Moses and His Miracles
Moses is an important biblical character of the Old Testament as he is God’s messenger and missionary to release the chosen people from the Egyptian oppression. The protagonist of the book of Exodus, he is the performer of several amazing miracles as he invested with divine power. However, are his deeds miracles? This article will present them to you.
Moses goes to Egypt, at God’s demand, to free the Jews from Egyptian enslavement. He asks the Pharaoh to let them go, but the ruler refuses. Consequently, Moses and his brother, Aaron, attempted to change the Pharaoh’s answer by demonstrating the power and greatness of their divine supporter with a series of 10 plagues. Moses had to repeatedly resort to his miraculous powers to bend the will of the king because the Pharaoh’s magicians duplicated, at a smaller range, the incredible deeds, which made the ruler remain unconvinced. The wonders performed by Moses were:
- Blood- the water of Nile River turned into blood, being thus undrinkable and all the fish killed; the Egyptian magicians duplicated the effect;
- Frogs- millions of frogs spread everywhere and studded every corner, even in beds and ovens; the magicians were able to bring some frogs out of the water too; The Pharaoh promised to release the Hebrews if Moses gets God to destroy all the frogs; Moses complies with the request, but the ruler makes up his mind, which determines Moses to cause another plague;
- Gnats- numerous gnats attacked people and cattle, the magicians being unable to duplicate this; however, the king still said no;
- Flies- Swarms of flies came over the houses of the Egyptians, including the royal household, but not on those of the Hebrews; the act proved inefficient;
- Affliction- a disease killed the Egyptians’ livestock, but not that of the Hebrews; still, the Pharaoh is unmoved;
- Boils- Moses threw a handful of ashes, and all Egyptians and their animals covered with boils; it didn’t obtain the desired result;
- Hail- a dreadful display of rain, lightning, and thunder destroyed the Egyptians, leaving untouched the areas where the slaves lived; the Pharaoh remained stubborn;
- Locusts- an army of locusts attacked the Egyptians crops and their belongings, consuming everything edible that had survived the hail storm; still, it didn’t change the ruler’s decision;
- Darkness- three days of darkness swallowed Egypt, but they didn’t do the job;
Up to this point, the incidents through which God showed His mighty strength, brought shame to the gods worshiped by the Egyptians. However, the Pharaoh didn’t back down. It was not until the tenth “plague” affected the oppressors that the ruler said yes. The last plague was the most painful too. All the firstborn sons of all the Egyptians would die. So that the Hebrew firstborn sons would be spared, God instructed the Jews to kill a lamb and smear the doorposts and lintels of their homes with its blood. This was the sign of passing over the homes of the Hebrews when death hit Egypt. As a consequence, the Hebrews released, and they quickly left Egypt.