-Three more plagues are described in chapter nine with no more effect on Pharaoh in the end than the first ones. Moses and Aaron maintained that he should “Let My people go, that they may serve Me…” from the LORD, but the response remained bitter and anti-God in the final analysis. The distinction was made every time between Israel and Egypt that the world would know that there was a powerful God who was ultimately in control and wanted His rightful place to be worshiped. There is no One like Him in all the earth (Exodus 9:14). *Application* We must understand God’s redemptive purpose in all that happened during the Egyptian plagues. God wanted mankind to know and obey His ways. The stubbornness of man is the great theme we must keep in mind as we read these acts of the LORD. He would have relented at any point if the hearts of the Egyptians would have come into conformity with His will. Our arrogance towards God will never allow us to succeed ultimately. The quicker we give up ourselves to His perfect will, the quicker we will experience true and good life to the full (John 10:10). Submit to His authority and He will raise you up in His power for His glory. This is always His purpose and plan. He has plans for you to prosper you (Jeremiah 29:11).
-The first plague was the death of all the livestock in Egypt. The second was boils that made the magicians crazy. The third was a fierce and violent hail, thunder, and lightening storm that destroyed much in the land. There was a gracious warning to take cover in this storm.
-Pharaoh admitted sin with this plague and claimed the LORD as the righteous One and that his people were wicked. He asked again for supplication, which Moses did, and he promised he would let them go and not have to stay any longer. All these acts of God were done so that they would know that the earth is the LORD’s. This is Moses’ plea, but he knew that Pharaoh did not yet fear the LORD God. When the LORD relented, Pharaoh again hardened his heart and he did not let them go, just as the LORD had spoken through Moses (Exodus 9:35).
Verse to Memorize: Exodus 9:1, 14