Exodus 10:1 “…I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine…”
Another mention of why God is doing this the way He’s doing it. To show His power and sovereignty.
2 “…that you may know that I am the LORD”
Also for the Israelites. God may not tell us why He’s doing some things sometimes, but when He does, He’s trying to help us trust Him more. Recently read John 14:29. Jesus tells His disciples He’s telling them what is coming so when it happens, they’ll believe Him. If we will read His word and pray and work on our relationship with Him, I think He would tell us more about what He is going to do which would help our faith when we see it happen. But we don’t stay in the relationship as we should so we miss out. Frankly, I’m tired of missing out.
4 “…I will bring locusts into your territory”
The eighth plague, swarms of locusts. They’ll eat/destroy every plant they can find. Can wipe out whole crops.
5 “…cover the face of the earth, so that no one will be able to see the earth…”
That is a lot of locusts. So thick you can’t see the ground.
7 “…How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God. Do you not yet know that Egypt is destroyed”
Some of Pharaoh’s servants are starting to wake up. Probably tired of dealing with all the calamity. I’m sure they are seeing it more among their families than Pharaoh.
8 “…Go, serve the LORD your God…”
So, he appears to have listened, but not enough.
11 “Not so!…”
He decided to give in to some concessions, thought it would be just a few men, the leaders of the people who would go out. When he learns otherwise, he lets Moses know it would basically be a cold day in Hell before he let everyone go along with their flocks and herds. He’s still trying to hold on to some bit of control over the situation. God is teaching him he has no control whatsoever.
12 “…all that the hail has left”
So, some of the crops were left after the hail storms. But that will be consumed by the locusts. The Egyptians could feel some relief when they saw the remains, but now that will be taken away.
13 “…an east wind on the land all that day and all that night…”
We sometimes read what happens in the scripture as though it were immediate. Sometimes is it, but other times we overlook what it actually says. And we forget that sometimes God takes His time to do what He wants. I find more and more that even in the God-sized events, the things that are certainly only things God could do, He still chooses to do them with humanity in mind. Perhaps that is to stay within our understanding. All is for us, from the beginning of creation until now. He’s done it all for us. We have to understand it all in that light.
15 “…they ate every herb of the land and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left…”
Locusts got it all. Now nothing was left. Perhaps some food which had been stored, but they could have made it into those areas as well.
17 “…forgive my sin only this once…”
How sad. Just give me enough to take care of this problem right now. No real repentance, just regret at what he’s experiencing. Just get my butt out of the crack and I’ll be fine. He needed repentance, not rescue. But I can’t say we’re any different today. And soon the Israelites will show they really aren’t any different either.
21 “…darkness which may even be felt”
Ninth plague, darkness over Egypt that could be felt. Now that is darkness. Wondered about the issue of it being felt. Commentaries suggested it could have been caused by dust or fog/clouds which could have been felt as well as seen. While these were natural occurrences, this one was worse than the others to the point it bothered Pharaoh. Some also thought it was more a figure of speech, that the darkness was so intense and for such duration, it appeared as though it could be felt. Hard to tell, but I feel like God had something particular in mind when He phrased it that way. It was also a direct attack on Ra, the Egyptian sun god.
24 “…only let your flocks and your herds be kept back…”
A bit more concession, but not enough. Still grasping for his little bit.
29 “…I will never see your face again”
He pitched a fit when he couldn’t get his little touch of control accepted. Directly threatened Moses with death if he showed up again. And Moses agreed. Commentary had to remind me of this. The conversation between he and Pharaoh didn’t end until chapter 11 verse 8. God tells him what is coming and he passes on the information. He knows he won’t see Pharaoh again, and he knows the worst plague is coming.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
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