORD.
10 And he said unto them! So be Jehovah with you How I will let go of you and your children?! See how evil is before your faces! 11 Not so: go now ye that are men, and serve the Lord, for this is what ye did desire. And they were driven out from Pharaoh. 12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, so that they come upon the land of Egypt, and eat all that the hail has left. 13 And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night, and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. 14 And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous as there was none before or after the will; 15 and covered the face of the whole country, the land was darkened; and eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left and there remained not any green thing in trees or in the herbs of the field, throughout the land of Egypt. 16 Then Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you. 17 But now I pray forgive my sin only this once, and in treat the LORD your God that take away from me this death only. 18 And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and prayed to the LORD.
19 And the Lord brought a very strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red Sea remained not one locust in all the land of Egypt.
20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the children of Israel.

At this point, the servants of Pharaoh are trying to impress him saying Egypt is destroyed. So he resorted to bargain again with Moses. But since it acceded to the demands of God, a mighty wind brought a plague of locusts upon the earth. The results are horrible to contemplate. What had been left after the hail vegetation is now devoured by locusts. The land is bare. It was great to see what was once a fertile land and abundant and no longer see the green from the plants (verse 15.) Again, Seth, Napier, Osiris and Isis are all challenged, so are Shu, god air, and wind god Amun. This terrible plague left the nation to the brink of starvation. In desperation, Pharaoh still confesses sin and ask forgiveness externally. But his contrition is short-lived. For now, Moses already accustomed enough to the Pharaoh's stubbornness not to be surprised again when Pharaoh changed his mind about releasing the Israelites. The question is to know how long will that continue to afflict the Egyptians.
Again the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, both which may be felt. 2 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven, and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.
23 They saw his neighbor, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
24 And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go, serve the Lord, only let your flocks and your herds, your little ones also go with you. 25 And Moses said, Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.
26 Our cattle also shall go with us, there will not be a hoof, for thereof must we take to serve the LORD our God, and we know not with what we must serve the LORD until we arrive there.
  
27 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let go. 28 And Pharaoh said unto him, Get thee from me, take heed to yourself that you cannot see my face, for in that day thou shalt see my face you shall die. 29 And Moses said, Thou hast well said, I shall not see your face.

Aaron and Moses were angry and disappointed, because although Ramses and the Egyptians had been severely beaten with nine terrible plagues practically were in the beginning. Worst of all, and it represented a major disappointment is that the Jews still remained in captivity. It was also noticeable pain both warriors by the lack of respect to the great God of Israel, which if represented for them a serious lack.
Both the sun, when it came to the land of Egypt, as Pharaoh, "the son of the sun", went into eclipse that fateful day. For three days there was darkness so thick, whose oppression was felt that people could not see each other, or leaves. But the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
This plague lasted three days. People could not leave their homes due to the impact of this event. Only darkness comparable to that experienced in a closet with all the cracks around the door covers. This was a direct attack on the credibility of the Egyptian sun god, known by various names: Re, Ra, Atum, Aten and, sometimes, Horus. Indeed, while the Egyptians worshiped many gods, none was so worshiped as the sun. Keep in mind that in ancient times they were very afraid to eclipses, therefore, this three-day total darkness had completely terrified if any. Again, the Israelites lived in Goshen, were not affected. The king tried to make a deal and keep the animals of the Israelites who had not been affected by the plagues of Egypt. It was clear that the food supply of the Egyptians at this time were at a critical level, so for him their demands were justified. But before God, Pharaoh was in no position to demand anything. Then he was enraged to the point of threatening them with death if Moses was not lost from sight.
As Moses and Aaron waiting, the Lord is also angry with Ramses, so they knew with certainty that God would act with extreme harshness to the Hebrew people out of Egypt.
But they never imagined that the Jews, who had been marginalized and in Gosen, now if they had to obey the instructions through Moses receive.
Finally the Lord said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt, after which he will let you go from here, and surely thrust you out hence altogether.
2 Speak now to the people, and that each borrow of his neighbor, and every woman of her neighbor, jewels of silver and gold.
3 And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. And Moses was very great man in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the eyes of the people.
4 Said So Moses: Thus says the Lord: About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt
5 and die all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill, and all the firstborn of beasts.
6 And there will be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was, and never will.
7 But against all the children of Israel, both man and beast, not dogs move his tongue that ye may know that the LORD makes a distinction between the Egyptians and Israel.
8 And down to me all these servants, and inclined unto me, saying: Go, you and all the people that are under you, and after that I will go. And in hot anger came from Pharaoh. And the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt. 10 And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: for the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and did not send the sons of Israel abroad.
Within days the LORD spoke unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying:
2 This month shall be your beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take every man a lamb according to their fathers, a lamb for an house.
4 And if the household be too little not enough for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next unto his house take it according to the number of people, according to every man's eating shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year, taking it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 And ye shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, and kill it all the congregation of the people of Israel at twilight. 7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.
8 And they shall eat the flesh that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Eat not of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its entrails. 10 You shall let none of it remain until the morning: and what they leave it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. 11 And thus shall ye eat it: your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand, and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord's Passover.
12 For I will pass that night through the land of Egypt, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. 13 And the blood shall be for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will touch you when I strike plague of Egypt. 14 And this day will be a memorial, and a feast to the LORD throughout your generations, as a perpetual celebrates it.
The death of the firstborn:

29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle.
30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no house where there was not one dead.
31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Come out from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel, and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said.
32 Take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone, and bless me also.
33 And the Egyptians urged the people to haste out of the land, for they said, We are all dead.
34 And the people took their dough before it was loudest, their bodies wrapped in their clothes upon their shoulders.
35 And the children of Israel according to the commandment of Moses, asked from the Egyptians jewels of silver, and gold, and clothing.
36 And the LORD gave the people ahead of the Egyptians, and gave them what they asked, so they plundered the Egyptians.
The Israelites out of Egypt:
37 and the children of Israel from Ramses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children.
38 also went up with them a multitude of all kinds of people, and the sheep, and very much cattle.
39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought out of Egypt, for it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt, and had not had time to prepare food.
40 The time that the children of Israel dwelt in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years.
41 And after four hundred and thirty years, on the same day all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.
I stood contemplating such mobilization absorbed so many people, animals and personal belongings as good order and discipline, which seemed like an army going to confront a war. Gone was a city devastated by the migration of so many people that I think caused the beginning of the decline of this great city called Pi Ramses.
After several days the Jews moved away from the city that originally gladly received them with open arms, and then make life very miserable and unfair to subject them to slavery.
Nothing kept me in this city, because my goal had been met to witness one of the staff greatest episodes in the history of mankind.
When you return to see the city, I was sorry to see in the situation which had fallen. You could still see the ravages of the ten plagues that was ravaged by the intransigence of one man of such arrogance and pride that was considered more than a ruling pharaoh. According to the time also demanded worship as equal as or more than several of their gods. Pay the boldness and daring expensive to deal with his half brother, because Moses acted as their god with his brother as a prophet by the express command of God of the scriptures. The price you pay at hauteur his own son, who, being also affected firstborn died in the death of all the firstborn corresponding to the tenth and final plague ordained by Jehovah. I could only say goodbye to Aaron who thanked him for allowing me to ex pectar so great confrontation. Moses saw him away when he came on as leader of this great people. Back in my studio, check some of the old age of Ramses: The last years of his reign saw peace interrupted when they began to pressure from European peoples. Furthermore, would the flight of the Jewish people led by Moses and Aaron.

He died at age 90, in 1213 BC. According to some studies, it is believed that he died of a tooth decay that caused a blood infection. Because of their long life and who had died several of his children, including his favorite, Khaem-Uaset, his son became king Merneptah. After his death began the decline of the power of Egypt.
To finish my story to clarify that I find personally respect what the Bible says, because what she says is true and no one so far can disprove their claims. And another thing is that you believe what she says.
I've used in this story because it is a historical source eloquent, succinct and clear of the events during the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.
Now, I as the author of this narrative I have the freedom to write what I consider a true story. But you as a reader are not obliged to believe it as if it were true, but I point out that the sources are.
The issue is when someone tells you something that has to do with God.
Immediately comes the dilemma of whether to accept what is said on the basis of personal belief that is our personal opinion on that particular subject.
And this is normal for most people that are always going on with the personal opinion but not always correct.
It seemed just like finishing this story, offer what has been written about explanation of the scientific evidence of the ten plagues of Egypt, which obviously do not agree, but I offer you for the sake of intelligent behavior.
And you are free to accept this "scientific explanation" or enjoy and learn something about my story.
Scientific evidence of the Biblical ten plagues:
The ten plagues described in the Old Testament God sent to the Egyptians, from the Pharaoh to let the Hebrews can be much more than a terrible biblical history. A group of researchers has found scientific evidence of the series of calamities that began with the bloodstained Nile, which was followed catastrophe hordes of frogs, mosquitoes and locusts, pestilence, disease and hail of fire, among other terrible evils. Rather than attributing them to a vengeful God, the scientists believe these disasters could be the result of a chain of natural phenomena triggered by changes in the weather and even by a volcanic eruption. Have gathered evidence to most pests.

Most archaeologists believe that the plagues struck the ancient city of Pi-Rameses  on the Nile Delta, the capital of Egypt during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II (1279 BC-1213 BC). The city was abandoned about 3,000 years ago and scientists believe that pests may be the explanation. Climatologists studying that time have discovered a dramatic change in the climate of the area towards the end of the reign of Ramses II. After analyzing the Egyptian caves stalagmites have been able to reconstruct a record of weather patterns using traces of radioactive elements in the rock. In this way, they know that the reign of Pharaoh coincided with a climate "hot and humid, very favorable, but only lasted a few decades explains Augusto Magini, paleo climatologist at the University Heidelberg. Then the weather changed, and started a dry period began pests.


First Plague: Water turns to blood
According to scientists; the biblical punishment chain began as follows: The rising temperatures dried the Nile, turning the river into a slow course of muddy water. These conditions were perfect for the arrival of the first plague: the water turned to blood. Obviously, it is not blood, but al reddish appearance of water caused by toxic algae freshwater. The Oscillatory rubescens, known as Burgundy Blood algae, has a length of at least 3,000 years and is causing the same effect today. When he dies, dye the water red.

Second, third and fourth plagues: frogs, mosquitoes and insects
The invasion of algae opened the door to the arrival of the second, third and fourth plague. Hordes of frogs, mosquitoes and other insects capable of harming people and livestock. Possibly, the arrival of the toxic algae forced the frogs to leave the water where they lived. When dying amphibians, mosquitoes, flies and other insects were free of one of their predators, and multiplied uncontrollably.

Fifth and sixth plagues, pestilence, incurable sores and rashes
The multiplication of the insects in turn caused the fifth and sixth plagues, the Bible describes as pestilence, epidemic diseases that wiped out the cattle, ulcers and rashes and incurable diseases which seriously affected the population and that could be transmitted by mosquitoes as the malaria.

Seventh Plague: Hail of Fire and Ice
To make matters worse, another natural disaster more than 400 miles away could be the origin of the seventh, eighth and ninth plague, bringing fiery hail, locusts and darkness to Egypt. One of the largest volcanic eruptions in history occurred when Thera, a volcano that was part of the Mediterranean island of Santorini exploded about 3,500 years ago, releasing billions of tons of volcanic ash in the atmosphere. Experts from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Germany believe that the volcanic ash could have clashed with thunderstorms above Egypt to produce a spectacular hail.

Eighth, ninth and tenth plagues: locusts, darkness and death of the firstborn
 
As explained by the Canadian biologist Siro Trevisanato, author of a book on pests, falling ash could cause weather anomalies, which translates into higher rainfall and increased humidity, conditions for locusts. Similarly, the ash could also have blocked sunlight (the plague of darkness). The final plague, the harshest punishment is the death of the firstborn of Egypt, of which the first child of each couple died without remedy. The cause might be a fungus that poisoned the grain supplies. As the first son had privileges, perhaps ate first becoming the first victims.

Narration: Egypt against the Hebrews 5




Narration: The conflict in Egypt against the Hebrews 5


Series: My trips back

 

By Ruben Vernal
The three returned to the house where they were staying with his brother Moses and I cooked for them, to which Aaron was grateful for my prompt attention to their needs always behaving with caution and respect for both. Moses entered a room used for meditation and prayer, and closed the door to prevent any external interference. Aaron whispered that he was waiting for God's direction for the next day  of confrontation:  And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh's heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning, behold, he comes to the river, and you get to the bank before him, and take in your hand the rod which was turned to a serpent, 16 and say to the LORD God of the Hebrews me sent unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear. 17 Thus saith the LORD, In this you shall know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that I have in my hand the water that is in the river, and will become blood. 18 And the fish in the river shall die, and the river shall stink, and the Egyptians shall loathe to drink water from the river. 19 And the Lord said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, over their streams, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, to become blood, and there is blood all over the region of Egypt, both in vessels of wood and in stone. 20 And Moses and Aaron did as the Lord commanded and he lifted up the rod and struck the waters that were in the river, in the presence of Pharaoh and his servants, and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. 21 And the fish that was in the river died, and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink it. And there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. 22 And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not, as the LORD had said.
 3 And Pharaoh turned and went home, and did not care for it either. 24 And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for drinking, they could not drink of the waters of the river.
25 And seven days were fulfilled after that Jehovah had smitten the river.
During those days of waiting that God had commanded Moses decided to go see what was happening in the city as a result of this plague. But the night before we were to visit the city, after dinner I ask this question to Aaron:  Now, this pests Elohim (God's name more familiar to him) brought to Egypt is a battle of God against idolatry Egyptian?
 Yes it is so, replied. It is a battle against the belief in gods, for God meant to remove the superstition of hearts sunk in idolatry aberration. But in fact there is  not a war against the gods, for they only exist in fantasy and desire of their worshipers. In other words, pests can also be considered as a struggle against the erroneous beliefs of the followers of the Egyptian deities, though in reality there is no such battle against the gods because they do not exist.

Another purpose is to eradicate pagan beliefs of the Jewish people's minds or Gentile. If for this reason God has to destroy public and some outright false Egyptian deity, that is what is to be done. .
For example to convert the river-god Nile in a bloody mess, or to make a plea deified the firstborn of hardship and despair, it is putting things in place: the river is a stream, the firstborn are people.

Actually each plague that God has ordered several purposes, the most prominent is to break the stubborn and rebellious spirit of Pharaoh and his followers. If  will be more pest attack, every new plague, a new paradigm will Pharaonic fall hegemony.
This process would be allowing the release of the Israelites from slavery ominous, both physical and spiritual. When we went to walk around the city of Pi Ramses, as Moses and Aaron were always ahead I was always behind them at a distance as I was both servant leaders.
Everything was wrong, since the appearance of the red Nile across town made him look so bad that people would rather stay home, so practically the city entered a general inactivity. What happened was that the confrontation between Moses and Ramses created great excitement in the town.
This expectation had two competing interests, and that the Hebrews craved his freedom, while the Egyptians wanted to retain them to continue working for them.
But both groups at least for now equally concerned them the consequences of pests.
I return home alone because Moses and Aaron held a series of meetings with Jewish leaders in the city. And when past the seven days of this plague: 8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go to Pharaoh and say to him, Thus says the Lord: Let my people go, that they may serve me. 2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold I will punish all thy borders with frogs. 3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into your house, in the room where you sleep, and upon thy bed, and into the houses of your servants, on your people, into your ovens and your kneading bowls. 4 And the frogs shall come upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.
5 And the Lord said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, streams and ponds, to do up frogs upon 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 And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt. 8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Entreat the Lord to take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.
9 And Moses said unto Pharaoh Deign tell me when I pray for you, for your servants and your people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, and remain in the river only.
10 And he said, Tomorrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word, that you may know that there is like the Lord our God. 11 And the frogs shall depart from you, and your houses and your servants and your people, and remain in the river only. 12 Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh. And Moses cried unto the LORD concerning the frogs which Pharaoh had commanded.
13 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses, and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages and fields. 14 And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank. 15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen, as the Lord had said.
Moses and Aaron left the palace very upset by the arrogance and mockery of Ramses, but they were determined to continue the fight, they knew that his heart was hardened by God. When we got home I turned to ask Aaron to please explain to me this incredible event that my eyes had seen. The dear friend told me, what is happening now is not complex. What happens is that one of the gods worshiped by the Egyptians is Heket whose image is a frog or a woman with the head of a frog. Heket is the goddess of childbirth, midwives and birth insurance (frogs, in moderate numbers, are seen as signs of life, renewal and happiness). After the glut of them, after the stench of the large piles of dead frogs, it seems that the goddess Heket would have lost all credibility. Furthermore, Hapy, including crocodiles gods and goddesses of the frogs. And the primordial gods, Kek and Heh are each represented as a man with the head of a frog. This pest, although imitated by the magicians, caused Pharaoh to surrender. But his stubbornness prevail then changed his mind.
Today if one of the gods worshiped by the Egyptians is Heket whose image was a frog or a woman with the head of a frog. Heket was the goddess of childbirth, midwives and birth insurance (frogs, in moderate numbers, were seen as signs of life, renewal and happiness). After the glut of them, after the stench of the large piles of dead frogs, it seems that the goddess Heket would have lost all credibility. Moreover, the court of Hapy, including crocodile gods and goddesses of the frogs. And the primordial gods, and Heh Kek were each represented as a man with the head of a frog. This pest, although imitated by the magicians, caused Pharaoh to surrender. But his stubbornness prevails then changed his mind.
The next day, again Moses received instructions from God: the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt. 17 And they did so, and Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice on man and beast, all the dust of the land became lice throughout the land of Egypt.
18 And the magicians did so to bring forth lice with their enchantments but could not. And there were lice in both men and beasts. 19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he hearkened not, as the LORD had said. I looked at Aaron, and without asking anything I said even the Egyptians considered sacred dust of the land, and see it become lice should be a tremendous blow to their idolatry. Besides, no one can approach the altars Egyptians if they have lice. Priests wear linen garments and shaved his head and plucked her body every day to avoid insects. So as long as this plague anyone can worship their idols. The silver lining of this new failure is that sorcerers are already showing their weaknesses and recognize that behind these wonders, is the God of Israel. The downside is that Ramses is very stubborn, so you have to keep attacking
Then spent several days in the whole city was crowded with lice attacking people, until again 20 Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh, he comes out to the river, and say the Lord has says: 'Let my people go, that they may serve me. 21 For if you keep my people go, behold, I will send on you and on your servants and on your people and into your houses all sorts of flies, and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are. 22 And that day I will take away the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there, to know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth. 23 And I will put a division between my people and yours. Morrow shall this sign.
24 And the LORD did so, and came grievous swarms of flies upon the house of Pharaoh, on his servants' houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted because of them. 25 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your Lord on earth. 26 And Moses said, it is not that we do so because we would offer to the Lord our God, the abomination of the Egyptians. Behold, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before them, not stone us?
27 will go three days' journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us. 28 Pharaoh said, I will let you go to sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness, provided they do not go far, pray for me. 29 And Moses said, Behold, to me out of your presence, pray to the Lord that the various kinds of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and his people tomorrow, so let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more, leaving go to town to make a sacrifice to Jehovah. 30 And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and prayed to the LORD. 31 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses, and he removed the flies from Pharaoh, from his servants and from his people, there remained not one. 32 More Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also; neither would he let the people go. Again we disappointed pharaoh behavior which knew what it was. The dinner was very appropriate for me because Aaron was kind enough to tell me about what happened with this pest: These flies "are not 'fly' as we are used to or maybe not only flies such as Egypt do but different kinds of flies. flying insects eg buzzers (as confirmed by reading (Psalm 78:45) the gadfly, the cockroach, the Egyptian scarab, The Adoration of the flies, particularly beetle [in the form of beetle Kheper god, was a prominent part of the religion of the ancient Egyptians and additionally, as flies crawled over them advancing, flew into his eyes, covered their food and buzzed incessantly around them, adding more pain to their misery.
 And I say: Where was the supreme Amun helper of the pious and god of the winds, to blow away the plague? Where was the guardian goddess and protector god Mafdet Be?
Finally the "divine" Pharaoh and began to haggle, allowing the Israelites to sacrifice to God in Goshen. But Moses said this would be an abomination to the Egyptians because they consider something detestable sacrifice sheep (vi Genesis 43:32, 46:34) and also now to increase their hatred of Israel, they would be stoned.
And so, still flies buzzing around them, Pharaoh let us agree that we travel a short way in the desert for our sacrifices. But again, this ruling does not change our way of thinking. Flies were held in reverence in Egypt, but were his torture. Only God could bring such a cloak of flies that covered the whole earth, and make some houses and places were delivered from them. This has brought some relief to our people who do not love this plague, and some hope of release
And the Lord said unto Moses, Go to Pharaoh, and say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, that they may serve me. 2 For if thou refuse to let go, and stop still, 3 Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, horses, donkeys, camels, cattle and sheep, with the greatest curses. 4 And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the Egyptians, so that nothing die of all that is the children of Israel.
5 And the LORD set time, saying, Tomorrow the LORD will do this thing in the land. 6 The next day the LORD did that and killed all the cattle of Egypt but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. 7 And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened; neither would he let the people go.
Wine Aaron's explanation of what was happening, and he said Abdon, now the Lord has changed its strategy regarding the effect of pests, so the first three plagues have been experienced by everyone, including the Israelites. But what will come later depend on Ramses. Now God only affect the Egyptians to show their power.
Aaron added saying: As in most pagan societies, the horse had a strong relationship with the deities in Egypt. Apis, the bull god, is the living embodiment of the creator god Ptah. The creator gods Atum and Re, united in a single deity, are represented by the black bull of Heliopolis Mnevis. Nut and Neith are represented as the great celestial cow that gave birth to the cosmos and other deities. Mehet-Weret, another goddess associated with the creation, is represented as a cow. Mother goddesses Hathor and Nekbet are also represented in the shape of a cow, Hesat, the goddess of childbirth, is represented as a cow. And the adoptive mother of Horus, the cow goddess Seketh-Hor, is still invoked as a protector of cattle - a prayer now worthless in the face of the true power of God. You should also note that the Egyptians had some sheep, but apparently not for food or sacrifice rams And the gods figure prominently in the Egyptian pantheon - Ba, Banebdejedet, Heryshaf primitive, and the Nile god Khnum. Even the supreme god Amun is symbolized by a ram with horns so that the death of livestock including horses is a severe blow to the economy and military strength of Egypt. Again, God protected the Israelites, as Pharaoh discovers. But still refuses to let God's people go.
After a short time only days on which all damage found Ramses, Moses consulted God again: 8 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight Pharaoh; 9 and will become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and rash with sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt.
10 And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh, and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; were rash and ulcers occurred in both men and beasts. 11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for boil was upon the magicians and upon all the Egyptians. 12 But the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not, as the LORD had said to Moses.
When we returned home after they met on the orders of Lord Aaron told me the following: There are several altars in Egypt where he occasionally offered human sacrifices to appease what they called the evil principle. After victims are slaughtered alive, his ashes were thrown into the air by the officiating priest to be removed from the ocean where they fell. God commanded Moses and Aaron to take handfuls of ashes,
  to scatter to the air, and instead of coming blessing, as the idolatrous people expected, came a great curse. Rashes and tumors sprouted body of people and animals. Again, the false gods of Egypt were not helpful, including Sakhmet, a goddess guardian against disease (in addition to its role as goddess of war), Imhotep, the god of medicine, and Isis, the goddess of life and health. Pharaoh's magicians are now too distressed to be present.
The Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, that they may serve me.
14 For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. 15 For now I will stretch out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you will be taken from the earth. 16 And the truth I have made to show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.
17  As yet exactest  thou thtself against my people, not let them go?
18 Behold, tomorrow about this time I will send rain a very grievous hail, such as there was in Egypt since the day it was founded until now. 19 Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all you have in the field, for every man and beast that is in the field, and not be brought home, the hail will fall on him, and die. 20 And the servants of Pharaoh who feared the word of the Lord drove away his servants and his cattle home, 21 more that did not put in his heart the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field.
22 And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field in the land of Egypt.
23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the earth: and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, so great has not been in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the country. 26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.
27 Then Pharaoh sent and called for Moses and Aaron, and said, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. 28 Pray to the Lord to stop God's thunder and hail, and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer. 29 And Moses said unto him sooner I get out of the city, spread abroad my hands unto the LORD, and the thunder shall cease, and there will be no more hail, so you know that the earth is the Lord's. 30 But I know that neither you nor your servants yet fear the LORD God. 31 And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was in bud. 32 But the wheat and the spelled were not ruined, for they ripen late.
33 And Moses went out from Pharaoh, out of town, stretched out his hands to the Lord, and the thunderings and hail, and the rain was not poured upon the earth.
34 And when Pharaoh saw that the rain had stopped, and hail and thunder, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants.
35 And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened; neither would he let the children of Israel, as the Lord had said through Moses. Aaron telling me wide the picture:
As time Lightning and thunder have been more terrible in Egypt than anywhere else, because the rains were almost unknown; storms were rare, and even more so was the hail. The Egyptians worshiped fire and water than all the other elements. These alleged deities came upon Egypt with great terror and destructive power. Isis and Osiris, the god of water and fire, were powerless to protect Egypt and hail fire of God.
This plague is killing servants, animals and livestock if it were indoors. Plants and trees are also destroyed, including field crops. This is an extremely severe thunderstorm with hail and cold that the "fire" was released to ground lightning, (like I read in Psalm 78) "destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with stone, and their beasts, And their cattle fiery lightning "(verses 47-48.) These destructive elements, of course, have a devastating impact on the food supply of the nation. Even the gods of Egypt were powerless, the goddesses of the sky, Nut and Hathor, the sky god, Horus, Shu, the air god and giver of heaven, Seth, the god of storms and protector of crops; Napier, the god of grain crops; Osiris, the ruler of life, and all deities shaped cow and sheep above, were powerless against the true God. Pharaoh, now softened by the time he was. Of course, once the pest lessened, again changed his mind.
Again as we were in the beginning, and I know where all this would lead to, but I cannot say with Moses and Aaron who were concentrated in obeying God step by step just knowing they were useful tools.
Continue with the development of the other two plagues that afflicted the Egyptians.