Reading through the Bible together
Onward to more of God’s demonstration that Egypt’s gods were impotent. The cattle, horses, asses, camels and oxen began dying in great numbers. The Hebrews must have been in a panic, since they had been involved in the plague of blood in the water, frogs in the kitchen and lice on their bodies. Israel was exempt from the last seven plagues that came upon Egypt. No more plagues for the Children of Israel (type). In antitype, none of the seven last plagues will fall upon the end-time people of God. “No evil shall befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Psalm 91:10.”
Pharaoh kept hoping the Israelites were suffering with the Egyptians. Guess what? Pharaoh sent officers, who found that not one single cow of the Israelites died in the plague. Pharaoh was becoming stubborn to the point of seeing the entire land of Egypt destroyed. But he didn’t care!
The pain from the loss of animals and the suffering of the Egyptians was beginning to tell on Pharaoh. He even voiced the notion to Moses that he had sinned and that the people were wicked for keeping the Israelites in Egypt. Nevertheless, when the hail and lightning cleared up, he refused to let Israel go. He had a good thing going; all these cities being built, all this servitude for his Egyptian people. He would not let them go!
Kenneth Mathews, Jr.
Member of Archeology Board
Southern Adventist University