Locusts Sermon Illustrations

Locusts Sermon Illustrations

In April, 1932, the first colony of locusts to be established in the British Isles was living in the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London, in a glass case, with desert and tropical grasses, and lit by a powerful electric lamp to represent the African sun. London thus became the international centre for war against locusts whose invasion of Asia and Africa could cause millions of pounds' damage annually.

(Joel 1. 4; 2. 3-5)


Locusts Darken the Sky

On May 28, 1962, came the news from Tehran, Iran, by the Associated Press that swarms of locusts were so great they darkened the sky. The locusts invaded Iran from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in the twenty-four hours. Four United States, four Soviet and 15 Iranian spray planes have been used to fight the locust plagues in the north, south and southwest. The Russians operating in the north near the Soviet border, have been able to save some of the farmers' crops, but the locusts have de­stroyed nearly all crops in the south where United States planes fly.

Yet there are some pulpiteers and professors in college who aim their ill-grounded doubts about the swarms of locusts in Pharaoh's day.

These words from God's Word should silence into shame these question-mark placers:

"Let my people go that they may serve me." "Thus saith the Lord God."
Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast: and they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot he able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field: and they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers' fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day  (Exodus  10:4-6).

And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt (Exodus 10:13-15).

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