Darkness

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 10:21-29 [2]

Pharaoh has acknowledged twice that he has sinned. The first time he admitted sinning against God. The second time he admitted sinning against God and God’s people. Initially Pharaoh hardened his heart. At this point, he has crossed a line of no return and God has denied him repentance by hardening Pharaohs heart. God is not mocked.[3] He knows how to reserve the unjust to the judgment he deserves.[4]

There is no indication God sent Moses to warn Pharaoh that darkness would cover Egypt for three days. While the Egyptians stumbled in darkness, the Hebrews had light. Pharaoh knew where the darkness came from. He summoned Moses, but there is no mention of Aaron. Moses has changed. He no longer stands in the background while Aaron speaks for God. Moses now leads the negotiations with Pharaoh.

Pharaoh relented where the women were concerned. They could go with the men to serve the Lord, but they could not bring their animals. He immediately added but even your children can go. God has loosened Pharaohs grip on the Hebrews one finger at a time. Control is hard to relinquish.

Pharaoh’s offer is unacceptable.”[N]ot a hoof is to be left behind. We have to use some of them in worshiping the Lord our God, and until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the Lord.”[5] Moses’ knowledge is partial. He knows he is bringing the Hebrews to the mountain where he saw the burning bush, but he does not know what will happen when they arrive. This is another reason I believe the dispute between Moses and Pharaoh was about religious freedom instead of a request to permanently leave and start a new nation.

Pharaoh is incensed. His arrogance prevents him from completely removing the hand of control over their lives. Pharaoh never wanted to see Moses again and threatened him with death if he dared return with any more request. But Pharaoh was never dealing with a man. He was dealing with God. It is God Pharaoh never wants to see again. But the only one who will die is Pharaoh and those who support him.

[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] Galatians 6:7

[4] 2 Peter 2:9

[5] Exodus 10:26

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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