Life of Moses Lesson 5 Day 3

My answers to study questions for BSF Life of Moses Exodus 7:14–8:19


5.  Comparison of plagues of blood, frogs, and gnats.


The Lord’s instructions—
  • Go to Pharaoh in the morning, waiting for him by the river’s edge.
  • Take your staff/rod.
  • Tell Pharaoh I said, “…Let my people go.” If you continue to refuse, I will turn the water of the Nile into blood. The fish will die, the place will stink, and you won’t be able to drink the water.
  • Moses, tell Aaron to take the rod and stretch it over all the waters in Egypt.

Moses and Aaron—

  • They did what the Lord commanded.
  • Aaron raised up the rod and hit the waters with it while Pharaoh and his servants watched.
  • The water turned to blood.

The Magicians did the same by their enchantments and secret arts. My question: what water did they turn into blood if all of it was already blood? Did it get bloodier?


The Lord’s instructions— 
  • Thus says the Lord, Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
  • …if you refuse, I will smite your entire land with frogs;
  • Everything you do and everywhere you go will be infested with frogs.
  • Tell Aaron stretch the rod over the waters and cause frogs to come up on the land.

Moses and Aaron

Aaron stretched the rod over the water and out came the frogs. When Pharaoh asked Moses to pray for God to remove the frogs, Moses did so. The frogs died everywhere except the river.  Exodus 8:6

The Magicians—

This is kind of funny to me. Pharaoh has the magicians make matters worse. Just what they needed: more frogs! Just goes to show, people will harm themselves to prove a point.  Exodus 8:7

Side note: I just looked at way too many frog photos before selecting one. I’m creeped out now. I hope they don’t plague my dreams tonight.

Disclaimer: The “frog” photo may be a toad. I refuse to Google differences between the two for fear of seeing more photos.


Apparently, the magicians could not get rid of the frogs. Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron, asking them to beg their God to call off the frogs. If He did so, Pharaoh would let the people go do their sacrifices. After Moses rid Egypt of the frogs, Pharaoh again refused to let the people go.  Exodus 8:15

Biting Gnats (or mosquitoes)—

 The Lord’s instructions—

“Say to Aaron, Stretch out your rod and strike the dust of the ground, that it may become biting gnats or mosquitoes throughout all the land of Egypt.”  Exodus 8:16

Moses and Aaron—

Moses told Aaron, and Aaron struck the ground with the rod and the dust became biting gnats or mosquitoes throughout the land of Egypt. Exodus 8:17 


The magicians tried but could not reproduce this sign. They told Pharaoh God was responsible for the plague of gnats. Exodus 8:18


Pharaoh’s  heart remained hardened, just as the Lord said it would. Exodus 8:19

 6.  a.  Phrase repeated in Exodus 7:17 and Exodus 8:1 — Thus says the Lord

b.  The phrase is repeated to reinforce that they are a mouthpiece for God and not acting on their own. The emphasis is on God and His power.

c.  This phrase reminds me to pay attention to every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God whether it is on the pages of the Bible or directly in my ears. Whatever I hear must pass through the filter of His words recorded in scripture.

The scripture reference links in this lesson are from the Amplified Bible unless otherwise noted.

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