Let The Men Go

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 10:1-20 [2]

As Pharaoh has learned who God is yet continued to resist him the plagues upon him and his people have grown increasingly severe. In the plague of hail people died but it wasn’t God’s fault. Yes, he sent the hail, but he also warned them in advance and told them how to escape death. The only people who died were those with evil leaders who knew the truth but refused to keep them safe.

I find the reason God gave Moses for performing signs interesting, because the question of women worshiping God arises during this plague of locust. God wanted the Hebrews to tell their sons and grandsons about the mighty things done in Egypt so they will know who is LORD.

Moses informed Pharaoh the locusts were coming and left. Pharaoh’s servants had enough. “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?”[3] No doubt the support of his servants in allowing the Hebrews to leave was important. They are the ones who would have to carry the mud to make brick if the Hebrews did not return.

Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron to clarify who would be leaving. If everyone left they might not come back. Pharaoh is shocked by Moses answer, “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 feasts to the LORD.”[4]

Pharaoh’s reply tells us a lot about Moses. “Not so! Go now, you who are men, and serve the LORD, for that is what you desired.” Up to this meeting Moses had only asked for the men to leave and serve God in the wilderness. If you read this story thinking Moses believed they would become the nation God promised Abraham, this is easy to miss. Moses had one part in God’s plan that spans generations. God told Moses he would lead the Hebrews to the burning bush and serve God. I doubt Moses knew what would happen after that. Moses knew he was not the one seed the promises were made to and the need for resurrection to obtain those promises.

God wanted Pharaoh, the Egyptians, Moses, the Hebrews and their future generations to know who is LORD. MEN do not decide who serves God in the wilderness. Pharaoh gave the men permission to leave and serve God. If the woman can’t go, no one is going. Locust covered the land devouring everything that survived the hail storm.

This time Pharaoh admited he has sinned against the Lord and against the Hebrews. When the last locust was blown into the Red Sea Pharaoh changed his mind and plunged a nation into darkness.

[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 10:7

[4] Exodus 10:11

About Teena Myers

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