Archive for August 8th, 2011

Exodus 10

Exodus 10 has the ongoing attempt to get Pharaoh to let the Israelites go.  Pharaoh’s heart is still hardened and God gives us a little move view of why this is all happening.  Check out what scripture tells us:

–      “I may show these signs of mine among them

–      that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson
how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians

–      that you may know that I am the Lord

It is easy to think that this is all about the Egyptians when in fact much of God’s purpose here is to deal with the Israelites and making sure they have a testimony to build their legacy with the Lord.  Moses and Aaron are creating as story to tell to their sons and grandsons of God’s faithfulness and amazing power.

They go in and tell Pharaoh to once again “Let my people go, that they may serve me”.  The message doesn’t change.  Moses and Aaron keep asking for the same thing – the freedom to go and worship God.  But again they are rebuffed and it really comes down to Pharaoh’s attitude – how we continues to “refuse to humble yourself” before God.  So the eight plague comes – “locusts….cover the face of the land”.  Inside and out “the land was darkened….they ate all the plants….all the fruit….not a green thing remained”.  Total destruction comes to the land finishing up all that was left after the hail of the previous plague.  Pharaoh does get closer to setting them free, but not completely.  He offers to let the men go.

But Moses stands his ground.  “We will go with our young and our old. We will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds, for we must hold a feast to the Lord”.  Wouldn’t you be tempted to settle here?  Moses wants the whole enchilada but maybe just take what Pharaoh offers as a starter and get more in the future.  After all, this is a move toward some progress.  But that isn’t the plan and Moses raised his staff and turned the locusts loose.  Pharaoh “hastily called Moses and Aaron” and asked them to pray for his sin.  Remember this is the eight time this has happened.  So what does Moses do?  He prays.  “He went out from Pharaoh and pleaded with the Lord….not a single locust was left”.  Isn’t this becoming obvious that Moses and God have a real connection?

But Pharaoh doesn’t get it.  So plague number nine is set in motion a there is “darkness over the land….did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days”.  We’re talking pitch black – no light – except where the Israelites were.  They had light where they lived.  Pharaoh calls Moses this time and gets closer to what is asked – he says they can leave except for their flocks.  Moses gives the thumbs down and gets this response: “Get away from me; take care never to see my face again, for on the day you see my face you shall die”.  Showdown time in Egypt.  Pharaoh has now drawn a line in the sand.  And Moses calls his bluff and gives him this response: “As you say! I will not see your face again”.  We’re coming down to the wire as God loses his patience in waiting for Pharaoh to give in.  Moses knows he is on the right team.  God will not be mocked!

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