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Good Morning.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your rod and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their streams, over their rivers, over their ponds, and over all their pools of water, that they may become blood.’ And there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in buckets of wood and pitchers of stone.” (Exodus 7:19)

By pronouncing this judgment upon all waters, Pharaoh would be hard pressed to explain it away. Not only did God strike the waters of the Nile, Egypt’s main water supply, but the sign was extended to all waters in the land affecting even water in pitchers and vessels. This presented a major problem for the Egyptians who were “loathe to drink of the water” — and it got worse. The contaminated waters caused the death of the fish which was another major blow to the Egyptian way of life. Fishing was a major food source and without it they were essentially left with little to eat and even less to drink.

The sign that was given to Pharaoh was more than just affecting his food and water supply; it was a reminder to him and all of Egypt of their past transgression. In the words, that the Nile became as blood should be considered as “measure for measure” – God’s way of repaying Egypt for the blood of the Hebrew infants who were cast into the waters of the Nile. They used the Nile to shed innocent blood thus it became blood to them. An apocryphal work, the Wisdom of Solomon, records that: 

“At the sight of the bloody Nile, the Egyptians were with horror reminded of Pharaoh’s murderous command against the Hebrew children.”

When warning us about judging others, Messiah said, “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” Consequently, what we do others —whether good or bad — will come back to us because God has determined that we reap what we have sown. It is a universal law that cannot be avoided. Therefore, we must all consider our words and actions and how they will help shape our future either for good or for bad. It behooves us all to sow good seed — to judge righteously and to treat our fellow man with kindness and fairness. How we measure it to others will determine how it is measured back to us.

Blessings and Shalom,  




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