Confronting the Egyptian Frog and Earth Gods

“But if you refuse to let them go, then I will plague all your borders with frogs….All the dust of the land became gnats throughout all the land of Egypt.”

— Exodus 8:2, 17

In the 10 plagues of Exodus, we have a confrontation between the one true God and the false gods of the Egyptian people.

Plague number two was an attack by frogs. The frogs were one of the many gods of Egypt. It was the goddess Hekt, which is a form of the Egyptian word Hathor, who was the goddess of love and mirth and joy. It is from this goddess Hathor that the Greeks got the name of their goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love and mirth and joy.

But when the frogs started hopping over everything—in their houses, into their ovens and into their food, even into their beds—they didn’t have much mirth and joy. And then when they all died and the nation stank, they were not too thrilled, I believe, with the goddess Hekt or Hathor.

Plague number three was probably fleas. Now one of the gods of the Egyptians was the god of earth, Seb, and they worshiped the earth. We can picture those fleas hopping up all over the place. The Egyptians’ reverence for their earth god Seb would no doubt have cooled when they saw their land covered with trillions of fleas. These two hard lessons underscore the fact that we should worship the one true God alone.

Lord of lords, free us from all false worship and spirituality of our day. Make us aware of subtle forms of idolatry that are attached to seemingly good causes. May we worship You, the Triune God, and You alone…