EIGHT AND NINE PLAGUES (LOCUSTS AND DARKNESS)
Now the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son’s son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord.” So Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me. Or else, if you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory. And they shall cover the face of the earth, so that no one will be able to see the earth; and they shall eat the residue of what is left, which remains to you from the hail, and they shall eat every tree which grows up for you out of the field. They shall fill your houses, the houses of all your servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians—which neither your fathers nor your fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were on the earth to this day.’ ” And he turned and went out from Pharaoh. Then Pharaoh’s servants said to him, “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?” So Moses and Aaron were brought again to Pharaoh, and he said to them, “Go, serve the Lord your God. Who are the ones that are going?” And Moses said, “We will go with our young and our old; with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we will go, for we must hold a feast to the Lord.” (Exodus 10:1-9).
The Lord did according to His Word. Then Pharaoh could not bear this and called them to release them if they could entreat the LORD to take away the locusts. The LORD hearkened unto Moses and removed all the locusts with the west wind. But Pharaoh did not keep to his promise.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.” So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. Then Pharaoh called to Moses and said, “Go, serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be kept back. Let your little ones also go with you.” But Moses said, “You must also give us sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. Our livestock also shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind. For we must take some of them to serve the Lord our God, and even we do not know with what we must serve the Lord until we arrive there.” But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go. Then Pharaoh said to him, “Get away from me! Take heed to yourself and see my face no more! For in the day you see my face you shall die!” So Moses said, “You have spoken well. I will never see your face again.” (Exodus 10:22-29).
What a prophetic utterance from Pharaoh!. It was surely the second to the last plague that God planned to release on the Egyptians. The tenth plague was catastrophic. It was the one that involved the death of all first born in Egypt both animals and human beings. Pharaoh pronounced death on Moses not knowing that he was decreeing it upon himself. We can only imagine the horror of these plagues on the people of Egypt. The people of the world at that time surely heard all that happened in Egypt. Egypt was known all over the world, people traveled to this land to buy food during 7 years of famine. If there were any foreigners that sojourned among them at that time, they would have gone back to their own land during the beginning of these plagues. Therefore many people later on in the scriptures made reference to this situation in Egypt and they recognized that there is God in heaven that fought for the children of Israel in order to release them from bondage. This was the intention of God to make people know that He is the God of the whole earth, and there is nothing impossible for Him to do. God will fight your battle for you too if you are on the LORD’s side. He is a MIGHTY WARRIOR.
We that have the opportunity to read the account of the magnificent power of God being displayed toward the Egyptians should stand in AWE of this God. The God that can make a difference between the people that serve Him and those that do not should be feared. If someone falls in the hand of a wicked person, one can run to God for deliverance but who can deliver from God’s hand? Egyptians were made a spectacle for the whole world to know that God would judge every act of wickedness. These examples should teach us that God has a two-edged sword. He is a great God and a loving God. His mercies endure from generation to generation among those that fear Him. If we are doing evil things and we are still enjoying all that He created (general blessings), we should know that grace of God is what was manifesting, being a long-suffering God. He does not want anyone to perish but to come to repentance. As we still have our breath, let us endeavor to Fear God by running away from any form of sin. Let us live as children of God that we are supposed to be so that His glory can manifest in our lives. Remain Blessed!!!