Frogs, and hail, and locusts, oh my!

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live through the plagues of the Exodus? Take Exodus 10, for example. Here we have a locust plague so devastating that the insects “covered the surface of the whole land, so that the land was darkened; and they ate every plant of the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Thus nothing green was left on tree or plant…” (Ex. 10:15). God’s judgment on Pharaoh was very severe.

But they’re just cute little bugs, right? Um, no. One or two grasshoppers on the front lawn might be fun to watch and pick up, but multiply them by millions and millions, and you have sheer destruction. Nearly a hundred years ago, a modern version of this story took place. In 1915, millions of locusts swarmed through Palestine, devastating crops and attacking people. Just listen to this description:

Whenever touched, or especially when finding themselves caught within one’s clothes, they exuded from their mouth a dark fluid, an irritant to the skin and soiling the garments in a most disgusting manner. Imagine the feeling (we speak from experience) with a dozen or two such creatures over an inch long, with sawlike legs and rough bodies, making a race-course of your back!

Check out a couple amazing pictures of the locust plague at Todd Bolen’s site here.


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