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Psalm 105:31-38 - Plagues and Plunder
Psalm 105:31 He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts.
The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition adds beetles and mosquitoes to the list of varmints that plagued the Egyptians. Imagine all those things swarming about you, landing in your hair, your food, your bed! Makes me itch just thinking about it! But the truly amazing thing about this miracle is not that God multiplied the natural pests, but that they attacked only the Egyptians and not the Israelites! God is in control of everything large and small. My Father is sovereign over all!
Psalm 105:32 He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land. 33 He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts.
Instead of gentle, seasonal rain to water their trees and gardens, God sent hail to beat them down even to the point of breaking branches. There were lightning strikes causing fire to run along the ground. What a terrifying storm this must have been! Since they were an agricultural community, this would have caused great loss and confusion. What would they do now that their crops and fruit trees were damaged or destroyed?
Exodus 9:23 (AMPC) Then Moses stretched forth his rod toward the heavens, and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and fire (lightning) ran down to and along the ground, and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
Psalm 105:34 He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number, 35 And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.
God spoke the creation, and it was good. But in His anger, He spoke and the creatures created havoc. God’s words are powerful for life or death.
Proverbs 18:21 (KJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue
What would bring death to the Egyptians would bring about freedom and life for the Israelites.
Just in case the hail left some crops undamaged, God next sent locusts and caterpillars to feast on the smorgasbord of leftovers. A swarm of locusts can devour a grain field in moments. I have seen a tall flower complete eaten by a caterpillar overnight. By this time, Joe average Egyptian must have been praying to his gods that Pharaoh would let these people go! They must have been thinking, “Get them out of my town, out of my city, out of my country!”
Psalm 105:36 He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.
Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and the Lord sent a final plague to strike right at his heart. The firstborn would include all the firstborn children and all the firstborn animals as well, and particularly, Pharaoh’s son and heir. Once again, the Israelites were protected from this plague of death by following God’s specific instructions to place the blood of a sacrificial lamb on the doorposts and lintel of their homes. Since they obeyed this command, the angel of death “passed over” each house with this sign, and the Israelites’ firstborn children and animals were spared. This is a foreshadowing of Jesus being the final sacrificial, Passover Lamb. We are saved by grace because of His blood.
Psalm 105:37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
Where did they get this silver and gold? I thought they were slaves. Their Egyptian captors who had enslaved them for generations gave them their riches. As we stated at the beginning of this study of Psalm 105, the Israelites left Egypt wealthier than they entered it.
Exodus 11:2-3a (AMPC) Speak now in the hearing of the people, and let every man solicit and ask of his neighbor, and every woman of her neighbor, jewels of silver and jewels of gold. 3 And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians.
Proverbs 21:1 (AMPC) The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as are the watercourses; He turns it whichever way He wills.
The statement is made that not one of the Israelites who fled Egypt was “feeble.”
Matthew Henry’s Commentary
Their lives had been made bitter to them, and their bodies and spirits broken by their bondage; and yet, when God brought them forth, there was not one feeble person, none sick, none so much as sickly, among their tribes. They went out that very night that the plague swept away all the first-born of Egypt, and yet they went out all in good health, and brought not with them any of the diseases of Egypt. Surely never was the like, that among so many thousands there was not one sick!
This was a miracle we almost complete overlooked! So many precious details in each verse of God’s word.
Psalm 105:38 Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.
I think part of the reason the Egyptians gave all their jewels and valuables to the Israelites was their intense desire to be rid of them and their God who was causing all the plagues. They had been experiencing utter mayhem because of these slaves. Hanging on to the slave labor no longer seemed worth it!
Chew on this: Pharaoh was hard-hearted to the point of allowing his people to be subjected to plague after plague rather than release the Israelites. Does the Lord sometimes have to get our attention multiple times before we surrender to His will?
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Israel Captive in Egypt
Psalm 105:23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
The Israelites came to Egypt because of the famine and Joseph’s invitation to dwell there where provisions had been stored up. He even took care of his brothers who had sold him into slavery and their families and told them:
Genesis 50:20 (NASB) As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
As we have already pointed out, this was a fulfillment of God’s word to Abraham that his descendants would be strangers and slaves in another land for 400 years.
Psalm 105:24 And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.
The Lord made the Israelites fruitful, and they multiplied to the point that they outnumbered the Egyptians.
Genesis 1:27-28 (KJV) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
The children of Israel were physically strong due to the types of work they did.
Psalm 105:25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants.
After Joseph died, a Pharaoh came to power who did not know Joseph. The Egyptians grew to fear and hate the Israelites. They defrauded them and made slaves of them.
nakal5230 – to defraud, act treacherously: beguile, conspire, deceiver, deal subtilly (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible)
Why would God make the Egyptians hate His people? If the Egyptians and the Israelites had all been one big happy family, perhaps they would not want to leave to go on the journey with God. Their preference would be to stay, and it would be harder to move them back to the Promised Land of Canaan according to God’s plan.
Psalm 105:26 He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.
Why did God send Moses and Aaron to the Israelites captive in Egypt? God called Moses to be His mouthpiece. Moses thought he needed Aaron, his brother, for encouragement, support, and to do most of the speaking since Moses felt that was not his forte. So God sent both of them back to Egypt to deliver His people.
Psalm 105:27 They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.
The land of Ham is another name for Egypt. Some of the descendants of Ham, Noah’s son, had settled in the region of Egypt. First, Moses and Aaron had to convince the Israelites that God had truly sent them. God had told Moses His name, “I AM THAT I AM,” and had given him two signs he could perform for the people to convince them God had sent him (Exodus 4).
Psalm 105:28 He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word.
WHO did not rebel? Let’s look at this verse in the Amplified version:
Psalm 105:28 (AMP) He sent [thick, oppressive] darkness and made the land dark; And Moses and Aaron did not rebel against His words.
Here, the Psalmist begins to recall the plagues the Lord sent against Egypt through Moses and Aaron. He begins with the ninth plague of darkness. Darkness often symbolizes evil. This could be why most children are naturally afraid of the dark and why we walk more cautiously through a darkened area. Moses and Aaron were obedient to all the Lord commanded them, no matter how strange or drastic it might have seemed to them. (Exodus chapters 7-12)
Psalm 105:29 He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish. 30 Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings.
Moses put his staff in the water of the Nile, and all the water in Egypt was turned to blood (Exodus 7:14-25). This was the first plague God sent against the Egyptians. Then the Lord sent frogs, lots of frogs, to the point that they were even in Pharaoh’s own bed! (Exodus 8:1-15). One would think this would be enough to convince him to let the Israelites leave, but Pharaoh’s heart was hardened by God as Pharaoh continued to ignore Moses’ request that he free His people.
Chew on This: God’s people did not enter Egypt as slaves. They became complacent, and the Egyptians deceived them into slavery. God used this to give them the desire to return to the land promised to Abraham. Even the frogs remind us that they needed to Fully Rely On God instead of depending on their Egyptian masters. Does God sometimes use something “bad” to move us from our complacency, to return us to the path of His will?