ANOTHER NIGHT WITH THE FROGS
At exactly 8:02 AM on May 8, 1902. Almost 30,000 people died instantly in one
of history’s worst natural disasters.
The immediate cause of their deaths was the violent volcanic eruption of
Mount Pelee on the French colonial island of Martinique. It hurled millions of tons to rock, boiling
lava and a terrible blast of super-heated air at the town of St. Pierre. The indirect case of their deaths was a
sordid record of human stupidity, greed and political opportunism. The volcano first began misbehaving a full
week before the final disaster with warnings of what was to come in various
degrees including a gigantic rock and mudslide, which killed several hundred
people at a factory outside the town.
But, with only a few exceptions, none of the person’s in authority made
any effort to evacuate the town, which lay at the foot of the rumbling volcano.
Procrastination! Some things can wait, some cannot! Our text speaks of the danger of delay. Ill. The context. The 10 plagues sent upon Egypt represent the great duel between
Jehovah and the various false gods of Egypt.
This passage concern the second of thee plagues, the plague of
frogs. This was a direct attack on
Heqet, the frog-headed goddess who was believed to breath life from her nostril
into humans created by her husband, the great god Khnum, from the dust of the
earth. This plague was clearly designed
to show Egypt that Jehovah alone was God.
In the midst of this scene sits a man named Pharaoh. His actions during this plague are of
interest to me this morning. Here is a
man who could have been delivered from the plague, yet he chose to spend
Another Night With The Frogs. That is
the subject I want to preach about this morning. Allow me to share some aspects of this story that teach us the
great danger of delay, especially in spiritual matters.
I. v. 1-7 A TERRIBLE CALAMITY
A. A Disgusting Calamity Frogs
Everywhere! Illustrate the extent of
B. A Disturbing Calamity Frogs
were considered sacred and, as a result, could not be
C. A Devastating Calamity There
wasnt a single person beyond the reach of the frogs
D. A Defiling Calamity The frogs
filled all the temples and thereby defiled them and
the people from worshipping any of their other gods.
E. A Descriptive Calamity A
clear picture of a plague that afflicts all men.
1. Sin is everywhere 1 John 5:19;
2. Sin cannot be handled by man (Note:
v. 7, religion cannot handle it) (Psa.
3. Sin touches every life Rom.
3:10, 23; Gal. 3:22
4. Sin keeps the sinner separated from God
Isa. 59:2; Psa. 66:18
II. v. 8-10a A THOUGHTLESS CHOICE
A. Pharaoh’s Desire To be free
from the frogs.
B. Pharaoh’s Dilemma To call on
God would be to admit his own helplessness.
C. Pharaoh’s Decision He
decided to put off until tomorrow that which should have
done right then.
Depiction He pictures the lost sinner. Most lost people want a
relationship with God. It gnaws at their souls.
Their sins bother them and they know they need to prepare for the day when
they will leave this world. However,
before they can come to the Lord, they must confess their own sinfulness and
inability before God. They must
acknowledge God to be their only hope.
As a result, they delay their coming to God and make up various excuses
in an attempt to justify their indecision.
Some Typical Excuses:
love my sin 2 Tim. 3:4 (Rom. 6:23)
2. I am
a good person Pro. 20:9 (Matt. 5:20)
3. I am
too evil Luke 19:10; John 6:37; Mark 2:17
is too much to give up Ill. Hell Mark 8:36
are too many hypocrites in the church Better to sit with them in
fry with them in Hell!
just don’t understand the Gospel Rom. 10:9
7. I am
waiting for a feeling Eph. 2:8-9
can’t hold out Not your job 1 Pet. 1:5
wait until I can live it Cant live it until you have. The power to live it comes
with it, Gal.
What’s your excuse?
Because of Pharaoh’s refusal to comply with the command of God, he and
his people were required to spend another night with the frogs they so
Source Of The Consequence v. 10 Pharaohs own words decided his
Scope Of The Consequence v.9, 11 Pharaohs decision affected more
him. Every person and family in Egypt
Splendor Of The Consequence The consequences of Pharaohs decision
us a valuable
lesson about the dangers of delay in making spiritual decisions.
1. The consequences of sin will continue until
we respond appropriately to God’s call –
2. The choice to continue in sin affects more
people than just us. (Ill. A pebble
3. It is dangerous to delay in spiritual
matters – Pro. 27:1; Gen. 6:3; Pro. 29:1; 2 Cor.
is too precious for you to take a chance on gambling it away – Luke 13:3;
5. God will never force Himself upon you – John
3:16; Acts 16:31; Eph. 2:8-9
Will you choose to spend another night with the frogs, or will you come
to Jesus Christ for salvation today?
There are consequences that follow each decision. What will you decide to day? Will it be sin or the Savior? Will it be Heaven or Hell? Will it be forgiveness or the frogs? What will you do with the message you have
heard this morning?