Frogs can come from the strangest places, even out of nowhere it seems.
In ancient Egypt, they were everywhere. They were in the Pharaoh’s palace. They were in the streets. They were also found in fields, shops, and homes. The irony is that Egyptians worshipped frogs and saw them as symbols of life.
God indeed has a sense of humor, doesn’t He?
In Revelation 16:12-14, they come out of the mouths of the beast, the false prophet, and the dragon.
Frogs are popular in our stories. There’s Kermit, the conscientious and friendly frog who cringes when his peers do stupid things. There’s Michigan J. Frog, who sings and dances for his owner, then assumes a froglike pose and croaks when anyone else appears. The Frog Prince is a handsome royal who got caught in a spell and must be kissed to release its grip. In stories, frogs are generally depicted as ugly, benign, and possessing hidden talents. An example is Slippy Toad, a great mechanic but mediocre pilot who frequently has to be rescued by his teammates.
Frogs are depicted as disgusting in Scripture. The Egyptians didn’t like frogs so much when they had them coming out their ears. Here in Revelation 16, they are joined with unclean spirits who play the role of the serpent in the garden.
The serpent influenced Eve with crafty questions that led her to question what God had said. Its cleverness lie in the fact that the serpent knew Eve, being human, would be tempted with power, power that made right up there with God.
And you know what happened then.
These frogs are symbolic. They depict some powerful influencers who turn the kings’ hearts away from God. Old Testament history is replete with story after story of kings doing what they thought was right in their own eyes and leading the people astray. We read too that God would become angry with them and visit them with wrath. It could come in the form of invading enemies, power-hungry family members bent on revenge and carrying lethal weapons, and abject spiritual blindness.
The lesson for us is to be regularly praying for those who govern us. May God be their guide and not the allure of power. And if they won’t follow God, then pray their power be taken from them and given to another who will.