Tomorrow

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 8:20-32[2]

Moses gave Pharaoh the option of choosing when Egypt would be delivered from the plague of frogs. Pharaoh said, “Tomorrow.” Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God.”[3] The truth Moses spoke became evident during the fourth plague.

Moses met Pharaoh at the Nile to make the same request for the fourth time. “Let my people go, so that they may worship me.”[4] If he refused, swarms of flies would fill Egypt except for the land of Goshen, where God’s people lived. Then God used the same timing Pharaoh chose. The plague of flies would begin “tomorrow”.

Pharaoh ignored the warning. The next day swarms of flies invaded Egypt except for the land of Goshen. Pharaoh called for Moses and attempted to negotiate a better deal for himself. The Hebrews could worship God in Egypt. Moses refused knowing the Egyptians would be offended and attack them. Pharaoh agreed to let them leave if they didn’t go very far.

Moses accepted the deal, apparently without consulting God. God could not accept this deal. He had already told Moses he would return to worship on the mountain he encountered the burning bush as a sign God spoke to him.

Moses lectured Pharaoh about his deceit and said he would ask the Lord to remove the flies “tomorrow”. This is why there is no one like the Lord our God. When Pharaoh said tomorrow he delayed deliverance, leaving himself and everyone under his authority in misery one more day. When Moses said tomorrow he delayed deliverance, leaving Pharaoh and everyone under Pharaoh’s authority in misery one more day, while he returned to Goshen where there were no flies to bother him. Both Pharaoh and Moses “tomorrow” prolonged misery one more day. But when God spoke Pharaoh’s evil tomorrow he delayed misery one more day, because there is no one like the Lord our God.

[1] From the time God promised to change Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob and his descendants were addressed as both Jacob and Israel, which can be confusing. In Follow Me: Deliverance, I will use “Hebrews” to identify the children of Jacob.

[2] All Scripture is from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] Exodus 8:10

[4] Exodus 8:20

About Teena Myers

Teena is the Vice Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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