How to Become a Frog
Exodus chapter 8
The last weekend each August, in Evansville, Indiana our city is covered by the Frogs as we call them. They are green, red, yellow, black and every other color imaginable! They all are slick, shiny and fast with four legs - or shiny wheels I should say. They are commonly called the Frog Follies. They are fixed up old cars that are beautiful and their owners have given them hundreds of hours of time and lots of dollars to make them truly trophy cars. For two days they fill up our hotel parking lots and restaurants. It is reported they bring more than three million dollars to our city for their brief visit. They are welcome guests to our area and a blessing as they can be seen everywhere during their brief visit.
The frogs in Exodus chapter eight were not a blessing. They were blight to the Egyptian people. God smote Egypt with lice, flies, locusts and frogs. The message was: "Let my people go."
The frogs were everywhere. Throughout the kitchen, the living room, the dining room, the bathroom, the bedroom. They filled up the streets, the rooftops and made life miserable for the Egyptians.
Eventually they cried out to Moses and Aaron to stop the plague of frogs. Pharaoh's heart seemed to be softened. All the frogs died according to the Bible and there were so many that as they swept and shoveled they amounted to piles of dead frogs that created quite a stink.
After this Pharaoh's heart hardened and he would not let the Hebrew people go.
This became standard for Pharaoh. Every plague would torture the people and the Egyptians and Pharaoh would cry out for mercy. God would give the mercy and then Pharaoh would harden his heart again.
The story of the Passover tells about the blow that momentarily broke Pharaoh's heart. As the death angel passed through the city his oldest son and many oldest sons died that evening. The Hebrews were spared as they had applied the blood of the lamb to the doorposts ...
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