Thus says the Lord , “By this you shall know that I am the Lord : behold, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and it shall turn into blood. The fish in the Nile shall die, and the Nile will stink, and the Egyptians will grow weary of drinking water from the Nile.”’”(Exodus 7:17-18 ESV)
Pharaoh did not take the first plague too seriously at all. The river turned to blood? My guys can do that – go on, show them. There, see. Just the same. So what.
For seven days, though. Seven days of stinking water. Seven days of struggling to get fresh drinking water. Seven days of dead fish. Seven days of the critical source of life, purification, nourishment and growth stimulation polluted. Not just polluted any old way, but polluted by blood. This would not be the last time that blood would play a significant part in the acts of God to show the Egyptians and the children of Israel.
This first plague, however, should not be downplayed by us as we consider it. God takes the deliverance of His people seriously and starting off by striking at the very heart of the Egyptian prosperity. The Nile enriched the area, it was what helped the area become so fertile and thus so fruitful. That was an important base on which the country established themselves as a super power in the world at the time. Yet no super power can withstand the mighty acts of the creator of heaven and earth.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden