Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess and my third Bible series entitled "The Ten Plagues".
Let's recap: Jehovah God has caused three plagues to befall Egypt. The Egyptian gods Hapi, Thoth and Geb, together with the goddess Heqt, have been totally disgraced. Still Pharaoh continues to be obstinate, refusing to free God's people from slavery.
Plague #4 (Exodus 8:23, 24) - plague of swarming gadflies.
The plague of gadflies swarmed into the houses of all the Egyptians, including Pharaoh's. Gadflies bite. These were not your ordinary flies mind you...these gadflies were HUGE and they were everywhere! Interestingly, unlike the previous three plagues that affected both the Israelites and the Egyptians, this fourth plague only affected the Egyptians. What did this mean - the true God Jehovah was making a clear distinction between His people dwelling in the land of Goshen [Lower Egypt] and the rest of the country. So while the community in Goshen was untouched by the plague, the rest of Egypt was brought to ruin.
This fourth plague showed that the Egyptian goddess, Buto, and the god, Horus, simply had no control over the goings-on in that part of the land for which they were supposed to be responsible, namely Lower Egypt. Do you think Pharaoh developed some humility and obeyed God by setting the Israelites free? Wait and see with Plague #5!
*Image from "My Bible Story" Ch.32 [Watchtower & Bible Tract Society of PA]
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