- a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has ...
- any epidemic disease with a high death rate
- infestation: a swarm of insects that attack plants; "a plague of grasshoppers"
- blight: cause to suffer a blight; "Too much rain may blight the garden with mold"
- any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)
We know that the Pharaoh would not let God's people go and as a result paid a hefty price for his cold heart. So starting in Exodus 7: 19-25 we read about the start of the plagues that GOD had released on the Egyptians. But when digging deeper we learn the meaning behind these plagues. The Egyptians had many gods that they worshiped and each plague correlates with a particular god. The following is a list of the plagues (and verses where they can be found) and also the names of the Gods that the plague went against.
|Plague||Bible Verse||Egyptian God|
|Water to Blood||Exodus 7:19-25||Hapi|
|Diseases of Cattle||Exodus 9:1-7||Hathor|
|Death of Firstborn||Exodus 11 & 12:36||Horus/Pharoah|
Now if you read in Joshua 2:10-11 and Joshua 3, you will read all about the crossing of the Jordan. For those folks from the land of Caanan, they worshiped the god of storms and rain who was called "BAAL". Baal won his dominance by defeating the other deities, including the god of the sea, the god of storms (also of rain, thunder & lightning), and the god of death. Baal's victory over death was thought to be repeated each year when he returned from the land of death (underworld), bringing rain to renew the earth's fertility. Rahab and the people were terrified since the GOD of Israel controls the water and the flood Baal was defeated.
Thanks to the following people for their help with this posting. Rabbi John Ferret who without him I wouldn't even be doing this. Dave and Deena Peterson for their support and Bonnie Calhoun for her most wondrous help with HTML.