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followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 9:13-35 [2]

Moses stood before Pharaoh for the sixth time with God’s request to “Let my people go, so that they may worship me.”[3] Millions of Egyptians suffered because their leaders resisted a simple request for religious freedom. When the negotiations began, Pharaoh denied the request because he did not know the Lord and had no reason to obey him. At this point, Pharaoh knows the Lord and his power. God has revealed himself to Pharaoh with more irrefutable evidence than most people are given.

Pharaoh knows there is no one like Moses God. He also knows there is no one like Moses God in Egypt. The knowledge of God has not moved Pharaoh’s heart. God continued Pharaoh’s education by sending a plague of hail to teach Pharaoh that there is no one like the God of the Hebrews in all the earth.

In the last two plagues God killed animals and then sent another plague of boils as evidence he could have killed people, but he didn’t. If Pharaoh did not understand the object lesson of the last two plagues, God explained it in no uncertain terms when he made the sixth request to let his people leave Egypt to worship him.

“For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth,” said God to the hard hearted Pharaoh who thought he was a God too. God did not destroy Pharaoh because he raised him up so everyone could know God’s power, but not his power to destroy. He wanted Moses generation and all future generations to know his patience with sinful humanity.

God did not have to ask Pharaoh’s permission to let the Hebrews worship him. He could have easily destroyed anyone standing in their way, but God is not willing that any should perish but that all would come to the knowledge of the truth. Pharaoh has come to the knowledge of the truth, yet he continues to resist God. Resisting God when you know the truth brings death.

This is how we know there is no one like God in all the earth. God is angry with Pharaoh but not because he is resisting God. God is angry because Pharaoh is resisting the Hebrews desire to obey him. God responded by sending a hail storm that would kill Egyptians and their animals that survived the plague on Egypt’s livestock.

This is also how we know there is no one like God in all the earth. He warned his enemies to take shelter because anyone caught in the hailstorm would die. God was concerned about the Egyptians and their animals. The Egyptians who feared the word of God lost nothing. They took shelter. The Egyptians who did not fear God lost everything. They had no one to blame for the loss but themselves. They knew the truth.

The storm struck everywhere except the land of Goshen where God’s people lived. This time Pharaoh did more than learn the truth. He summoned Moses and Aaron and spoke the truth, “I have sinned,” he said to them. “The Lord is right, and I and my people are in the wrong.”[4]

Pharaoh had learned the truth and admitted it. Moses had also learned God spoke the truth at the burning bush when he told Moses that Pharaoh would not let them go. In response to Pharaoh’s repentance, Moses said, “I know that you and your officials still do not fear the Lord God.”[5]

Knowing Pharaoh would never change, Moses still spread his hands toward heaven and prayed God would still the storm in Pharaoh’s life. Moses was right. When the storm ceased, everything went back to the status quo. After acknowledging the Lord was right and he was wrong, Pharaoh still denied the Hebrews religious freedom.

[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 9:13

[4] Exodus 9:27

[5] Exodus 9:30

About Teena Myers

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