The ten plagues of the judgment of God against Egypt, part 6.
“Seventeen miracles have been identified in the first seven plagues that God brought upon Pharaoh and Egypt in the opening chapters of Exodus,” reiterated the Reverend J.A. Layman, evangelist with Sterling Ministries, before The Lay School faculty here in Clinton, Tennessee. “By now it should be clear that a pattern exists in these Scriptures that has been overlooked by many: the performing of the miracle in the plague and the removal of the plague which constitutes another miracle. In some cases other miracles were also included in the performance of the plague.
Plague/sign 8: (Exodus 10:1-20) Plague/sign 8 was the plague of locusts (although some of the other English translations/versions in our sbs, vbv, comparison study translate ‘grasshoppers’) and these vermin were ‘to eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you,’ (the Egyptians), ‘from the hail’. The locusts were to eat every tree that grew in the field, and to invade the houses of the Egyptians. The Scriptures record that Moses stretched his rod over the land of Egypt and an East wind brought in the locusts (Exodus 10:13); the locusts covered the face of the whole earth and ate the herbs and fruits of the trees which the hail had left and nothing green remained in the trees or in the herbs of the field (Exodus 10:15). Once again at Pharoah’s request, Moses prayed to God and the Scriptures record that God sent a strong west wind that took the locusts away and cast them into the Red Sea, (verse 19); and if we accept the rendering of the New International Version (NIV) in this verse that it was the Sea of Reeds and not the Red Sea where these locusts were cast into, we have an even more miraculous miracle in that God was able to destroy such an innumerable number of locusts in such a swampy marshland as the NIV and other critical sources would lead us to believe the Sea of Reeds (Yam Suph in Hebrew) was! It would seem to us from all Biblical accounts that such a marchland would have to have been extremely massive indeed to manage to destroy this plethora of locusts! At any rate, the raising of the west wind at the request of Moses to carry the locusts away from the Egyptians, whether to the Red Sea or the Sea of Reeds, was yet another miracle!
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