Exodus 8–10: On Finding Out There’s Something Rotten in the State of Egypt (Bible Talk, Ep. 24)

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Exodus 8 begins with a plague of frogs. By the end of Exodus 10, the whole nation of Egypt is covered in total darkness—so much so that “they did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days.” It’s as if the people of Egypt were stuck in a grave.

But the people of Israel? Moses tells us: “But all the people of Israel had light where they lived.”

In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Exodus 8–10.


4:30 / What’s noteworthy about the plague of frogs?

8:28 / After Moses turns the dust of Egypt into gnats, Pharaoh’s magicians cannot imitate the plagues with their secret arts anymore. What else begins to be different about the plagues?

11:09 / Moses sparks a conversation about whether churches should have baby dedications or sermon series on movies.

15:01 / Why doesn’t Pharaoh throw in the towel after the first several plagues?

17:38 / Jim strolls slowly through Exodus 9:13-16, offering commentary along the way.

20:55 / Sam points out that Egyptians begin to turn to God.

22:44 / The plague of hail is more destructive than modern readers might have predicted.

24:20 / Pharaoh confesses his sin, but it is not a repentant confession.

27:17 / Pharaoh’s servants call Moses a snare, which Jim says becomes the pattern of a worldly way to see God’s spokespeople across Scripture.

31:27 / What is the significance of the plague of darkness and Pharaoh’s threat to Moses?


35:17 / Why is Bible Talk comfortable with mentioning Harry Potter so much?

Image: The Fifth Plague of Egypt, J. M. W. Turner, 1800

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