Exodus 9:1-4,8-9,18-19,34-35 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them back, the hand of the LORD will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field—on your horses and donkeys and camels and on your cattle and sheep and goats. But the LORD will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and that of Egypt, so that no animal belonging to the Israelites will die.’”... Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh. It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on men and animals throughout the land.”... Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hailstorm that has ever fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded till now. Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every man and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.’”... When Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he sinned again: He and his officials hardened their hearts. So Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not let the Israelites go, just as the LORD had said through Moses.
Things have gotten progressively worse for the Egyptians, yet their leader still seems so adamant to let them go. As the plagues rain down, the Pharaoh's lies increase.
As we saw in the life of Joseph, Israel and many other Bible greats in Genesis, the Lord does come through but not before He establishes Himself clearly and this seems to be a recurring theme so far.
Moses was given specific instructions and he followed them to the tee. The result was that God's judgment rang clear and the Egyptians were becoming more aware of the power of the true living God, something that their idols could never match or compare to.
The plagues started off as visible miracles causing little harm and the magicians were able to match them but they got progressively worse and the latest plagues were starting to affect the Egyptians personally.
Clearly God was showing that only He had the ability to judge, had total control over the elements of nature because He created it Himself and sought His own glory by bringing an awareness of His majesty to the Egyptians.
Pharaoh shows us clearly the response of humanity to God's working in our lives and his hardened heart is representative of the hearts of everyone who is not of God.
Even today we face great challenges around the world and it takes a lot for man to see the reality of God and what He is speaking to us. We live in a period of God's grace but soon that will cease to exist when He comes down to actually judge the living and the dead and then it will be too late.
If you are not saved by God's grace, I plead with you to open your eyes to the reality of your maker who loves you enough to spare you total condemnation if you will only call on His son Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savoir.
If you are saved, I pray that you will stop complaining about your circumstances and the storms in your lives and start praising God for He is in total control and seeks our total commitment and obedience.
Obedience is key to our faith walk and trusting God fully is the evidence of our confidence in Him. I pray today that you and I are able to fully trust God, just as Moses and Aaron did, and obey His every word for His glory.
In His Loving Service,
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
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