Plague of Boils, mixed
media by Yvette Rock
As Pharoah's defiance grows, so does God's severity. The sixth
plague threatens not only the Egyptians' livelihood, but their very lives
as well. The plague of boils afflicted every Egyptian and his livestock
with erupting sores all over their flesh. God spares the Israelites and
their livestock of this affliction.
The ashes which Moses used to demonstrate this plague came from a kiln
- most probably the one next to Pharoah's palace which was used for burning
human sacrifices to one of Egypt's idols. Human sacrifice is an abomination
to the Lord. God literally took the remains of their pagan sacrifice and
threw it in Pharoah's face.
The ten plagues of Egypt prefigure Jesus' ministry in which he frees
people who are oppressed by evil spirits, infirmity, and even death itself.
Jesus came to set us free from sin, Satan, and the world which is hostile
"Lord Jesus Christ, by your cross you have set us free. You are the
savior of the world. Deliver me from every weight of sin and evil that
would keep me from serving you with joy and trusting obedience."
8 And the LORD
said to Moses and Aaron, "Take handfuls of ashes from the kiln, and let
Moses throw them toward heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. 9 And it shall
become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and become boils breaking
out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt."
10 So they took ashes from
the kiln, and stood before Pharaoh, and Moses threw them toward heaven,
and it became boils breaking out in sores on man and beast.
11 And the magicians could
not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were upon the
magicians and upon all the Egyptians.
12 But the LORD
hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he did not listen to them; as the LORD
had spoken to Moses.
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