The 2nd plague of frogs covered the land and Pharaoh ask Moses to remove the frogs and I will let Israel go. Moses asks Pharaoh to tell him when to remove the frogs and he said tomorrow. The Lord demonstrated His power by removing the frogs on schedule, but Pharaoh hardened his heart and refused to let them go. [1st change of heart] A
Then the 3rd plague of lice or gnats came. Pharaoh’s magicians told him “This is the finger of God”, but Pharaoh’s heart was hardened. B Then the 4th plague of flies came on the day scheduled by Moses. The flies did not occur in Goshen where Israel lived “in order that you may know that I, the Lord, am in the midst of the land.” Pharaoh offered a compromise and Moses refused. Then Pharaoh said go but when the flies departed on the next day Pharaoh again hardened his heart and would not let them go. [2nd change of heart] C
God continued to demonstrate His power to Pharaoh, the Egyptians and Israelites, but Pharaoh’ heart remained hard. The message to Pharaoh should have been clear: the Israelites are God’s chosen people, and He will redeem them from slavery despite Pharaoh’s efforts to stop Him. Take time to glory in the mighty strength of God! He bows to no man!
Paul under inspiration from God said in reference to Israelite events in Numbers; “11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction,… 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.” D
Father help me glory in Your strength. Please give me confidence and trust that Your promises in scripture will be fulfilled on Your timetable despite the roaring of those who reject Jesus.
Henry Luke 9/13/2017
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