7. Plague of flies — The Amplified identifies the type of fly as a blood-sucking gadfly —
The Tabanidae are true flies and members of the insect order Diptera. Species of Tabanidae that habitually attack humans and livestock are widely regarded as pests because of the bites that females of most species inflict, and the diseases and parasites that some species transmit. The various species of Tabanidae range from medium-sized to very large in size…
Horse fly bites are painful, the bites of large specimens especially so. Most short tongued species of horse flies use their knife-like mandibles to rip and/or slice flesh apart….
They are often not deterred by attempts at swatting them away, and will generally persist in attacking until they secure their quarry or are killed. Many often will give chase to their intended targets for a short time.
I had one chase me all the way to the mailbox once. One was bad enough. Swarms? Yikes!
This plague is different because the flies only tormented the Egyptians. God’s set apart the land of Goshen as a sign to Pharaoh. (Exodus 8:22) This sign demonstrated His special love and care for the Israelites and His power to over the flies.
8. a. The Lord may have delayed the plague’s effect on the livestock out of compassion for the innocent animals.
b. The Lord may have delayed out of compassion for the livestock. Matthew 6:26 says “ Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?”
“Are not two little sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s leave (consent) and notice. But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, then; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31
The Lord values the lives of all His creations. Although in the fifth plague, all the Egyptian’ livestock dies. The Egyptians had made the Israelites poor, now the Egyptians are poor. The Egyptian also lost an object of worship, because they worshiped their cattle. (Matthew Henry Commentary)
c. Pharaoh’s response:
- Go and sacrifice to your God. But stay in Egypt. Moses: No, we will go three days journey as God instructed us.
- Okay, go, but don’t go far. Ask God to get rid of the flies. Moses: He asked God and He removed the flies.
- When every single fly was gone, Pharaoh reneged on his promise, just like he did before.
At first, I thought perhaps this was a delayed reaction to the fly bites or perhaps an outbreak of smallpox. Ramses V appears to have died of smallpox.
However, because the sores broke out when Moses and Aaron threw the ashes from the brick-kiln (Hebrew)—the main source of oppression of the Israelites—into the air and it settled on the people, the sores broke out. The plague could not be attributed to any other cause.
b. I don’t believe sin in a person’s life is the cause of all human illness. If it was, everyone would be sick, since no one is without sin. And babies would always be born perfect.
Adam’s sin opened the door for sickness, disease, and death. Jesus came and by one man, sin and death were overcome.
I believe sickness in the new covenant and in the old covenant as well, results from attack of Satan which requires God’s permission. See the book of Job. Satan inflicted him with boils also.
Sometimes the sickness is a direct result of sinful choices, such as abusing the body through various means.
Jesus healed everyone who requested healing. He did what He saw the Father doing, so the Father wants us well.
He is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals you.
Healing doesn’t come because we deserve it. We don’t deserve forgiveness either. That’s why Jesus came. Forgiveness and healing are free gifts.
We don’t have to work for them either. We simply believe, making a withdrawal from the provision made at the cross.
The scripture reference links in this lesson are AMP unless otherwise noted.
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