Exodus 10

Exodus 10 has the plagues continuing as Pharaoh hardens his heart toward the Israelites.  God tells Moses to keep up the pressure and assures him that He will “show these signs of mine among them….that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson….that you may know that I am the Lord”.  This isn’t about Pharaoh at all – it is about the children of Israel seeing the power of God at work on their behalf.  Pharaoh plays right into it by refusing to let the people worship God – so this next plague let loose is locusts all across the land.

The locusts “shall cover the face of the land….they shall eat what is left to you after the hail, and they shall eat every tree of yours that grows in the field, and they shall fill your houses”.  God continues turning up the heat.  And now Pharaoh’s servants are starting to ask questions.  “How long shall this man be a snare to us….Do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined”?  They are tired of this stubborn game Pharaoh is playing as it is destroying the entire country.  So Pharaoh makes a gesture – he offers to let the men go worship God.  But that was not good enough.  So the locusts come.

Pharaoh calls for Moses and Aaron and says “Now therefore, forgive my sin, please, only this once, and plead with the Lord your God only to remove this death from me”.  He’s used that line before.  Moses prays and God drives the locusts away, but Pharaoh does not allow the people to go.  So God tells Moses to give him the next plague.  “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt”.  No one went outside for three days.  Pharaoh calls Moses and offers the next step – which was that all the people could go and worship but they had to leave their livestock.  Another less than full offer that is rejected.

Pharaoh has a hardened heart yet again, and calls Moses and Aaron in this time threatening them.  “Get away from me; take care never to see my face again, for on the day you see my face you shall die”.  He’s had enough, and is ready to put this game of cat and mouse to an end by killing the pair if it doesn’t change.  But once again Pharaoh is playing into God’s hand.  And Moses replies “Moses said, “As you say! I will not see your face again”.  This time Pharaoh’s hardened heart is going to push God to a place that will be very costly.

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