Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Exodus 9 "Murrain, Boils, Hail"
The plagues continue in this chapter as Pharaoh refused time after time to let the people go even after he said he would.
Exodus 9:16-17 "And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to show in thee my power; and that my name may be delcared through out all the earth. As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go?"
Pharaoh has a very strong will. There is a three-fold purpose going on. One is to get Pharaoh to let the people go. Two, is to get the people out of Egypt. Three is to let the people know, for sure, that it is the Lord God who delivered them.
V6 "And the Lord did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one."
Murrain: an infectious and fatal disease
Next there was a plague of boils. Moses and Aaron took handfuls of ashes v8 and sprinkled them toward heaven as a token to Pharaoh of what was going to happen. At this point the Magicians were at a loss as to what to do. v11 "...the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils..."
One command rings down through history as it must have rang in the ears of Pharaoh every night as he tried to sleep: "Let my people go."
Hail upon the land was the next demonstration of God's might in the earth. The hail mingled with fire fell on Egypt except the land of Goshen where Israel was. The hail was so strong that it broke down the trees.
v34 "And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants."
Psalm 38:20 "They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is."