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The God of Israel Is the Greatest
Moses was a great prophet, called by God with a very important job to do. As an instrument in the Lord's hand, he performed many signs, or "wonders," attempting to convince the Pharaoh to allow the Israelites freedom from their bondage of slavery to the Egyptians. These "wonders" are more commonly referred to as "plagues" sent from the God of Israel as proof that the "one true God" was far greater than all of the multiple Gods of the Egyptians.
These Egyptian plagues were harsh and varied to correspond to the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses prevelant during Moses's time in Egypt.
The number ten is a significant number in biblical numerology. It represents a fullness of quantity. Ten Egyptian Plagues Means Completely Plagued.
Just as the "Ten Commandments" become symbolic of the fullness of the moral law of God, the ten ancient plagues of Egypt represent the fullness of God's expression of justice and judgments, upon those who refuse to repent.
Ten times God, through Moses, allows Pharaoh to change his mind, repent, and turn to the one true God, each time increasing the severity of the consequence of the plagues suffered for disobedience to His request. Ten times Pharaoh, because of pride, refuses to be taught by the Lord, and receives "judgments" through the plagues, pronounced upon his head from Moses, the deliverer.
The Ten Egyptian Plagues testify of Jesus Christ and His power to save.
Moses and Aaron are sent as messengers of the Lord, to Pharaoh, to instruct him to let the children of Israel go "so that they may serve the Lord." It is further stipulated that they must be allowed to travel a three days journey so that they may offer their sacrifices as a means of worship.
Pharaoh responds simply, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go." Soon however, Pharaoh will find out who this God is, and why he should obey His voice. He will understand His power over all the other Egyptian gods and goddesses.
These ten Egyptian plagues not only demonstrated the power of God to Moses, the children of Israel, the Egyptians, and Pharaoh, but they were of such magnitude that they would be remembered for all generations, throughout the entire world. They again testify, as does both the Old and New Testament alike that salvation, from beginning to end, is only accomplished through Jesus Christ, "the author and finisher of our faith." (Heb 12:2)
Corresponding Egyptian God and Goddess to the type of plague:
Type of plague that God pronounced upon Egypt:
Hapi- Egyptian God of the Nile
Egyptian Plague- Water Turned to Blood
The first plague that was given to the Egyptians from God was that of turning the water to blood. As Aaron, the spokesman for Moses, touched the "rod" of the Lord to the Nile River it immediately turned to blood, all the fish died, and the river stank. Partially able to duplicate this miracle, the magicians of Pharaoh also turn water into blood, leaving Pharaoh unimpressed with this great wonder from God.
Seven days the water throughout all the land of Egypt remained in this state, unsuitable for drinking, the perfect length of time to demonstrate that the Lord was superior to all the other Gods of Egypt.
Heket- Egyptian Goddess of Fertility, Water, Renewal
Egyptian Plague- Frogs coming from the Nile River
Still, Pharaoh refused to let the children of Israel go from the presence of Egypt.
The second plague that was extended upon Egypt, from the "rod" by Aaron, was that of frogs. The frogs came up from the river and were in their houses, in their food, in their clothing, in every place possible. From the greatest to the least, no one in Egypt escaped the plague of frogs. Pharaoh's magicians were able to bring more frogs in their attempt to imitate the power of God, but only Moses was able to make the frogs go away. This was another attack on a famous Egyptian Goddess, Heket.
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Geb- Egyptian God of the Earth
Egyptian Plague- Lice from the dust of the earth
Still Pharaoh would not concede, even after this display of power from the Lord, or magnificent plague, he would not let them go.
At the command of the Lord to Moses, Aaron was told to stretch forth his rod and smite the dust of the earth. When he did the dust became lice throughout all the land, on both people and beasts. The very dust that was referred to in the creation process of man is now used to plague men, as a reminder of his mortality and sin which both lead to death.
Finally, the magicians of Pharaoh are humiliated, being unable to compete with this power that was so much greater than themselves and the powers that they had from their Egyptian gods and goddesses, and they profess, "this is the finger of God." This was the last plague that required Aaron's involvement, as the next set of three plagues are issued by the word of Moses himself.
Khepri- Egyptian God of creation, movement of the Sun, rebirth
Egyptian Plague- Swarms of Flies
With the fourth Egyptian plague, which consisted of flies, begins the great miracle ot separation or differentiation. Moses met Pharaoh at the Nile River in the morning and made the demand, speaking on behalf of the Lord, "Let My peole go, that they may serve Me." Again, Pharaoh hardened his heart and disregarded the request, resulting in a pronouncement of swarms of flies.
This time, however, only the Egyptians are affected by the judgement, or plague, and the children of Israel remain unscathed. This wonder also moves the Egyptian plagues to a different level, adding destruction as well as discomfort to the consequence of their decisions.
Plagued by flies, Pharaoh tried a new tactic and begins bargaining with the Lord, showing his desire to maintain power and authority over God. He tries to dictate the terms and conditions of the offer, telling them they may sacrifice but only "in the land" clearly not complying with the requested "three days journey" that the Lord required. Moses wouldn't budge, and Pharaoh relented allowing them to leave, but telling them not to "go very far."
This temporary allowance is made solely to have Moses "intreat the Lord that the swarms of flies may depart", at this point Pharaoh has learned in part who the Lord is and asks for His assistance over the Egyptian gods and goddesses. As soon as the request is granted by the Lord, Pharaoh reneges on his promise and will not let them go, and continues to worship his Egyptian Gods.
Hathor-Egyptian Goddess of Love and Protection
Egyptian Plague- Death of Cattle and Livestock
Moses once again demanded of Pharaoh, "Let my people go, that they may serve me", revealing also the next Egytian plague to occur on the condition of continued disobedience to the request. This plague was given with an advanced warning, allowing a period of repentance to occur, which goes unheeded.
"Tomorrow" the hand of the Lord would be felt upon all the cattle and livestock, of only the Egyptians, as"grievous murrain." This means that disease and pestilence would fall upon their livestock with so severe a consequence as to cause them to die. This plague affected the Egyptian by creating a huge economic disaster, in areas of food, transportation, military supplies, farming, and economic goods that were produced by these livestock. Still Pharaohs heart remained hard and he would not listen to the Lord but remained faith to the Egytian gods and goddesses.
Isis- Egyptian Goddess of Medicine and Peace
Egyptian Plague- Ashes turned to Boils and Sores
Unannounced the sixth Egyptian plague is given, for the first time, directly attacking the Egyptian people themselves. Being instructed by the Lord, Moses took ashes from the furnace of affliction, and threw them into the air. As the dust from the ashes blew all over Egypt, it settled on man and beast alike in the form of boils and sores.
As with the previous two, throughout the remaining Egyptian plagues the division is drawn between the Egyptians and the children of Israel, as God gives protection to his covenant people. The severity of the judgment of God has now become personal, as it is actually felt by the people themselves.
Cleanliness being paramount in the Egyptian society, this plague pronounces the people "unclean." The magicians who have been seen throughout the previous plagues are unable to perform ceremonially rituals to their Egyptian Gods and Goddesses in this unclean state, not allowing them to even stand before Pharaoh; they are seen in the scriptural account no more. It is great to notice the contrast shown as Moses and Aaron are the only ones left standing in front of Pharaoh, with the "One True God" as their support.
Nut- Egyptian Goddess of the Sky
Egyptian Plague- Hail rained down in the form of fire
Again warning is given before the enactment of the plague takes place. Pharaoh is warned of the impending doom that will be faced if he does not listen to the Lord, and forget his own Egyptian gods and goddesses.
Hail of unspeakable size and ability to destroy, would rain down from the sky and turn to fire as it hit the ground. The Lord, in showing Pharaoh that "there is none like Him in the Earth", allows those who are willing to hear His word, and do as He commands, to be saved.
A division is now felt between the Egyptians in the form of those "converted" to the Lord, as shown by their obedience and willingness to escape to the protection of their "houses." Similarly we are warned to make our houses a place of refuge from the world today, we have been warned.
Interestingly enough, the crops that were destroyed by the hail consisted of flax and barley, which were ripening in the fields. These two particular crops were not the mainstay of their diet, but were used more specifically for their clothing and libations. This destruction would make their life uncomfortable, but as far as effecting their food supply , the wheat still survived. This gave the Egyptians still another chance to turn to "the One True God", and forsake their own Egyptian gods and goddesses, thus showing His mercy and grace even yet.
Seth- Egyptian God of Storms and Disorder
Egyptian Plague- Locusts sent from the sky
Still Pharaoh would not listen to the message of the Lord, still he relys on his own Egyptian gods and goddesses.
The eighth plague issued by the Lord had an even greater purpose than all the others, it was to be felt so that Pharaoh would tell even "his sons and son's sons" the mighty things of the Lord, thus teaching even future generations of the power of the "strong hand of God" over all the other Egyptian gods and goddesses.
Moses and Aaron approached Pharaoh with the same request, "Let my people go so that they may serve me", and pronounced the judgment of locusts if not heeded. This is the second wave of destruction to follow the hail, and whatever crops were left in tact after that display, were now completely consumed by the swarms of locusts that were unleashed from the sky. This wonder definitely affected their life source. By hitting them in their food supply, the Lord displayed the possibility of eminent death if a change of heart did not occur. Yet still, Pharaoh would not listen.
Ra- The Sun God
Egyptian Plague- Three Days of Complete Darkness
Darkness now fell upon Egypt, unannounced, as a prelude to the future fate to be felt by the Egyptian empire when the message of the Lord was not heeded, and they still turned to their own Egyptian gods and goddesses. Three days of palpable darkness, that was so immense it could be physically felt, covered the land of Egypt.
The sun, the most worshipped God in Egypt other than Pharaoh himself, gave no light. The Lord showed that he had control over the sun as a witness that the God of Israel had ultimate power over life and death. The psychological and religious impact would have had a profound influence on the Egyptians at this point. Darkness was a representation of death, judgment and hopelessness. Darkness was a complete absence of light.
Pharaoh- The Ultimate Power of Egypt
Egyptian Plague- Death of the Firstborn
Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, was worshipped by the Egyptians because he was considered to be the greatest Egyptian God of all. It was believed that he was actually the son of Ra himself, manifest in the flesh.
After the plague of darkness felt throughout the land was lifted, Pharaoh resumed his position of "bargaining with the Lord" and offered Moses another "deal." Since virtually all of the Egyptian animals had been consumed by the judgments of the Lord, Pharaoh now consented to the request made, to let the people go, but they must leave their animals behind.
This was a totally unacceptable offer, as the animals were to be used as the actual sacrifice to the Lord. The Lord is uncompromising when He has set the terms.
Enraged by the refusal, Pharaoh pronounced the last deadly plague to be unleashed upon the land from his very own lips as he warns Moses, "Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die."
And Moses said, "Thus saith the Lord, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, 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. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more."
At this point the passive obedience that the children of Israel have shown is now moved to a level of active obedience. They are given strict instructions to follow so that they do not also feel the judgment of this last plague sent by the Lord. These instructions are known as "The Feast of Passover", "The Feast of Unleavened Bread", and "The Law of the Firstborn." In these rituals are displayed the law of sacrifice, the law of the gospel, and the law of consecration, all necessary requirements to receive ultimate salvation from spiritual death.
"Let My people go that they may serve Me"
As God's children today we have learned through this great show of power that ultimately it will require "active obedience" to receive salvation from the "One True God."
Looking back over the instructions that were given to Pharaoh to "let my people go that they may serve me", this principle is manifest throughout. Service to the Lord is the requirement of His people, and the blessing for this show of obedience and sacrifice is the ultimate salvation not only from physical death but from spiritual death as well.
JesusFollower on February 29, 2020:
Interesting read, but I didn't like your closing point, which some here seem to have overlooked. You can't put the cart before the horse. Obedience does not save us. Those who have faith (saved) will obey. Obedience is a result of salvation. To suggest that obedience saves is to promote a works based religious gospel, which is another gospel.
unknown on November 12, 2019:
what is the myth of seth isis and osiris
susheel masih on June 11, 2019:
yes I Know it is true.God of the Whole World.The True and Living God of Israel.
person 1 on June 02, 2019:
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Luci Fer on February 01, 2019:
Oh my! How interesting. I always loved reading these books as a child. What marvelous works of fiction
wolfgeen on October 11, 2018:
Dr. Prakash Shah on September 01, 2018:
by birth i am jain but now recently since one year i am Jesus Lover and follow Chritianity. i am very happy now. Jesus Christ is always with me and i am always having Christ image in front of my eyes. my heart is filled with love of Jesus Christ.
Rick Oginsky on April 27, 2018:
Loved the instruction/ message of this article. If the
god’s of Egypt (which enslave the people), could
be thought of as the idols that all unbelieving human
creatures Serve and are enslaved by. We must hear and see what-I believe- God is trying to teach us: that our idols
enslave is; that he wants to free us from these enemies of
our souls as He sovereignty and providentially works in
the circumstances of our live to guide and direct by His
Spirit for our greatest good and His highest glory. But if we
refuse to hear and heed Him with His sought for help; than
we ought to Learn and FEAR HIM knowing He came to rescue us from the wrath to come and it will always and
ultimately be His doing as He so clearly proved to Pharoah
and ought to be a warning/reminder that He Is all Powerful always and able to do whatever He pleases, NOTHING is
impossible. God help us, humble us to cry out to you that
YOU might SET US FREE from refusing/resisting you SO
THAT we might always and FOREVER SERVE YOU amen
Phil Fantastic on February 21, 2018:
If one looks a little deeper, and perhaps takes some hypothetical liberties, imagine the "gods" of Egypt -- and elsewhere -- actually were spirits embodied in the beliefs of the Egyptians. Would it not make sense that Yahweh would have been as intent on sending them a message with such aggressive demonstrations?
Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on April 22, 2017:
Very interesting and insightful article. It is both a historical and religious piece. Great writing, too.
victor from India on December 15, 2016:
Great article with rare information. These ten miracles are the proof given to the whole humanity so that everyone can know that Yahweh is indeed the true and living God. It's quite interesting the way you've connected the ten miracles with ten gods of Egypt.
Fire Lotus on September 09, 2016:
So many great comments on a great article! Someone on another site mentioned that they got a word that Yahweh also meant the plague of lice to demonstrate to all that the enemy cannot create life even in the tiniest way or form at all. Whereas, He can, of course.
Ryan Neely on August 04, 2016:
I totally feel your points in this hub partner. When God performed these plagues, that was His exact purpose concerning showing the fallibility of the Egyptian Gods and their belief in magic. He also took a shot at Pharaoh's proclaimed deity by calling Himself "I AM" as Pharaoh was considered to be a god. In laymen terms, it was God's way of saying, "I am God and you are not."
Gracy Thomas on April 24, 2016:
I am glad for the answer of my question. Today my Pastor, in the Church, said ten plagues shows ten god/goddess in Egypt. I was interested to know what are those. Thank God.
M. Victor Kilgore on February 24, 2016:
Good job. God knew what He was doing when he "addressed" each of their gods with a plague.
Taiwo Kareem from Salford on October 03, 2015:
Wow this is an interesting hub
cobbinah on March 25, 2015:
good provision for my project work
Madtown church on November 11, 2014:
I was preparing my lesson for Sunday and I had heard a teaching many years ago, comparing the 10 plagues to 10 Egyptian gods so wanted to research it out for my class. Was very glad to come across this site. As I plan to bring out to my class, God was mainly revealing Himself to the children of Israel (they had lived in Egypt long enough that they were also worshiping the Egyptian gods) but in doing so, also showed the Egyptian nation that there is only 1 true God. Great work in your presentation!
Snusken on September 23, 2014:
It looks like there is no disagreement between any of the commenters. That's interesting. I'd like to add some disagreement to stir things up a little. Hope I am not rocking the boat too much.
I've read "The Parting of the Sea" by Barbara J. Sivertsen" with great interest.
The subtitle is "How Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Plagues Shaped the Story of Exodus."
Since I've been a lover of science since my early childhood in the 1930's, I always have tried to view religious convictions in view of what science says. But I know there are people that do it the other way around; viewing science in view of what the Bible says. No wonder there is some disagreement, to say the least.
Goringe Accountants from London, UK on September 22, 2014:
Brilliant article. Thank you for sharing!
j monster on September 16, 2014:
theomajor from New Zealand on June 24, 2014:
Some good concepts in this hub. Unfortunately some of the commentators are right in pointing out errors of tenuous connections regarding some of the false Egyptian deities. What concerns me more is the ignorance of some commentators. Jews did not exist as a nation until the split between Israel and Judah in the land of Israel. Even then there was essentially an Israelite culture. Jews did not exist properly until the time of the prophet Jeremiah (Yerimiahyahu, pbuh). Bibles declare that it was he who removed the Ark Of The Covenant to safety. He formed key elements of bibles according to authors like Friedman and Schreiber. Moses was in fact a Levite, not a Jew. He developed the religion of Israel; that is The Way Of Moses, not Judaism or christianity. Egypt was finished as a world power with the destruction of their Pharoh and much of their army at the time of Moses' Hebrew Exodus. They erased much of their history but some still remains. Certainly there is solid archaeological evidence for the events at the Red Sea crossing and Sinai. Authors like Jonathan Gray can point any sceptic in the right direction there. For more information on Moses I would recommend some of Kahana's (Karaite Judaism) hubs.
newlife! on June 22, 2014:
so nice! thks 4 the emfo,,don doing my assiment regarding dis!
i'm BBCA student
Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on March 27, 2014:
I enjoyed the hub though I was not sure about the Egyptian Gods. The link between the 10 plagues and ten major gods of Egypt intrigued, though I did not think there is a strict link, it is worth the thought.
It makes sense to me that it would mean something to the Egyptians if their gods were being challenged even if it were nothing but ironic. Then again, hind-sight is 20/20.
Sarah Forester from Australia on February 16, 2014:
Very interesting Hub, I had no idea that this was how the plagues were based.
John D Custer from Tampa Bay Area, Florida on February 03, 2014:
I had heard there were the ten gods, one each for the ten plagues but this is the first time I have seen them listed and applied. Very good, and easy to understand and follow.
Anthony Isaac Wells on January 27, 2014:
Very interesting! Except! Moses was made a God by the Almight and Aaron was made the Prophet. Exodus 7:1 Then the Almighty said to Moses, See, I have made you like a God to Pharoah, and your brother Aaron will be your Prophet. Aaron was the Prophet will Moses was made like a God.
Kukata Kali on December 03, 2013:
This was a great read! Such an interesting perspective! Loved it~
Michelle on November 05, 2013:
Your piece is really good. A pastor friend of mine preached about the ten plagues and how the plagues were not just to show Egypt that their gods were worthless and potentially bring some to the knowledge concerning who the true, living God is; but it was to remind the Israelites as well because many of them began to worship these false deities. In my research of the ten plagues, I also found an author who believs these plagues were used to dismantle the Egyptians idea of their gods being creator. The author believes God used each Egyptian gods supposed area of rulership to bring destruction upon it to show that He as God is the Creator of all, able to build up and destroy as He wills.
Matjulia on September 11, 2013:
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Aze azriel Hannah tuavela. on September 10, 2013:
I really danks them they wrote this book or worksheet.i organize this story in my own mind...a..a..about different gods of Egyptian..that's our homework ,so I try and find out,how many gods of Egyptian ,well I find this story..and I copy in my bible note book... And I really enjoy my .....homework....thanksssss........lolzzz.
stanr85 on February 28, 2013:
Thanks so much for the information, was thinking of doing this in our Sunday school class, as we all take turns at teaching. For anyone out there that is interested in doing some research in the Bible and learn why God has so much trouble keeping his people from worshipping false gods I would recommend them buy or read online 1 Enoch(the Ethiopic Book) and there is also a book written by Stephen Quayle called Genesis 6 Giants that I bought and have been reading as well. The book of Jasher also offers much insight as to the inner relations and stories that the Bible teaches us, much of this wasn't recorded in Genesis by Moses because it was common knowledge for the people at the time and some of the books were lost, some recently re-discovered. It all fits together when you put the pieces together and its important to know what really happened in the past as it will happen again in the future. Some church's misinterpret what really happened in Genesis 6, but what took place was unnatural which is why God had to destroy the Earth with the flood. But the Nephilim and the fallen angels deceived mankind into thinking they were gods, teaching mankind all kinds of evil that should never have taken place. Some of this even carried on after the Flood. After Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and into the promised land, they were told to go and take the land that God have given them. Unfortunately the 12 spies that were sent out to spy out the land, as recorded in the Book of Numbers, reported that the land were full of Nephilim (giants) and they said that they were "like grasshoppers" compared to them. Only Joshua and Kaleb had faith that God would help them take the land, but the other 10 spies disagreed. God punished them for their disbelief by making them wonder in the desert for 40 years, until the whole generation had died, with the exception of Joshua and Kaleb. After Moses died, Joshua then led the people into take the land, starting with Jericho, and instructed them to kill every man, woman, child, and animal that was there. This wasn't because God was being cruel, it was because the city was full of Nephilim and God wanted to destroy the unholy bloodline of angelic/human hybrid, that was never God's plan. King Saul and King David also battled them as well, since Goliath was one of the Nephilim as well. Don't mean to be preaching, just wanting to give some truth out there for those who seek it, but don't just take my word for it, as scripture states, "study and show thyself approved."
Darnell27 on November 28, 2012:
this was amazing i loved the way you had the picture of the god
sohail sardar on June 03, 2012:
Hello Hub ,
Very nice , u explained this nice , i apprictae ur work and research. I am a student of theology i learnt it . we should tell it to others now for the praise of Lord .
May God bless u more and use u abundently for His work.
Your brother in Christ
Chris Neal from Fishers, IN on May 05, 2012:
This is a great Hub! Thank you so much for it! It would have been nice to have a little more analysis of the Egyptian deities that were directly affected, but other than that this is a really great Hub!
taylor withers on April 16, 2012:
wow this is amzing
Pastor tony shaw on March 23, 2012:
This is great information very helpful thanks for your time of preparation
Mogreturn on February 03, 2012:
Your hub is great n so enlighting. Thank u so much for this. I'm not surprise that some people do not to believe this divine revelation; if everyone does, it means satan is no longer existing. The devil always give us reasons to doubt God. Somethings always baffles, why do people choose to believe other books but not the bible? And why try so hard to authenticate the bible history that has no contradictions in itself with science and archaeology that are filled with contradictions? Thanks once again n God bless u n your effort
Jen on January 22, 2012:
I've heard this comparison before, but I didn't want to take the time to find where I might have kept it written down, so I I searched online, and you were the first thing to come up. I like how you laid everything out.
I also found your comments section interesting for a different reason. I will never understand why some people live solely for the purpose of arguing. Those people who said things about the Bible being fiction and there is no god and all of that junk.....if they truly believe that, why do they feel the need to seek Christians out and fight with us? Why waste time arguing over something you don't believe in?
Ultimately, I think you and your other supporters handled it well. You didn't let them drag you into an argument, and only pointed out how flawed their arguments were.
jaina priska on January 20, 2012:
this was really helpful.
William Cashwell on November 02, 2011:
The first two plagues demonstrate the power Satan and shows that he can imitate wonders of God. But it also shows that he can not undo the things he copied of God. His power is nothing in Gods eyes. All Satan did when he copied the wonders of God was to add to the death and destruction of Egypt.
William Cashwell on November 01, 2011:
I have been studding the ten plagues of Egypt. I happened on to hubpages.com because I was looking more information about the plagues. What I have read so far supports what I have been getting from my Bible and the Thru-The-Bible Commentary series by J.Vernon McGee. Your hub has been a been a blessing. I really do not think that I happened on to hubpages.com I think the Lord led me to it. Thank you for the hubpagse.com and my God bless you and keep you.
sarah on October 06, 2011:
great thanks realy helped with my homework
Justin on September 12, 2011:
My former Bible teacher was explaining this to us, because in Exodus it says something like,"I will conquer Egypt, and all her gods" Something on that basis, and if you look the plagues were actually very connected to their gods. Like one plague happening to them would be viewed as,"The Hebrew god apparently has more authority and power over this matter than our own god." Like when there was three days of darkness, that would have been God showing that He, not Ra, has power over such things. It makes sense. I really have never found the Bible contradicting itself. Also, I asked my Bible History teacher that is there any evidence that the Hebrews, not Jews because they hadn't got that title yet, were actually even there. I believed they were but I wanted to know if there was any evidence. Like I said, I asked him and my teacher responded,"Actually, very recently there was an inscription uncovered (however he put it) and it read,"I have driven the Hebrews out." He looked so excited when he explained this to me. So really? That does show evidence that they were there. I haven't found where he was informed about this, but this man is very...... concerned over historical accuracy. Let's just put it like that. That's why I trust him, he can't stand fake things even mentioned as fact in the topic of history. So, that does give evidence that at one time there was a group of Hebrews that lived in Egypt and they were... well asked to leave, in a sense. What people have to accept is that looking for evidence for a group of people such as the Hebrews, and being able to identify they existed is not the easiest thing on earth. It would probably take decades, more even centuries to get things found. I mean, really, how long has humanity really been in the business of SERIOUS archaeology? Not until recent times really. I think it's funny, we have only really started learning about the world around us and I heard on National Geographic,"We are actually starting to understand EVERYTHING about the world around us." People need to calm down. We don't know, or even understand everything.
I like the point that was made here, it makes sense and really shows what Exodus was getting across... well at least part of the whole grand scheme.
RAKESH SHARAN on September 05, 2011:
I m thankful to you and God because you made me to understand about Israel...since i m theology student i want to thanks lot...may God uses you more and more in days to come..
alexies on August 22, 2011:
but only GOD can destroy these god of Egypt
The GOD our creator of all things those who are made him...
Genesis 1:1 in the beginning GOD created the heaven and the earth..........
yoyi on July 29, 2011:
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Kevin on July 20, 2011:
This is such a great and useful hub. I had a fun time doing my homework about this!
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ on May 17, 2011:
Thanks Guys x
unknown on March 30, 2011:
helped with my homework thanks
Peter on March 12, 2011:
I've been looking for this correlation for a long time. Thank you for providing it. May God continue to richly bless you.
sammi on March 08, 2011:
awesome....love it im in bible class :)
Hillary on February 20, 2011:
it has helped me as atheology student to manage my assignment under the course biblical background.
God bless the author.
Adam Kenawee from Alexandria on December 14, 2010:
Interesting hub, I am sure plenty of hard work and time were involved in the making...
One has to wonder why Egyptians didn't really write about those plagues, though they wrote about battles they fought and lost. Could it be that the winner made up the whole story? Abrahamists conquered this country (Egypt) more than once, not to mention the whole world.
Anonymous on November 23, 2010:
The time will soon come where all will undoubtedly see the mighty hand of the Lord. I pray that no man perish, but all may come to repentence before that great and terrible day.
arvy dylle on November 06, 2010:
the 10 plagues was sent to the egypt is the punishment of pepole
nickadaa on November 03, 2010:
Really good. Helped me understand Religion class a bit more. The links to the gods and goddesses make so much sense. Thanks guys at the website for giving me a 100 on a quiz!
Chichi on October 10, 2010:
Thanks for the HUB!! It helped me for my Bible study!!
EgyptFreak on August 30, 2010:
Thanks for the hub, it was just what i needed. It made it so easy for me to write my report.
Although other sites have differing information, the gods were the egyptian's creations and changed much over the years. The perfect example for this is Horus's mother. Earlier egyptians believed that Horus's mother was Hathor. Later, the myth was changed and Isis became Horus's mother.
Thank you again Doghouse, for your time and effort that you put into this project.
Madi on August 27, 2010:
Thanks for the info.I scanned a ton of books and couldn't find the info I got here. It is awesome. I am homeschooled and I am studying ancient Egypt. This helped alot! :)
Z on August 01, 2010:
I found this very helpful and imformative. The people complaining about the errors in the descriptions if the gods need to stop trying to be know it alls, as if they have ever opened a book on Egypt, they know that the roles of the gods changed over the centuries and that storys differ to the point where they contradict. Though I do agree that khepri had the head of an Egyptian scarab, not a fly.
RN on July 24, 2010:
Awesome Hub...Really helped wit my homework as well as my understanding..Thanx
JC on July 16, 2010:
Khepti actually has the head of a dung beetle, not a fly.
The dung beetle rools the dung ball along.
Thus Khepti moves the sun along the sky.
nandog on July 14, 2010:
Obviously the egyptians believed in gods and goddess just not the right one as the hub explains above. Christianity is the ONLY religion that can prove itself to be true!
thonny ch on June 23, 2010:
I've been wondering for so long about plagues in Egypt. Why GOD choose them and how come they were being sort like that. And now I understand. Thanks. I'll use it as my Bible Study reference.
rhianna george on June 14, 2010:
thankyouiu,, i used this for an assessment,, it wass veryy usefulll :D lol byee thankyouuuusss
mtown07chick on May 01, 2010:
This was very very helpful and interesting. Thank you for all the hardwork and effort that you put into it and keep up the good work!
Aubrey on April 27, 2010:
This helped so much!!! Thanks alot
zac on March 16, 2010:
Hey really nice hub, i used it for a report i'm doing on the connection between the plagues and what they have to do with the egyptian gods, they really helped out nicely. :)
Monique on March 03, 2010:
This is a thought-provoking post with interesting comments. The possibility that the plagues corresponded to gods worshipped at the time made me start thinking: if He pronounced present day judgments in the form of plagues, what would they be? What gods are prevalent in our society?
jshaff on February 19, 2010:
I am continually grieved at many individuals blindness and their inability to search for and find truth. Truth must be universal or how can we exist? Where did we receive the information which gives us life and the ability to communicate? Why do we exists and where are we going? There are many more questions which must be asked and the answers speak of power and intellect which is beyond our comprehension.
The law of non-contradiction states that "a statement cannot be both true and false". Any belief system which has contradictions within itself holds no value to any one. Yet, blindness continues many down a path which is full of contradictions and where they cannot find that for which they search. The emptiness which results causes a greater intensity in their present desires unless a distraction causes one to look another direction.
The proper distraction will help one realize that indulging into pleasures will not fill the emptiness but recognizing TRUTH will satisify. Within the HOLY BIBLE there are not contradictions and in its pages we are exposed to Jesus Christ who is Truth.
I pray that God will conquer your blindness and you will be able to see the truth of the one who loved you so much that "he gave his only begotten Son" to die for your sins. And, through His death you might have "fellowship with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." And, through Him you would find eternal life.
angeleyes on February 09, 2010:
Great job in the doghouses. To the nonbelievers If you don't believe in God that he sent his son Jesus Christ to die for our sins then I am sorry for you. The word of God is true. The same God right now is the same God back then. I'm praying for you in Jesus name.
FOBC on December 10, 2009:
Jewish fairy-tales.There was NO exodus. NO Jewish slaves and there is NO evidence any of this ever happened. What there IS evidence of is that the same people who invented these fake histories are the same people who INVADED Egypt by proxy-HYKSOS.The dirty filthy scamming sheprherd herders who stole NIle Valley culture and theosophy and created their own version of it known today as JUDAISM,and who to this day exploit African culture and religon and Continent and strongarm Palestine and its people who are the REAL peole who belong there. To hell with this bogus nonsense!
SirDent on December 07, 2009:
How did I miss such a great hub? I was thinking just a few weeks ago about adressing this myself. Now I know I don't have to because it is already done.
Such evidence is basic and easlily seen. I can't figure why so many are so resistant to the truth.
In The Doghouse (author) from California on December 07, 2009:
Thank you for the corrections you added to the Hub. I sincerely apologize for making Heket a god instead of a goddess. I know how it feels to be mistaken for the opposite sex. Perhaps some "school-level textbook" research would have revealed I am not a "HE".
Krys W from Abertawe, Cymru on December 06, 2009:
Anyway, if Doghouse makes errors on simple facts that could be found in a school-level textbook on Ancient Egypt, that raises a huge question mark regarding his crediblity on any statements he might make concerning christian mythology as well.
Krys W from Abertawe, Cymru on December 06, 2009:
There is more than sufficient documentation regarding the characteristics of the Ntrw of Egypt carved onto the walls of the temples of Egypt, which have survived unlike the temple of the Jews (so much for a protecting YHWH).
So, what archaeological, scientific or other documented historical information is there regarding plagues in Egypt? There is no consistent evidence to support the "exodus" as an historical fact. Who was the Pharaoh of the time? Where are the records of it happening apart from one narrative written by one Jew in times long after the supposed events?
mightyblackwolf on December 06, 2009:
You have to remember that information that one shares is information gathered from anothers research. Truth is based upon the current information that one has, The world was flat at one time, the galaxy revolved arround the Earth at one time also, this is always subject to change with new information. I guess that you can pick apart my spelling but that does not make my point invalid nor does it make me ignorant it simply means spelling is not my strong point. I believe "In The Doghouse" did enough research to get the point across kodos DOGHOUSE. I am in search of information (scientific, archeological, historical) that would support (sugest) that Egypt was indeed plagued. I'm not nick picky as some are because I can weigh it out for my self to determine what I personaly believe to be true or fact. Very interesting hub DOGHOUSE it was just what I was looking for a corealation (patern) for why God chose the plagues that he did and the number that He chose, I knew it was there I just had to find it. Thanks
MissE from Texas on December 04, 2009:
Wow! What a cool subject! I had never heard or thought about the Egyptian gods and goddesses in relation to the plauges. So interesting. I also enjoyed all the fun comments!
Krys W from Abertawe, Cymru on November 28, 2009:
You have quite a few errors in your descriptions of the Neteru (Egyptian deities).
Heket is a goddess, not a god. She was not associated with fertility, but was seen as offering help and protection to women during childbirth. Min is the god of fertility.
Kephera does not have a fly on his head, but a scarab beetle. He represents the Sun during its passage through the night before it ascends over the mountains of the eastern horizon. Thus he represents resurrection and new life. The scarab beetle would painstakingly push a ball of dung containing its eggs. This was seen by Egyptians as symbolic of Kephera's journey, hence the association.
Isis isassociated with the use of magical spells used for healing, but also for many other purposes. The god of medicine is Nefertum, and from a later date also the deified physician Imhotep. Sekhmet as patroness of the bone-setters and surgeons is also connected with medicine.
Apis is not a virgin cow goddess, but the sacred bull that was kept at the main temple in Memphis. He was considered to be the sacred animal of Ptah.
If you want to twist Egyptian mythology to fit your mythology, you should at least get your facts right.
Sphinx777 on November 08, 2009:
These deities were worshipped with offerings and prayers, in local and household shrines as well as in formal temples managed by priests. Different gods were prominent at different periods of Egyptian history, and the myths associated with them changed over time, so Egypt never had a coherent hierarchy of deities or a unified mythology. However, the religion contained many overarching beliefs. Among these were the divinity of the pharaoh, which helped to politically unify the country, and complex beliefs about an afterlife, which gave rise to the Egyptians' elaborate burial customs.
Sphinx777 on November 08, 2009:
Ancient Egyptian religion encompasses the various religious beliefs and rituals practiced in ancient Egypt over more than 3,000 years, from the predynastic period until the adoption of Christianity in the early centuries AD. Initially these beliefs centered on the worship of multiple deities who represented various forces of nature, thought patterns and power, expressed by the means of complex and varied archetypes. By the time of the 18th dynasty they began to be viewed as aspects of a single deity who existed apart from nature, similar to trinitarian concepts also found in Christianity: the belief that one god can exist in more than one person.
tom on November 02, 2009:
Jake Sinnaeve on October 27, 2009:
also, those people who are putting up comments about scientific records and stuff like that, God can not be explained! HE IS!!! Science is so wrong, in so many ways. And to all you people that Are fighting back to those comments about "There's no sicence to that story>" or whatever, God Always wins as shown with the egyptians!!
Jake Sinnaeve on October 27, 2009:
NO matter what anyone else says, you have skill and did a GREAT job putting this hub together. I think the connections of the true God's plagues with the cheesy Egyptian "gods" is awesome! It helped a lot with my research on this time! Thanks and keep putting up these sweet thingys that keep God in first place! You're awesome!
saul munro on October 26, 2009:
Khnum was another entity sacred to egyptians and israel was supposed to sacrifice to the lord animals sacred to the egyptians ;as Moses said we must go a least three days journey into the wilderness . Great work equating plagues with egyptian gods and goddesses .thanks
i hate history on October 15, 2009:
thanks so much for posting this however long ago! It helps with my history project and I will site you as a source. i liked the fly-headded goddess (why would anybody worship a fly or "sacred scarab beetle"??? umm can you say "eww"?) makes me feel kind of safe knowing that the God of Israel is my Daddy and that I have eternal life with Him~ God bless~!
Mavic on October 08, 2009:
Thanks for posting this. I'm a homeschooling mom & this came in very handy during our lesson on the plagues. My kids know the story of Moses & the Exodus by heart, but this added a new dimension to their learning. God bless you!
Alex Wilbins on October 01, 2009:
P3ac3 on September 16, 2009:
thanks for posting that, i'm learning about Egypt in school and this is what we're talking about.
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Koine on June 26, 2009:
One must admire the faith of Eccles in science. We have no scientific certainty of many events that transpired 350 years ago, nay let us consider the case of the JFK assassination less than 50 years ago. Yet, Eccles is looking to science to verify the events closer to 3,500 years ago? Happy hunting my friend. You want archaeological evidence of a people wandering in a desert (shifting sand and all), who would only remain in one location a few days at a time? From that time period, we cannot find archaeological evidence of entire cities that existed for centuries that were built on firm fertile soil ideal for preserving artifacts. Please do not delude yourself -- it is not fiction just because you do not wish to believe it.
Anonymos on June 25, 2009:
The Egypitians were a nation of Prideful, superior people in their eyes. Would you put that in your newspaper if you just lost millions of slaves, livestock, your children, and everything else? They were in ruins. Of course they wouldn't record it.
And much like many other areas in the middle east, acheology has found that by tracing areas the bible does direct us to, we have found many ancient civilizations. While the Red Sea crossing path isn't recorded, some excavations have taken place at certain points and found artifacts such as chariot wheels dating from the time this would have taken place.
Jesus said "I am The Way, the Truth, and The Light." Since truth isn't relative, that's either right or wrong.
Eccles on June 24, 2009:
The Book of Exodus is complete fiction. There is nothing in Egyptian writings to corroborate the stories of the Ten Plagues or even the escape of the Hebrews across the Red Sea. THere is no achaeological evidence that 2 million people wandered in the Sinai Desert for 40 years.
Why do you take the bible so seriously. It is the worst book of fiction ever written
bobydues on April 28, 2009:
dear anynomys< go to Church!
LaSonya Thompson on April 06, 2009:
Right on point in these end times.....
Squirrelock Holmes on April 01, 2009:
IIRC a Talmudic story says that the angels praised God for rescuing the Jews from Pharaoh when the Red Sea closed on them. God said, "The work of my hands is drowning in the sea, and you want to praise me?" Thus when we observe Passover we take a moment to remember the suffering of the Egyptians from the plagues.
Scripture tells us that when we left Egypt we were a "mixed multitude". Some were Egyptians and some were other races not descended from Jacob. Through the experiences they endured together and by being obedient to God, these people were all bound together into Israel. Praise God for His willingness to receive all who will follow Him!
mark on March 18, 2009:
Very interesting post. However the fourth plague was probably not a plague of flies. The most ancient manuscripts don't mention flies at all. They simply say God will send "swarms". the flies were added by a later editor. Most likely it was swarms of dung beatles. This would make sense in the context.
I am also convinced that God was deperatly trying to reach the Egyptians, as He loves them as much as the Hebrews. He was trying to show them that He was the true God.
Anonymous on March 10, 2009:
I didn't enjoy this very much. what makes god so much better than egyptian gods eh? atleast we know what egyptian gods LOOK like.
michel on February 25, 2009:
I support lucky dog in his arguments. Bozyslawa is taking half of biblical story as truth like the exile of the israelites in egypt and the plagues. At the same time, he is denying the divine origin of those plagues. This is not logic and his arguments of israelites arranging all the scenario of the plagues require much more faith than the biblical story. I wonder how could the israelites paint the river Nile in red in a second by just putting a rod in it. Bozylawa your arguments are not based on solid intelligence but rather on gratuitous assumptions can you please support your arguments with proofs? I am doubtful about this, you only invented this whole theory its sad hope you change your mindset about it. God bless!