Dead Diseased Animals, Storms, and Pandemics Plague Egypt: Exodus 9

In the ancient land of Egypt, the Great Spirit spoke to Moses, a wise and courageous leader of the Bantu people. The Great Creator commanded Moses to go before Pharaoh, the powerful ruler of Egypt, and deliver a divine message. Moses was commanded to demand the liberation of the Bantu people, so they could leave Egypt, go worship, and serve the Great Spirit freely.

But Pharaoh was stubborn and defiant; he refused to release the Bantu from their bondage. He hardened his heart and ignored the pleas of Moses. The Great Spirit, in response, decided to display His mighty power and bring to fruition a series of plagues in Egypt.

The first plague came in the form of a devastating disease that struck the livestock of the Egyptians. The cattle, horses, donkeys, camels, oxen, and sheep suffered greatly. All the while the livestock of the Bantu remained unharmed. Pharaoh witnessed this miracle, yet his heart remained hardened, and he did not yield to the Great Spirit’s command.

Boils on Skin

Next, Moses was instructed to take handfuls of ashes from the furnace and sprinkle them toward the heavens. As he did so, a terrible outbreak of boils and sores afflicted the Egyptians and their animals. Even the magicians, who tried to replicate the miracle, were unable to stand before Moses due to their afflictions.

Pharaoh’s heart remained unyielding, despite the suffering that befell his people. Undeterred, the Great Spirit spoke to Moses once more, instructing him to rise early in the morning and confront Pharaoh once again. The Great Spirit promised to unleash further plagues upon the Egyptians, demonstrating His unmatched power and authority.

A fearsome hailstorm, unlike any Egypt, had ever witnessed was foretold. Pharaoh was advised to gather his livestock and belongings from the fields, as everything left outside would be destroyed by the hail. Those who heeded the warning, including some of Pharaoh’s servants, sought refuge inside their homes, while others disregarded the words of the Great Spirit and left their possessions vulnerable.

Harsh Thunderstorm and Hailstones

As Moses stretched his hand toward the heavens, a tempestuous storm engulfed the entire land of Egypt. Thunder roared, and hailstones rained down upon the land, accompanied by fire that blazed across the ground. The hail devastated the fields, destroying crops, trees, and the livelihood of the Egyptians.

Yet, within the land of Goshen, where the Bantu people resided, there was no hail. The Great Spirit protected His chosen ones, shielding them from the destructive forces of nature.

Witnessing the devastation caused by the hail, Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron, acknowledging his wrongdoing and confessing the righteousness of the Great Spirit. He pleaded for the calamities to cease, promising to release the Bantu from bondage. Moses, understanding Pharaoh’s insincerity, assured him that as soon as he left the city, he would extend his hands in prayer to the Great Spirit, and the thunder and hail would cease.

Pharaoh Was in His Feelings

True to Moses’ word, the storm subsided, and the rain ceased. However, Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened. He refused to acknowledge the power of the Great Creator, defying His will and refusing to release the Bantu people from their enslavement.

Thus, as the Great Spirit had foretold, Pharaoh continued to resist, and the Bantu remained trapped in the land of Egypt. The stage was set for more miraculous events and trials, as the Great Spirit’s plan unfolded, testing the faith and perseverance of the Bantu and their steadfast leader, Moses.

To be continued…

Written by Minister Koko

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