Archive for August 5th, 2011

Exodus 8

Exodus 8 has the second, third and fourth plagues.  Moses keeps delivering the message “Let my people go, that they may serve me”.  And Pharaoh continues to have a hardened heart and refuses.  The second plague has to do with “frogs….that shall come up into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed….and into your ovens and your kneading bowls”.  Frogs everywhere.  The magicians were able to create the same stuff just like the blood in the water.  But “Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, Plead with the Lord to take away the frogs”.  This was getting into his personal space.  He didn’t like it.

Moses says ‘tomorrow’.  No immediate response – let’s make him wait a bit.  “Moses cried to the Lord about the frogs” and God caused them all to die.  They didn’t just vanish – they died everywhere and were then gathered and piled but stank.  But as soon as Pharaoh saw that things had been resolved and the frogs were dead, he forgot all about there being any God.  “When Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart”.  Take away the pain and the memory fades.

So God brings on plague number three – gnats.  This time was different.  “The magicians tried by their secret arts to produce gnats, but they could not….the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God”.  Of course this still does not faze Pharaoh.  He has no intention of letting the people go.  So God decides to ratchet it up a notch with the fourth plague which was “swarms of flies”.  These were everywhere.  In houses and on the land to the point that “the land was ruined by the swarms of flies”.  Pharaoh calls for Moses and Aaron and wants them to get rid of the flies.  He offers to let them go worship God – but of course – doesn’t keep his word.  “Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also, and did not let the people go” in spite of what he told Moses.  He has a very short memory.

It would be easy to question God here or Moses for that matter.  Why all these chances?  Pharaoh is obviously not listening and figuring things out.  So why keep trying?  God can just ahnilate the Egyptians and give His people what they have been promised.  It all comes down to love.  God loves people.  He wants all to come to know Him.  So He patiently pursues us.  He is pursuing Pharaoh and the Egyptians.  Free will makes it impossible to predict what or when things will change – but one thing doesn’t change – God’s love for people!

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