Read Exodus 8 - 10
In Today's Reading:
Plagues of frogs, lice, flies, death of cattle, boils, hail, locusts, and darkness
While God was in the process of delivering the Israelites, the Egyptians suffered through each of the ten plagues, but the plagues did not affect the Hebrews. Even Pharaoh's magicians recognized who was in control of the plagues. They said to Pharaoh: This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not to them (Exodus 8:19). Following the hail that destroyed all that was in the field, both man and beast. . . . Pharaoh sent . . . for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, I have sinned . . . the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked (9:25,27).
Pharaoh assured Moses that the Israelites could go free the moment the hail ceased. But, again Pharaoh changed his mind and hardened his heart against the will of God. Without a doubt, Pharaoh's heart was hardened each time he decided to reject the Word of God (7:13-14,22; 8:15,19,32; 9:7). But, the time arrived when the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh (9:12).
Eventually, Pharaoh agreed to Moses' request, saying: Go, serve the LORD your God: but who are they that shall go? And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast to the LORD (10:8-9) - meaning that everyone from the youngest child to the most elderly person must worship the Lord. However, Pharaoh insisted that the Israelite slaves must worship on his terms. His own advisers withstood him, saying: Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God: know you not yet that Egypt is destroyed? (10:7). Disregarding his advisers, Moses and Aaron were driven out (dismissed) from Pharaoh's presence (10:8-11).
The person who is most deceived is the one who believes he can worship the Lord on his own terms. Others who are equally deceived say they will live for Jesus later in life and refuse to give up control of their lives, like Pharaoh. But there comes a day when the time for repentance is past. God alone decides how long He will be insulted.
Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the LORD loves judgment (justice), and forsakes not His saints (Psalm 37:27-28).
As the Light to His people. There was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt . . . but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings (Exodus 10:22-23). Jesus said: I am the Light of the world: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness (John 8:12). The LORD will lighten my darkness (II Samuel 22:29; also Isaiah 42:6-7).
8:15 respite = relief, an interval of delay; 8:22 sever = set apart; 8:23 put a division = make a distinction; 9:3 grievous murrain = severe pestilence or disease; 9:31 in the ear = ripening; bolled = in the bud; 10:7 snare = endanger.
Pray for The International Shortwave Radio Broadcast sponsored by Thursday Morning Prayer · BP Staff: Barbara Jean Jackson · Government Official: Rep. Shelley Berkley (NV) · Country: Indonesia (216 million) five large and 13,662 lesser islands in Southeast Asia · Major languages: Bahasa Indonesian (modified form of Malay) and English · Growing pressure from Muslim leaders to limit advances of Christianity by not renewing many of the missionaries' permits to stay in the country · 44% Muslim; 35% Islamic mixtures; 10% Protestant; 4% animist; 4% Roman Catholic; 2% Hindu; 1% Buddhist · Prayer Suggestion: Pray and thank God for all His blessings (Psalm 68:19).
Optional Reading: Matthew 20
Memory Verse for the Week: Galatians 5:23