Reading through the Bible together
The plagues keep coming. The locusts eat everything else up that was not destroyed by the hail and fire. Perhaps the Egyptian people were fed up with Pharaoh’s resistance to the Lord’s commands. Perhaps Pharaoh was about to lose the loyalty of his people. He caves in again and declares he has sinned against the Lord. The locusts are removed and he refuses once again to let Israel go.
The dense darkness was suffocating. It was a darkness that could be felt. Pharaoh had had enough. He was through with the games between his gods and the God of the Hebrews. He told Moses and Aaron to “get out.” Don’t even look on my face again or you both are dead men! As if He could get rid of the whole thing by declaring it a “non-problem.”
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble 1 Peter 5:5. Until Pharaoh stared into the face of his dead son, it would not dawn on him what he had done.
When men resist God’s message of warning and mercy, they heap trouble upon themselves. Every additional evidence of the power of God makes them resist even more. Even during the Seven Last Plagues, they blaspheme the name of God, and refuse to give him glory. What a sad ending for the Egyptians, and those defiant of God in the Last Days! May our souls make their boast in the LORD, and may the humble hear thereof and be glad (Psalm 34:2).
Kenneth Mathews, Jr.
Member of Archeology Board
Southern Adventist University