Modern Day Lessons

Were the ten biblical plagues natural events? Would it matter if they were?

One of the most debated stories in the Bible is the Exodus story of Moses and the ten plagues bestowed upon Egypt for their refusal to release the Israelites from slavery. It has been proposed that the ten plagues were nothing more than natural phenomena. It would certainly be within…
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Exodus

God strikes down all the firstborn in Egypt triggering the beginning of the Israelite’s’ exodus (Exodus 12:29 – 12:39).

As he had warned he would do, at midnight, God struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, including Pharaoh’s firstborn son and the firstborn of all livestock as well. Pharaoh and his officials rose in the middle of the night to hear great wailing throughout Egypt for there was not…
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Exodus

God instructs Moses on the Passover and Festival of Unleavened Bread – A Christian view of the Jewish rite that celebrates Israel’s sacrifice, redemption, and honor (Exodus 12:1 – 12:28).

God told Moses and Aaron: “This month is to be the first month of your year. Tell all of Israel on the tenth day of this month, each is to take a lamb, one for each household. If a house is too small for a whole lamb, they must share…
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Exodus

God brings a plague of locusts upon Egypt and Pharaoh agrees to let the Israelites go – but only with unacceptable conditions on their release (Exodus 10:1 – 10:20).

God said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs before them so you can tell your children and grandchildren how I performed signs and miracles and made fools of the Egyptians so they…
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Exodus

Moses asks Pharaoh to let my people go – then turns waters of the Nile into blood (Exodus 7:14 – 7:24).

Despite Aaron turning his staff into a snake, Pharaoh refused to free the Israelites from bondage. Then God told Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding. He refuses to let the people go. Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the river. Confront him on the bank of…
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Matthew

The Transfiguration – Jesus transforms into radiant light and reveals John the Baptist as the Old Testament prophet, Elijah (Matthew 17:1 – 17:13).

After six days, Jesus took Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Then there appeared before him Moses and Elijah,…
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Exodus

Aaron’s staff becomes a snake, but Pharaoh refuses to free Israelites from captivity (Exodus 6:28 – 7:13).

The  Lord spoke to Moses in Egypt, “I am the Lord. Tell Pharaoh, king of Egypt, everything I tell you.” But Moses said to God, “Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?” Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God…
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Exodus

The genealogical record of Moses and Aaron (Exodus 6:13 – 6:27).

God spoke to Moses and Aaron about the Israelites and Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. He commanded them to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. These were the heads of the families involved (all families below descended from Jacob). Reuben - the clan of Reuben Hanok Pallu Hezron Karmi Simeon…
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Exodus

Moses and Aaron arrive back in Egypt and demand the release of the Israelites – Pharaoh responds with punishment of Hebrew slaves (Exodus 5:1 – 5:23).

After speaking to the Israelites about the task God has assigned them, Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “Our God, the God of Israel, has told us, ‘Let my people go so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” Pharaoh said, “Who is this…
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Exodus

God sends Moses and Aaron back to Egypt – Moses performs the first signs for the Israelites (Exodus 4:18 – 4:31).

After speaking to God through the burning bush, Moses went to Jethro, his father-in-law, and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.” Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.” The Lord had said to Moses…
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