By Richard Lodwick
Exodus 10:1-20 (KJB) And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: 2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD. 3 And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me. 4 Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast: 5 And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field: 6 And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day. And he turned himself, and went out from Pharaoh. 7 And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed? 8 And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh: and he said unto them, Go, serve the LORD your God: but who are they that shall go? 9 And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the LORD. 10 And he said unto them, Let the LORD be so with you, as I will let you go, and your little ones: look to it; for evil is before you. 11 Not so: go now ye that are men, and serve the LORD; for that ye did desire. And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence. 12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left. 13 And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. 14 And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. 15 For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt. 16 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. 17 Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and intreat the LORD your God, that he may take away from me this death only. 18 And he went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the LORD. 19 And the LORD turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt. 20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.
In this lesson, I do not want to spend all the time on the false gods, but more on the devastation and totality of this plague. I want you to see the anger of God and how He will demonstrate it when a man, or a king, or a president, or anyone refuses to obey. The fact that God has not yet destroyed America is a testament to His grace and longsuffering! First I want to look at what is written in scripture on this one.
In verse 2 we have now the open statement that God wants all of this to affect His people in the future. God is both destroying the gods of Egypt AND setting Himself high in the eyes of His people! IN this process is something the Bible calls “the fear of the Lord.” If God does this to His enemies, let us not ever desire to be one! To this I want you to read Deut. 6:1-15.
Notice now the warning in V4-6 of what, when, and how severe. Not one time have I read of any of the false gods of either Egypt or the other pagan cultures doing anything near this. Not even close. What is it going to take to turn the heart of Pharaoh? O, the DEEP pride an ego of potentates and presidents! Are you seeing it? But look now at V7. What a statement. At that time, to “face” a king was certain death! But do you see the effects on all BUT Pharaoh? They risked death because the plagues of God broke them down.
Now, do not overlook the word “destroyed.” It is a powerful statement of what had happened and how it affected the people. NONE of these were little things. We often tend to think of them as being isolated or perhaps just in the royal city. They were not! They were nationwide! How is it, at this point, that Pharaoh did not realize that he, a god son, the one who SHOULD have been able, above ALL OTHERS, to stop or reverse these plagues… couldn’t! But in this verse also, there is a suggested compromise. Compromise with God never works. See that word “men?” Look at it again. “Let the MENCompromise Moses, God of the Hebrews, I’m Pharaoh!
Now V8-11. Pharaoh is STILL conniving and scheming to retain his power and position in the eyes of the people and his servants. Notice in V11 that Pharaoh lies and tries to get Moses to forget the original demand by God. Moses never said that! “for that ye did desire.” NO, God said ALL my people! O, the pride. Are you seeing it?
Finally, V11 says they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence. I’ll be they were. It’s getting to him, but not near enough!