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Exodus 11:1-10 One More Time

God gave Israel favor in the eyes of the Egyptians, providing them the with materials He would use later.

God is preparing Moses for the final plague. The end is in sight but there are a few things to get in order before it happens.

God is a little vague when He first starts talking to Moses about what is coming next. He starts with getting the Hebrews ready for the journey before it happens. Then God sends Moses to share what is actually coming. The next part of our reading has me a little stumped over one issue. We are not told specifically if Moses appears before Pharaoh. We are told that Moses “went out from Pharaoh in hot anger” (verse 8b), but was this a symbolic leave taking or a physical one. Pharaoh had threatened to kill Moses if he had even seen him. Did Pharaoh put aside that threat for the sake of knowledge?

For the sake of our story I’m going to have Moses stand before Pharaoh to announce this plague. We know for certain that Pharaoh isn’t given an opportunity to avoid this plague though. No ultimatums, just straight facts of what will take place so that when it does Pharaoh can point DIRECTLY at the source and solution. This is one “plague” that Pharaoh can’t wait out or go back to business as usual after it passes. This plague alters Pharaoh’s and all of Egypt’s lives from then on. Read more »

Exodus 10:21-29 PITCH BLACK

NOTHING could penetrate the darkness and the people stayed where they were for the duration.

It is time for God to send His 9th plague. This is the plague of darkness. A darkness so profound that it was felt as well as seen.

Fear of the dark is one of the most basic fears we have. EVERY child has experienced this fear. Most grow out of it but some carry that fear into adulthood. The best thing about being afraid of the dark is that when the light is turned on the fear leaves. The darkness that Egypt experiences during this plague can’t be driven away by light. NO light will penetrate it. No candle. No lamp. No sunrise. NOTHING can pierce this darkness.

This plague of darkness was another one that was not announced to Pharaoh and he was not given a “chance” to prevent it by obeying the word of the Lord. Moses and God knew what was going to happen and Moses only knew when God told him to act. There wasn’t time for the Egyptians to prepare for this “power outage.” They literally had to stop in their tracks and wait it out. Read more »

Exodus 10:1-20 Beating Wings

Egypt faces the end of their crops. This would mean more than damage to Egypt’s pocketbook. This would affect their bread basket too.

The eighth plague is ready for Pharaoh and Egypt; locust. SO MANY that you can’t even see the ground. Beating wings of death to every green thing in all the land.

If I was in Moses’ shoes and the Lord told me that HE had “hardened the heart” of the person I was going up against I probably would have been discouraged. Moses knew he was fighting an uphill battle from the beginning. He had been part of Pharaoh’s home until he was 40 years old. He knew the importance of the Hebrew slaves to the Egyptian economy. He also knew the overall attitude of superiority of the Egyptians. He was going up against all this with a command he knew they were dead set against following. Read more »

Exodus 9:13-35 Hail NO

This was no ordinary hail storm. It was death to anyone left in the fields. Those who DIDN’T listen.

We come to the seventh plague on Egypt. That of hail. Killing hail! But God also told them how to protect themselves during it. IF they listened.

This plague carried a difference for the Egyptians who had “learned their lesson” by now. Those who feared God and trusted the word of Moses would be spared. They were spared by doing EXACTLY as Moses told them to; get under cover. Their crops weren’t spared but their lives and that of their animals were, IF they listened and obeyed.

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The evening meal is over and Moses is again under his favorite tree. He is spending some quiet time with the Lord. The days were hard again since the plague of boils had passed. Moses needs this time in the evening to give him strength to go on with the Lord’s work and his physical labors. It is amazing how much physical strength he receives in his quiet time with the Lord. He wouldn’t trade it for anything! Read more »

Exodus 9:8-12 Misery on Me

All the Egyptians and even the animals they “recruited” to replace those lost suffered from this plague.

First I want to say thank you for bearing with me while I stepped away this weekend. I had grandkids and their parents over for our annual Camp NaPa. We had a BLAST! But I’m VERY glad it only lasts two days! Back on track now.

Today we read about the sixth plague God “graced” Egypt with; BOILS. If you have ever had a boil you will minimally understand what they were facing. They were covered head to foot and had NO relief! Remind anyone of the suffering of Job? Two different instances, two different reasons, and two different outcomes.

A few things struck me in reading about this plague. The first is that with this plague Pharaoh wasn’t presented with an ultimatum. He wasn’t given a chance to let the people of Israel go. Second, he wasn’t given warning of what was to come. Moses simply made a demonstration in his presence and then God worked the rest out. Third, this is also the first time it is said that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. I’m wondering if it was because this Read more »