A Plague of Flies

Bible Reading:
Exodus 8: 20-32

Text verse:

Exodus 8:22
And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, 
in which my people dwell, 
that no swarms of flies shall be there; 
to the end thou mayest know that 
I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.

What is the purpose of the Word of God?
What is the purpose of the Miracles recorded in the Word of God?
What was the purpose of the Plagues that God sent against Egypt?
Our text verse provides us with the answer:
To this end that you may know that 
the Lord is in the midst of the earth!

The fourth Plague descended on Egypt.
A Plague of Flies
The Afrikaans Bible says:
A Plague of stinging, biting flies.
The Hebrew phrase translated in our Bible as a swarm of flies
can also be translated as a "mixture of noisome beasts"
While Jewish tradition tells us that it was the dog fly that plagued the Egyptians.
A fly that is a real nuisance - a stinging biting fly!

But listen to
Psalm 78:45
He sent divers sorts of flies among them, 
which devoured them; 
and frogs, which destroyed them.

"Divers sorts of flies" "Various sorts of flies"
Did you know that there are about 119 500 known species of flies in the world?
House flies, crane flies, black flies, fruit flies,
Horse flies, dog flies, blow flies, stable flies
The tsetse fly to name but a few!
Divers, various sorts of flies plagued Egypt!

Flies speak to us of filth, disease, contamination and they are a nuisance.
A plague of flies meant bad news!
While the common house fly does not bit or sting,
some like the Tsetse fly do and all flies are carriers of disease!
The spread and carry diseases like Typhoid fever,
cholera, diarrhea, worms and even the polio and Tuberculosis viruses!
More then just a nuisance.
It is a carrier of Bad news and sickness!
The fly is a symbol of filthiness.

PRINCE OF DEMONS
In the Scriptures, satan the devil, that wicked serpent is called Beelzebub.
Matthew 12:24
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, 
This fellow doth not cast out devils, 
but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

The prince of the demons!
But friend did you know that Beelzebub means when translated:
Lord of the Flies!
It is little wonder that the devil is called the Lord or prince of those filthy flies!
The author of sickness and sin!

FILTHY FLIES - GERM CARRIERS
Researchers captured 8 flies and allowed them 
to come into contact with various types of germs. 
The flies were then allowed to settle and walk on certain food types.
5 minutes later the food was contaminated with 9000 germs
30 minutes later this increased to 500 000 germs
ie: a half million germs
5 hours later the food was found to be contaminated
with 3 and a half million germs.
It was not difficult to contaminate the food as flies 
are not very discerning when it comes to food 
and will sit and vomit on almost anything!

A fitting symbol of the devil - the prince of the flies!
He sends his demons out to contaminate our lives with sin, sickness and problems!

Only one fly - only one little sin
What harm can it do!
One Cigarette - what harm?
It proves that you are one of the boys!
It will steady your nerves!
But soon you notice
Your fingers are stained yellow
Your teeth are stained yellow
Burnt furniture
Burnt clothes
Burnt bed sheets
Your sense of smell is no longer so keen
Shortness of breath
and later cancer of the throat and or of the lungs.
One fly but it spreads millions of germs within a space of hours!

Just one little drink - just one brandy - just one beer
It can do you no harm - makes you one of the boys
Relaxes and calms the nerves
One drink leads to two then three
A roadblock - arrested, a night in prison
A life ruined and it all started with one drink!
An accident - Hospital maybe even death - a life of regret!
Children ashamed of the actions of parents
Broken homes
Pink elephants - and soon you discover you are an Alcoholic
Cancer of the liver
A Ruined career
And all because of one drink!

It was only one white lie
But need two or three more to cover it up
Discovered and exposed
Now your word can no longer be trusted.
A reputation is ruined in a moment of time!

The fly lays 20 000 eggs at a time
The eggs hatch with 12 days
Millions of flies within a few weeks!
And friend this is a picture of sin!

CONTROLLING THE FLIES
There is only one way of controlling flies.
There is only one way of controlling sin!
Eliminate the places where they lay their eggs!
Before the eggs hatch they must be destroyed!
Protect your homes with screens on the doors and windows!

Friends, we need to protect our children.
We need to avoid the places of sin.
We need to eliminate the places where sin breeds!
Get rid of the sources of sin!
We need to take action!
Chuck them out!
Those Books, Those pictures, Those videos!
Those boxes of cigarettes, Those beer and bandy bottles!

THE LAND OF GOSHEN
Why, is it so important?
The Children of God are a separate people.
There were no flies in the Land of Goshen where the children of Israel lived!

Exodus 8:22
And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, 
in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; 
to the end thou mayest know that 
I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.


Friend, we too should be free of flies!
No flies were found in Goshen!
No flies should be found where the Children of God dwells!
We should be free from sin

Listen to the Word of God:
Hebrews 12:14
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, 
without which no man shall see the Lord.

Matthew 7:20
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

THE LAND OF EGYPT
Pastor how can I rid my life, my family, my home
from the flies that are plaguing us?
Listen friend:
Pharaoh wanted to rid Egypt from the plague of flies.
He called for Moses and Aaron!
Who was Moses?
His name means:
The one who was rescued - drawn out of Water!
A Picture of Baptism

Listen to what Peter said on the Day of Pentecost
Acts 2: 38
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, 
and be baptized every one of you 
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, 
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Who was Aaron?
His name has a twofold meaning:
Mountain or hill and also the bringer of Light!

Listen to what the Psalmist says:
Psalm 121:1-2
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

Friend, we too need to turn to God.
If we wish to be free of the Plague of flies
The plague of sin, sickness and problems.

Listen to the promises of God
Isaiah 44:22
I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, 
and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; 
for I have redeemed thee.

Isaiah 1:18
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: 
though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; 
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

This is the difference between Christianity and all the other Religions of the World.
Jesus offers us forgiveness of sin
Freedom from the plague of flies

Romans 5:8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, 
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Moses led Israel to the promise land
and
Jesus promises us Eternal life if we turn to Him

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, 
I am the way, the truth, and the life: 
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Amen

Pastor CSJ Claassen
PO Box 99
Welkom
South Africa
9460

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