Exodus 8

Exodus 8 has the Lord sending Moses to Pharaoh again with a familiar request.  “Let my people go, that they may serve me”.  And with that request, there was another threat, that God would “plague all your country with frogs”.  Pharaoh has seen Moses and God in action before.  The first time it was turning water to blood.  Impressive, but the magicians had been able to replicate it.  Same this time – as Aaron caused the plague by striking the water – the magicians made frogs appear too.

And Pharaoh had the same response – he said no.  The frogs came and Pharaoh asks Moses to plead with God to take them away.  So Moses does, and “the frogs died out in the houses, the courtyards, and the fields. And they gathered them together in heaps, and the land stank”.  Can you imagine this scene?  Piles and piles of frogs that had died and had to be cleaned up from all over the place. You’d think Pharaoh might be getting the idea,  “But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them”.  So it was time for round three.

This time God’s plague is gnats.  Aaron struck the ground and the land was filled with them, but this time the magicians could not duplicate the miracle.  And “the magicians said to Pharaoh, This is the finger of God”.  The proof of God’s power if moving to a new level.  But Pharaoh doesn’t concede and let them go, so Moses comes with another plague in his bag of tricks, this time swarms of flies.  But again God takes it to a different level and separates the land where His people live from the rest.  “But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people dwell, so that no swarms of flies shall be there, that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth”.  No flies on His people or their land.

Pharaoh is starting to get the picture.  So he offers to let them “Go, sacrifice to your God within the land”.  He wasn’t allowing what Moses insisted on – that they “must go three days’ journey into the wilderness” to be able to worship God freely and obey His commands.  So they discuss it back and forth and Pharaoh’s heart is again hardened and he refuses to let the people go.  Slow learner, this Pharaoh.  He has really bought into the idea that he is in control.  But the fun has only began to teach him who is really in charge.


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