As you may have already read, Holy Week is a busy week around here.
Today, when we handed out chores, somehow Jack ended up with blog duty, and *I* had to clean out his closet.
“Content,” I told him, “The people want content.” Let’s see what he came up with for you fine folks, shall we?
My mom said I could write the blog today. I had some awesome video game tips I was going to share with you, but she said that you are mostly moms and probably don’t play video games a lot. So, I’m sharing the research paper I did for school on how our God beat up on those poor old ancient Egyptian gods. It’s good for Holy Thursday because it also includes the Passover.
If you want to know how our family celebrates Holy Thursday, you can check out this post my mom wrote about it last year. If you or your kids want my Clash of Clans tips, ask me in the comments.
The ancient Egyptian religion is based on the worship of many gods and goddesses that had to do with daily life. The Hebrews believed in the One True God. In the Exodus story, from the Bible, God hears his people cry for help, and sends Moses to work plagues upon Egypt. Through the plagues, God punishes the Egyptians for their cruelty to the Israelites and the stubbornness of Pharaoh, and also proves to them that He is greater than each of their individual gods.
The first plague God sent to Egypt is the river of blood. Moses struck the water with his staff, and it was turned to blood. Just as with the Israelites, it is considered by the Egyptians unclean to be sick, or to have touched anything having to do with death. So Nun, the god of all water, would be greatly disgraced by Moses’ action. The Nile was the most important aspect of Egyptian daily life and the most important thing that all their gods protected. As Egypt is the gift of the Nile, it’s defilement is an insult to all the gods.
The second plague of Egypt was the plague of frogs. Out of the Nile came thousands of slimy amphibians that swarmed into peoples houses. Heket, the goddess of frogs, was the protector of childbirth, and had the head of a frog. These creatures were sacred, and it was forbidden to kill them. To have them infesting and destroying like that is a great mockery to the goddess.
The third plague of Egypt was the plague of gnats. Moses turned the dust into gnats that annoy the people of Egypt. Geb was the god of the earth. To have the dust of the earth turned into this filthy bug would make his power seem inferior.
The forth plague was the plague of flies. Moses made great swarms of flies come into Egypt. Khepri was the god of all insects. God’s power destroys the false gods power and makes their own sacred creatures destroy the land.
The fifth plague was the plague of death of the cattle. God makes most of Egypt’s cattle die. Hathor is the protector of cattle, so killing them would make her seem useless.
The sixth plague was the plague of boils. Moses sprinkled ash into the air and it landed on the people and turned into great oozing sores. This made all the Egyptians unclean and assaulted the goddess Isis, the patron of healing and medicine.
The seventh plague was the plague of flaming hail. God made flaming hail fall on the land. It destroyed all the remaining animals and many of the crops. Nut, the goddess of the sky, would be greatly frowned upon for this terrible disaster.
The eighth plague was the plague of locusts. God sent thousands upon thousands of these foul creatures, who gobble up all the plants that had not already been destroyed. This diminishes Seth, the god of chaos, for not even he can bring such turmoil.
The ninth plague was the plague of great darkness. God made an immense darkness that covered all Egypt, except where the Israelites dwelt. It blotted out Ra, the god of the sun and most important god. In ancient Egypt, the god most loved by the people seemed to be the most powerful. But our God, loved by the Egyptians or not, smites down the false gods of the Egyptians.
The tenth and greatest plague upon Egypt is the plague of the death of the first born. God entered into the homes of all the Egyptians and struck a fatal blow on every first born in the country, from the son of the lowest slave to the son of Pharaoh himself. Because the Pharaoh was considered a god, to kill his son was to kill the future god.