5th plague. All the livestock in the field including horses, donkeys, camels, herds and flocks died except those of the Israelites. If it were possible the intensity of the plagues increased, because the livestock were for food and labor. Those that feared the Lord moved there livestock to safety. Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened. A
6th plague. Boils broke out on man and beast. Again Israel was protected. The Lord sent Moses to say to Pharaoh 13…“Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 14 For this time I will send all My plagues on you and your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is no one like Me in all the earth. 16 …I have allowed you to remain, in order to show you My power and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth “ B
The Lord said the reason that His plagues had been measured was so that all the people and Pharaoh would not be killed and Pharaoh would recognize God’s power and proclaim His name throughout the earth. God had previously told Moses “The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord,” After 6 plagues Pharaoh was still not willing to recognize “The God of the Hebrews”.
7th plague. God said on the next day a heavy hail would kill any thing and person who did not seek safety. Those who feared the Lord sought safety for their people and animals. There was no hail in the land of Israel. Pharaoh said “… there has been enough of God’s thunder and hail; and I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer.” However, after the hail stopped, Pharaoh sinned again, hardened his heart and he did not let Israel go. [3rd change of heart] C
I wander how many times we make a promise to God but when conditions improve forget our promise like Pharaoh. Recently my son reminded me that when he was in middle school at year-end I would go over the prayers and God’s answers from my prayer log and he said “I would always say this year was the hardest yet”. Those were hard years in the 70’s, but they were minor league and preparation to learn to trust God for the big league troubles in 1986-2010.
Recognize that in troubles God wants His disciples to learn they can trust Him no matter the circumstances-good or bad? “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”
Henry Luke 9/14/2017
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