The Plague on Livestock
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.” 2 If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them back, 3 the hand of the Lord will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field—on your horses, donkeys and camels and on your cattle, sheep and goats. 4 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.’”
5 The Lord set a time and said, “Tomorrow the Lord will do this in the land.”6 And the next day the Lord did it: All the livestock of the Egyptians died,but not one animal belonging to the Israelites died. 7 Pharaoh investigated and found that not even one of the animals of the Israelites had died. Yet his heart was unyielding and he would not let the people go.
The Plague of Boils
8 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. 9 It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on people and animals throughout the land.”
10 So they took soot from a furnace and stood before Pharaoh. Moses tossed it into the air, and festering boils broke out on people and animals.11 The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils that were on them and on all the Egyptians. 12 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said to Moses.
The Plague of Hail
13 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, confront 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, 14 or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth.15 For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth. 16 But I have raised you up[a] for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. 17 You still set yourself against my people and will not let them go. 18 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. 19 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 person and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.’”
20 Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the Lord hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside. 21 But those who ignored the word of the Lord left their slaves and livestock in the field.
22 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that hail will fall all over Egypt—on people and animals and on everything growing in the fields of Egypt.” 23 When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, the Lord sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt; 24 hail fell and lightning flashed back and forth. It was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation. 25 Throughout Egypt hail struck everything in the fields—both people and animals; it beat down everything growing in the fields and stripped every tree. 26 The only place it did not hail was the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were.
27 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. “This time I have sinned,” he said to them. “The Lord is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong.28 Pray to the Lord, for we have had enough thunder and hail. I will let you go; you don’t have to stay any longer.”
29 Moses replied, “When I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands in prayer to the Lord. The thunder will stop and there will be no more hail, so you may know that the earth is the Lord’s. 30 But I know that you and your officials still do not fear the Lord God.”
31 (The flax and barley were destroyed, since the barley had headed and the flax was in bloom. 32 The wheat and spelt, however, were not destroyed, because they ripen later.)
33 Then Moses left Pharaoh and went out of the city. He spread out his hands toward the Lord; the thunder and hail stopped, and the rain no longer poured down on the land. 34 When Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he sinned again: He and his officials hardened their hearts. 35 So Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not let the Israelites go, just as the Lord had said through Moses.
So far we’ve seen four plagues. We have to remember that there’s not just a lesson in this for the Egyptians but the Israelites as well. Remember they’re still in bondage and slavery and every time something happens it’s affecting them where they are mistreated even more by the Egyptian’s. Life is hard for them as well, so I’m sure they’re not happy campers either. Yet God is proving at this point that they are set aside. They look around in wonder at what is going on and how God‘s protection is over them. They are his people and He alone is protecting them from the disease on the farm animals, the boils and finally the hail in this chapter. This action not only showing them that he loves and cares for them but that they are his chosen people. Their faith and wisdom Is being strengthened each time a plague comes to attack the very things things the Egyptians idolize. God proving he is who he says he is. He is the great ‘I am’. The God who gives and the one who takes away. The one who can destroy and the one who can protect.
God making a distinction between these two groups. Time and time again we see Pharaohs Pride keeping him from a softened heart. Even at the end of this chapter in verse 30 Moses realizes and even tells Pharaoh, “But I know that you and your officials still do not fear the Lord God.””
Exodus 9:30 NIV
Moses realizes now that God is still hardening Pharaohs heart and teaching lessons that must be taught. We know this because God is still telling him, ‘I will harden his heart.’ It makes no sense that Pharaoh would keep allowing his pride to interfere with God’s plans. His selfishness and pride continuing to bring ruin upon Egypt. You would’ve thought the Egyptians would’ve risen up against him by now, but they are so affected by these plagues they are dropping like flies 😉.
Pharaoh is definitely a control freak. He’s digging himself a hole and it’s getting deeper and deeper. We do that right when we allow our pride to control our actions and our feelings. Doug said this morning, “God will let us fall so deeply that the only thing we can do is look up to him when we get to the end of ourselves realizing we need a savior.”
Pastor Jose said, “God hardens those who harden themselves.” We are our own worst enemy most of the time, getting in the way of ourselves. Even tripping over ourselves. How far do we have to go before we reach out a hand for help, allowing God and others to help us in our stubbornness and pride?
How deep is your hole?
We can’t allow the world to push us deeper into our depression, helplessness, loneliness, godless, sinful state ultimately allowing us to self-destruct. We need to reach out that hand and allow God to slowly pull you out of it instead of letting the world slap you further into it. Don’t let the world push you further away from God. Humble yourself and put the pride aside as you reach out your hand.
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