Awesome Hands – part 49: “The land stank”


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Awesome Hands – part 49

“The land stank

Having the wrath of God poured out on our flesh feels good to know one who experiencing it and KNOWS they are experiencing it.

In the case of the Pharaoh, Moses and Aaron God has been clear what His commandments are. Pharaoh is to let God’s people go so that they can worship Him in the wilderness.

The Pharaoh’s heart is hardened due to the Lord’s work and will of course, and the plaques are just and extension of that will.

As we continue in the book of Exodus, we are going to see the continued hardening of Pharaoh’s heart as the Lord works the second of ten plagues into the life of the Pharaoh and Egyptians, the plague of frogs.

“False doctrine and lying spirits”

Exo 8:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
Exo 8:2  And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs:
Exo 8:3  And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs:
Exo 8:4  And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.

Up until now, the Lord has shown a miracle to Pharaoh and the magicians, wise men and sorcerers. He has also used Moses and Aaron to perform the first plague of turning the water into blood.

We covered some of the meaning of the first plague and how there was an immediate shift of the magicians from using a “fiery enchantment” to then do whatever enchantments they performed with “secret enchantments”.

With this second plague, the Lord is going to cause frogs to leave the river and come into absolutely everywhere.

We are told very specific areas in which these frogs go. However, first let us see from scripture what these frogs represent spiritually so that we can compare spiritual with spiritual.

1Co 2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

These frogs are a progression of what happens in the first plague. In the plague of blood, the fish’s all died within the water.

Now, we have something come forth from the water which is going to cause utter destruction.

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Total KJV Occurrences:13

frogs, 13

Exo_8:2-9(8), Exo_8:11-13 (3), Psa_78:45, Psa_105:30

Eleven times frogs are mentioned in this chapter of Exodus. Two more times frogs are mentioned in the OT, and 1 time in the NT in Revelation.

Psa 78:45  He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.

Psa 105:30  Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings.

Pay close attention to how frogs are mentioned in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the revealing of Jesus the Christ.

Rev 16:10  And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

Rev 16:11  And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Rev 16:12  And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

Rev 16:13  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Rev 16:14  For they are the SPIRITS OF DEVILS, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

 

In our previous study, we just covered the first plaque which caused all the water in Egypt to turn to blood.

The sixth angel in the book of Revelation pours out one of the vials of the wrath of God on the river Euphrates and it dries up. This is done so that the WAY of the KINGS of the EAST might be prepared.

This is all showing us in type what the Pharaoh, his magicians and his wise men are doing as they act out the role of “the dragon, the beast and the false prophet”.

All three of these are within us primarily, but as with all things that happened, they have happened for our admonitions.

You might think this isn’t a direct correlation, but I will point you to Exo 7:8-9.

Exo 7:8  And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
Exo 7:9  When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.

The Lord calls this a miracle, and we know the magicians and sorcerers performed the same miracle multiple times because multiple rods were made into serpents. So, what was the purpose for these men to be able to perform these miracles?

Exo 7:13  And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

This is done because in order for God to call His people up and out of Egypt, He must send strong delusion that “they would believe a lie.” What stronger lie is there than what these magicians do looks identical to what God’s true prophets do?

Eze 14:9  And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
Eze 14:10  And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him;
Eze 14:11  That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord GOD.

2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

So, when we read in Exo 8 that frogs were called up out of the water, and we correlate those frogs to being “lying spirits and spirits of devils”, we can also conclude that we are being told this because the WATER represents the Word of God.

It is the Word of God that is used to deceive as well as give Life. It is the Word of God that at one moment is turned into blood [ of which we spoke about being the blood of Christ in type], and at the next moment is used to cast forth these lying spirits out of the mouth of the dragon, beast and false prophet.

“Intreat the Lord for me”

Exo 8:5  And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt.
Exo 8:6  And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.
Exo 8:7  And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.

Moses is told of the Lord to tell Aaron to bring forth frogs from the river unto Egpyt and Aaron does so.

Notice, the magicians perform this miracle as well. It is a miracle and likewise it is a plague at the same time.

Often times, a miracle or sign is used for unbelievers to deceive them into thinking that their ways are just and right. However, this will be the LAST time that these magicians are able to duplicate or copy the work of the Lord.

This is the third time [ serpents from rods, water into blood, frogs from river] they are able to do what Moses and Aaron do as commanded of the Lord, and this shows the same process the Lord works in His prophets and prophetess.

This process shows a change in the actions of the Pharaoh because this is going to be the first time the Pharaoh asks Moses to ask God to take away the pain and suffering that is being brought to Egypt due to the Lord’s will.

Exo 8:8  Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the LORD, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the LORD.
Exo 8:9  And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?
Exo 8:10  And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our God.
Exo 8:11  And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only.

If you have understood the pattern up until this point, then you will recognize that the Pharaoh’s has immediately not hearkened to the voices of Moses and Aaron and “retreated back to his house”.

Now, the Pharaoh calls for Moses and Aaron to pray to the Lord on his behalf. Not only that, but Moses permits the Pharaoh to determine when the frogs will be called back in order to PROVE undoubtedly that the Lord Himself is the one who works the work of keeping the boundaries of the frogs.

If you’d been following along, then you should also recognize that we aren’t just talking about frogs here. We are talking about the false doctrines and lying spirits which are manipulating the people of God.

These lying spirits come forth from the “mouths” of those who are in opposition to God. However, there comes a time when even they recognize that something bigger than them is at work here and they must acknowledge this power working in the midst of them.

This is all used to show us the pattern the “seed of the sower follows”. In the case of the frogs, the Pharaoh actually wants to enquire of the Lord and also wants to let the people go do what the need to do for the Lord, with certain restrictions of course.

Mar 4:3  Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
Mar 4:4  And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
Mar 4:5  And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
Mar 4:6  But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

The Pharaoh is only reacting to the “stone” which is very present behind the events unfolding, but being in the presence of the “Sun” and having no root is going to cause death to happen none the less.

Exo 8:12  And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried unto the LORD because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh.
Exo 8:13  And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields.
Exo 8:14  And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank.
Exo 8:15  But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

The Pharaoh gains the relief that he desired, but he doesn’t keep his word. He just wanted to be rid of the judgments of the Lord. This is so telling to the work the Lord does in our lives when we first learn of His ways.

The Lord listens to the words of Moses and kills all the frogs, but they must still be disposed of and when they are all gathered up they stink.

Psa 38:5  My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

This is the same Hebrew word stink as is used in both of the examples of the fishes and the frogs.

Exo 7:20  And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.
Exo 7:21  And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.

Exo 8:14  And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank.

The result of both situations is that something dies. The fish and what they represent dies in the water turned to blood. Now, the Pharaoh entreats the Lord via Moses but the result is the same. The frogs now die and stink.

What we can conclude from this is that this process and progression shows us how the Lord will kill everything that moves when it has to deal with all that flesh has to offer.

Everything in the sea and everything in the earth must die.  When it does, it will stink because it is all foolishness to the Lord. This is all caused by the Lord and must be so.

In the next study, we are going to see where the Lord takes this story and progresses beyond what the magicians can duplicate with their enchantments. They are NOT going to be able to turn dust into lice and this will play a significant role in the lives of God’s people because the Lord will purposefully start to separate His people from their taskmasters around them.

 

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