1 Yahweh then said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron, “Stretch out your hand with your staff, over the rivers, the canals and the marshland, and bring the frogs up over the land of Egypt.” ‘
2 So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt.
5 Moses said to Pharaoh, ‘You are the one to gain by it: when would you like me to pray for you, your officials and your subjects, so as to rid you and your houses of the frogs so that they will be left only in the River?’
9 Yahweh did as Moses asked, and in house and courtyard and field the frogs died.
11 But once Pharaoh saw that there had been a respite, he became obstinate and, as Yahweh had foretold, refused to listen to them.
12 Yahweh then said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron, “Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, and it will turn into mosquitoes throughout the whole of Egypt.” ‘
13 Aaron stretched out his hand, with his staff, and struck the dust of the earth, and there were mosquitoes on man and beast; all the dust of the earth turned into mosquitoes throughout the whole of Egypt.
14 By their spells the magicians tried to produce mosquitoes in the same way but failed, and there were mosquitoes on man and beast.
15 So the magicians said to Pharaoh, ‘This is the finger of God.’ But Pharaoh was obstinate and, as Yahweh had foretold, refused to listen to them.
17 But if you will not let my people go, I shall send horseflies on you, on your officials, your subjects and your houses. The Egyptians’ houses will swarm with horseflies, and so will the very ground they stand on.
19 I shall make a distinction between my people and your people. This sign will take place tomorrow.” ‘
25 ‘The moment I leave you,’ Moses said, ‘I shall pray to Yahweh. Tomorrow morning the horseflies will leave Pharaoh, his officials and his subjects. But Pharaoh must stop trifling with us by not allowing the people to go and sacrifice to Yahweh.’
28 But Pharaoh became obstinate this time too and did not let the people go.
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:
2 ‘Give these orders to Aaron and his sons: “This is the ritual for the burnt offering (that is, the burnt offering that stays on the altar brazier all night until morning and is consumed by the altar fire).
3 “The priest will put on his linen tunic and put his linen drawers on to cover himself. He will then remove the fatty ashes of the burnt offering consumed by the altar fire and put them at the side of the altar.
5 “The fire on the altar that consumes the burnt offering must not be allowed to go out. Every morning the priest will make it up with wood, arranging the burnt offering on it and burning the fat from the communion sacrifices.
8 will take a handful of the wheaten flour (with the oil and all the incense which have been added to it) and burn the memorial on the altar as a smell pleasing to Yahweh;
12 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:
13 ‘This is the offering that Aaron and his sons must make to Yahweh on the day they are anointed: one-tenth of an ephah of wheaten flour as a perpetual cereal offering, half in the morning and half in the evening.
17 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said,
18 ‘Speak to Aaron and his sons and say: “This is the ritual for the sacrifice for sin: “The victim must be slaughtered before Yahweh on the spot where the burnt offerings are slaughtered. It is especially holy.
22 Any male who is a priest may eat the sacrifice. It is especially holy.
1 [Song Psalm Of the sons of Korah] Great is Yahweh and most worthy of praise in the city of our God, the holy mountain,
4 For look, kings made alliance, together they advanced;
6 Trembling seized them on the spot, pains like those of a woman in labour;
10 Both your name and your praise, God, are over the whole wide world. Your right hand is full of saving justice,
12 Go round Zion, walk right through her, count her bastions,
14 that such is God; our God for ever and ever, he is our guide!
Thoughts and Reflection
In today’s reading, God started the plague on Egypt. At first, it was frogs. When Moses tells Pharaoh that he can stop this whenever he says the word, Pharaoh does something that many of us do. Put it off to “tomorrow”. Why? Here is God, working through Moses, giving the Egyptian people the option to end something that is harmful to them and yet they put it off.
Perhaps we should self-reflect and see if we are doing the same thing in our lives. This could be starting something good or getting rid of something bad. We should strive to have God’s heart rather than Pharoah’s.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!