Follow Me: Deliverance
Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible
Exodus 9:1-12 
Beginning with the fourth plague God drew a line separating Pharaoh’s people from his people, which contradicts the belief that we are all God’s children. We are all God’s possession because he created us, but he does not consider all of us his children.
The plague of flies softened Pharaoh’s heart momentarily. He agreed to let them worship God of their God if they didn’t go very far. When God removed the flies, Pharaoh changed his mind.
The next day, Moses returned with a warning. If Pharaoh did not let them go, the Egyptian’s livestock would die. Again God would make a difference between Pharaoh’s people and his people. No animal belonging to the Hebrews would die.
God waited until tomorrow giving Pharaoh time to repent. He didn’t, so God kept his word. The livestock of Egypt died. This time Pharaoh investigated to verify if God had spoken the truth. He learned that not even one of the animals belonging to the Hebrews had died. He did not care. The Hebrews were not leaving.
Did Pharaoh think God could kill animals with such precision only animals belonging to Egypt would die but God could not touch him? God sent Moses back to toss soot in the air in Pharaoh’s presence. The soot became a fine dust causing festering boils on the Egyptians. With this plague Pharaoh’s religious leaders, now covered in boils, knew they had met their match and abandoned Pharaoh.
Up to now Pharaoh hardened his heart, but this time God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. “The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.” The next three plagues will bring death to the Egyptians because the leader of Egypt knows the truth. The truth has been confirmed and verified. Yet he refused to grant religious freedom.
 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.
 All Scripture is from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.
 2 Peter 2:9