Here is a short piece to an article I’ve been studying and working on for awhile but haven’t gotten to fully write about too much further than a post I did a few years ago.
*Please note* I have only studied what I could find and Egyptian gods are extensive so this is only in part this study. I could only go by what I could find and dig up.
In the Bible in the book of Exodus it talks about the plagues of Egypt where God strikes Egypt with ten plagues. At one point in my life I was told that there is a significance to each plague. This made me want to study further to see what each plague represented. The research I did brought me to the beginning when Moses and Aaron first go before Pharaoh. God told Moses before him (Moses) and Aaron went to Pharaoh that when Pharaoh asks them to perform a miracle that Aaron is to throw down the staff and it would become a snake, some translations say a serpent. I wanted to know why God would turn the staff into a serpent. As we know the serpent is a cursed creature in scripture and God’s people were not to be apart of it. This is why I wanted to know the significance of this first sign to Pharaoh in Exodus. In Egypt the serpent was a big part of their gods. Pharaoh is often depicted with a cobra around his headpiece. The serpent or cobra was associated with the goddess wadjet who was supposed to be the protector of the southern region of Egypt as well as the protector of the Nile. Wadjet was considered the serpent goddess. There are other “serpent goddesses” in Egyptian mythology but wadjet is supposedly one of the earliest to mention. The headpiece with the cobra Pharaoh wore is known as the uraeus and was worn by Pharaoh as a symbol of protection over Pharaoh and over Egypt and the Nile by wadjet. It was also believed that Pharaoh was a manifestation of the sun god Ra and that when Pharaoh wore the uraeus Ra would protect the Egyptians by spitting fire on their enemies through the eyes of the uraeus. I’m sure already a few plagues have come to mind. Some of the symbolism of the plagues have already started to be shown just from this little bit.
Getting back the initial point I was getting to. The reason why God turned Aaron’s staff into a serpent was a sign to Pharaoh that wadjet and Pharaoh himself (Egyptians considered Pharaoh a god as well) were not gods but that He (Jehovah) is God. So when Aaron threw the staff on the ground it turned into a serpent. Pharaoh’s magicians also turned their staffs into serpents but Aaron’s serpent swallowed the magician’s serpents up. This was a symbol and sign to Pharaoh that wadjet was not going to be able to protect him from what was coming and that Egypt was subject to God’s hands not wadjet’s, not ra’s, not pharoah’s, not any other Egyptian god’s. Every Egyptian false god was about to get torn down one by one. It was the start to ten plagues that were going to prove to the Egyptian people that Jehovah is God, the only God and He is God of all. Another sign to Pharaoh was when he asked who sent Moses and the reply to him was “I Am sent me.” Meaning I Am God. This was the message to Pharaoh. In exodus 7:5 says “And the Egyptians will know that I am Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.” This wasn’t just about setting the Israelites free, it was also about showing one of the strongest regions at that time who was God. This has been part one of a writing I had started.