Exodus 9:8-10 And the Lord said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to
you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the
heaven in the sight of Pharaoh.
9 And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.
10 And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast.
A principle called the “boomerang principle” is given in Galatians 6:7. For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. The same principle is seen again in God’s judgment upon Babylon in Revelation 18:5-6. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
The same principle is at work in God’s judgment upon Egypt. Moses is told to take ashes of the furnace and to sprinkle them toward heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. The result was the breaking out of boils on man and beast of Egypt. The furnace is symbolic of the slavery and affliction of the Hebrews in the land of Egypt. But the Lord hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto Him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day. Deuteronomy 4:20. Therefore, Moses taking the ashes from the furnace and sprinkling them toward heaven in the sight of Pharaoh was emblematic of God taking the affliction of the Egyptians upon Israel and pouring them back upon Egypt.
Copyright © 2005 by Henry DuBose