The Ten Plagues

As part of our Judaism topic, we found out about the Ten Plagues this week. Harry D in particular had excellent knowledge about these and was a helpful expert in describing what they were. We agreed that Pharaoh was very foolish to not learn his lesson the first... or the second... or the third time! It will be interesting to see how many the children remember next week when we talk some more about Passover.

The Jewish Ancient Israelites are enslaved in Egypt. Moses and Aaron come before the Pharaoh multiple times. They demand in the name of God, “Let My people go, so that they may serve Me in the wilderness.”

Pharaoh repeatedly refuses their demands. Aaron’s staff turns into a snake and swallows the magic sticks of the Egyptian sorcerers. Even when faced with this example of God’s power, Pharaoh refuses to let the Jewish slaves go. Moses warns the Pharoah that God will smite Egypt. Pharaoh is stubborn. As a result, God casts ten plagues upon the Egyptians. When faced with the horror of each plague, Pharaoh promises to let the Ancient Israelites go. Each time the plague stops, he takes back his promise and holds the Jews captive. As a result, another plague befalls the Egyptians… then another, then another.