Plague #8: Locusts (Exodus 10:1 – 20)

Scripture Text:

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Exodus 10:1 – 20


1. What was your childhood method of catching grasshoppers? How did you feel about killing them? Eating them?

2. Why do you think God removes the plague each time Pharaoh promises to let the Israelites go, even though he changes his mind each time? What further point does that prove?

3. Does God often cause people to harden their hearts (see Romans 9:17, 18)? For what purpose?

4. If you were in Pharaoh’s place, would you have given in by now? Why or why not?

5. Why is it that some people would rather self-destruct than admit they were wrong? How would God view their predicament?

6. Which would you rather be: Strong and self-sufficient? Or humble and dependent on God? Why is the choice so difficult? Where does each ultimately lead? Where do you want to end up?

7. Who was your “Moses” – the one who forced you to see the need for God in your life? How did you react to this person, back then? And now?

Additional Comments: 

Although considered a delicacy, locusts (grasshoppers) creep me out. Especially when they bite. The last major upsurge of desert locust to strike West Africa was the 2004 outbreak. Twenty-four countries (including Egypt) were affected. Harvest losses were valued at up to $2.5 billion. One of the largest swarms was 143 miles long, at least 150 miles wide and contained an estimated 69 billion locusts. Yuck.

At the date of this writing (June 2012), Libya and its north African neighbors maybe facing significant locust invasions this summer. Since the demise of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi (October 2011), pest control operations have been largely ignored.


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