Locusts are a collection of certain species of short-horned grasshoppers that are usually solitary, but under certain circumstances they become more abundant and change their behavior and habits, becoming gregarious.
Locusts are featured a couple of times throughout the entire Bible. One of the ten plagues of Egypt, the eighth one was that of locusts. Moses warned the Pharaoh that God will send so many locusts and they will cover each and every tree of the land and eat all that is there to be eaten and God did when Pharaoh refused to let Israel go (Exodus chapter 10). Locusts are destroyers.
In Joel 1:14…..’That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.’
Locusts were mentioned alongside other destroyers.
Interestingly, Locusts have been used as food from the earliest times. A common method of eating them was to pull off the legs and wings and roast them in an iron dish. Then they placed them inside of a bag and ate them like parched corn.
Sometimes the insects are ground and pounded, and then mixed with flour and water and made into cakes, or they are salted and then eaten; sometimes smoked; sometimes boiled or roasted; again, stewed, or fried in butter.
God promised in His Word to restore the years that the locusts have eaten. God’s plan for His Children is peace and prosperity. When He released locusts in the Scripture, He did it against the enemy and not against His own people. If there is any area of your life that has been eaten up by the enemy, God’s promise is- RESTORATION!
Bible Verses About Locust
Exodus 10:4 – Or else, if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country,
Exodus 10:12 – Yahweh said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up on the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail has left.”
Exodus 10:13 – Moses stretched out his rod over the land of Egypt, and Yahweh brought an east wind on the land all that day, and all night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.
Exodus 10:14 – The locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the borders of Egypt. They were very grievous. Before them there were no such locusts as they, nor will there ever be again.
Exodus 10:19 – Yahweh sent an exceedingly strong west wind, which took up the locusts, and drove them into the Red Sea. There remained not one locust in all the borders of Egypt.
Leviticus 11:22 – Even of these you may eat: any kind of locust, any kind of katydid, any kind of cricket, and any kind of grasshopper.
Deuteronomy 28:38 – You will carry much seed out into the field, and will gather little in, for the locust will consume it.
Deuteronomy 28:42 – Locusts will consume all of your trees and the fruit of your ground.
Judges 6:5 – For they came up with their livestock and their tents. They came in as locusts for multitude. Both they and their camels were without number; and they came into the land to destroy it.
Judges 7:12 – The Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like locusts for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand which is on the seashore for multitude.
1 Kings 8:37 – “If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight, mildew, locust or caterpillar; if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities; whatever plague, whatever sickness there is;
2 Chronicles 6:28 – “If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight or mildew, locust or caterpillar; if their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is;
2 Chronicles 7:13 – “If I shut up the sky so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
Job 39:20 – Have you made him to leap as a locust? The glory of his snorting is awesome.
Psalm 78:46 – He also gave their increase to the caterpillar, and their labor to the locust.
Psalm 105:34 – He spoke, and the locusts came with the grasshoppers, without number,
Psalm 109:23 – I fade away like an evening shadow. I am shaken off like a locust.
Proverbs 30:27 – The locusts have no king, yet they advance in ranks.
Isaiah 33:4 – Your plunder will be gathered as the caterpillar gathers. Men will leap on it as locusts leap.
Jeremiah 46:23 – They will cut down her forest,” says Yahweh, “though it can’t be searched; because they are more than the locusts, and are innumerable.
Joel 1:4 – What the swarming locust has left, the great locust has eaten. What the great locust has left, the grasshopper has eaten. What the grasshopper has left, the caterpillar has eaten.
Joel 2:25 – I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the great locust, the grasshopper, and the caterpillar, my great army, which I sent among you.
Amos 4:9 – “I struck you with blight and mildew many times in your gardens and your vineyards; and the swarming locusts have devoured your fig trees and your olive trees; yet you haven’t returned to me,” says Yahweh.
Amos 7:1 – Thus the Lord Yahweh showed me: and behold, he formed locusts in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and behold, it was the latter growth after the king’s harvest.
Nahum 3:15 – There the fire will devour you. The sword will cut you off. It will devour you like the grasshopper. Multiply like grasshoppers. Multiply like the locust.
Nahum 3:17 – Your guards are like the locusts, and your officials like the swarms of locusts, which settle on the walls on a cold day, but when the sun appears, they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.
Matthew 3:4 – Now John himself wore clothing made of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.
Mark 1:6 – John was clothed with camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
Revelation 9:3 – Then out of the smoke came locusts on the earth, and power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
Revelation 9:7 – The shapes of the locusts were like horses prepared for war. On their heads were something like golden crowns, and their faces were like people’s faces.