Published  Sep. 11, 2019                                                                                 see also

   Truth is my business!                                    Exodus No. #3

The Bible's Exodus Account

We pick up from Exodus #2 to Chapter 9 of the book of Exodus. Pharaoh is oblivious to the power being shown to  him by God thru Moses.

Exodus 9:         Plague 5:  The Plague on livestock     Plague 6:   The Plague of Boils      Plague 7:   The Plague of Hail/Fire

1 Then Jehovah said to Moses, "Go in to Pharaoh and tell him, ‘Thus says Jehovah God of the Hebrews: "Let My people go, that they may serve Me.

2 "For if you refuse to let them go, and still hold them,

3 "behold, the hand of Jehovah will be on your cattle in the field, on the horses, on the donkeys, on the camels, on the oxen, and on the sheepa very severe pestilence.

4 "And Jehovah will make a difference between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt. So nothing shall die of all that belongs to the children of Israel."

5 Then Jehovah appointed a set time, saying, "Tomorrow Jehovah will do this thing in the land."

T1: Another plague but this time, God picks the time, not giving Pharaoh the courtesy anymore. And again, it will not affect Israel in Goshen. Now all these various livestock are vital to life as they serve as food, as wool for clothing, as for trading. Wipe all that out and what do you have? People would not be able to survive very well. A large family might suffer great starvation. Each household is also taxed by Pharaoh. So he loses, too. So does the priesthood. Egypt must have been in a dire situation of life and death in the balance. Yet still Pharaoh defies the supernatural force of God. And surely seeing Israel in fine shape had to be irritating and frustrating to the average Egyptian seeing Pharaoh cause the demise of Egypt. Imagine the resentment building. This will be a key consideration regarding Akhenaten being hated like no other Pharaoh before him or after him, in the history of Egypt. << end

6 So Jehovah did this thing on the next day, and all the livestock of Egypt died; but of the livestock of the children of Israel, not one died.

T1: It should have been obvious that This was a supernatural event. So let me ask, when the Antichrist finally arrives, is he going to plainly perceived for what he is and that he is up to no good? Will the fulfillment of Bible prophecies get through to poeple? There will be a large number that do wake up but they will be a far less percentage than the total population. People can be so blind to the very obvious. << end

7 Then Pharaoh sent, and indeed, not even one of the livestock of the Israelites was dead. But the heart of Pharaoh became hard, and he did not let the people go.

8 So Jehovah said to Moses and Aaron, "Take for yourselves handfuls of ashes from a furnace, and let Moses scatter it toward the heavens in the sight of Pharaoh.

9 "And it will become fine dust in all the land of Egypt, and it will cause boils that break out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt."

10 Then they took ashes from the furnace and stood before Pharaoh, and Moses scattered them toward heaven. And they caused boils that break out in sores on man and beast.

11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were on the magicians and on all the Egyptians.

The magicians do not escape this plague, either. They must be tiring of Pharaoh, no? Can you feel the hatred building? << end

12 But Jehovah hardened the heart of Pharaoh; and he did not heed them, just as Jehovah had spoken to Moses.

T1: Let it be understood that God did not actually harden the heart of Pharaoh. Saying that was to convey that God had the power to soften Pharaoh into a kitten if He had wanted. But God let the heart harden and resist. this provides a great contrast. If one imagines that people are reasonable and open to reason, that it should be easy to come to good terms. But that is not how people are, or can be. They can be totally oblivious to the obvious and God allowed this as an example of the hard hearts of humanity. << end

13 Then Jehovah said to Moses, "Rise early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh, and say to him, ‘Thus says Jehovah God of the Hebrews: "Let My people go, that they may serve Me,

14 "for at this time I will send all My plagues to your very heart, and on your servants and on your people, that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth.

15 "Now if I had stretched out My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, then you would have been cut off from the earth.

16 "But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.

17 "As yet you exalt yourself against My people in that you will not let them go.

18 "Behold, tomorrow about this time I will cause very heavy hail to rain down, such as has not been in Egypt since its founding until now.

19 "Therefore send now and gather your livestock and all that you have in the field, for the hail shall come down on every man and every animal which is found in the field and is not brought home; and they shall die."’"

20 He who feared the word of Jehovah among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his livestock flee to the houses.

21 But he who did not regard the word of Jehovah left his servants and his livestock in the field.

Now how about that! If any in Egypt actually fears God (respected the signs of God and His power) AND listened to God and brought their animals inside, got to escape the plague. Jehovah is now reaching out to Egyptians who can grasp the power God has delivered. I suspect, they lost respect for the own gods as well, but it does not say.<<

22 Then Jehovah said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt—on man, on beast, and on every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt."

23 And Moses stretched out his rod toward heaven; and Jehovah sent thunder and hail, and fire darted to the ground. And Jehovah rained hail on the land of Egypt.

24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, so very heavy that there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.

25 And the hail struck throughout the whole land of Egypt, all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail struck every herb of the field and broke every tree of the field.   >>>I suspect the fire was lightning "mingled with the hail. And lightning strikes kill, too.<<

26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, there was no hail.

27 And Pharaoh sent and called for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "I have sinned this time. Jehovah is righteous, and my people and I are wicked.

28 "Entreat Jehovah, that there may be no more mighty thundering and hail, for it is enough. I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer."

29 So Moses said to him, "As soon as I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands to Jehovah; the thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, that you may know that the earth is Jehovah’s.

30 "But as for you and your servants, I know that you will not yet fear Jehovah God."

31 Now the flax and the barley were struck, for the barley was in the head and the flax was in bud.

32 But the wheat and the spelt were not struck, for they are late crops.

33 So Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh and spread out his hands to Jehovah; then the thunder and the hail ceased, and the rain was not poured on the earth.

34 And when Pharaoh saw that the rain, the hail, and the thunder had ceased, he sinned yet more; and he hardened his heart, he and his servants.

35 So the heart of Pharaoh was hard; neither would he let the children of Israel go, as Jehovah had spoken by Moses.

T1: As God said from the beginning, He knew what Pharaoh was and Pharaoh was to be an example for all haughty arrogant leaders for all time. God showed amazing patience with Pharaoh, but mercy and compassion are not appreciated by some. No matter what you do, they can not be appeased or reasoned with. Leftists and Marxists, Elitists, and subversives, are all like this. Let this be a warning to them. And to all nations and leaders, as well. God proves that He was very merciful. He was never any more of a bully than He had to be. Pharaoh forced God to be a real SOB and God has no problem with that. But there was also another angle to what God was doing. He was leaving trail behind Him, that would leave its mark in the historicalrecord and material evidence right to the end of days, often dubbed as "Armageddon"/Judgment day, the Valley of Decision.

  << end of Chapter 9

Exodus 10:        Plague 8:  Locusts        Plague 9:  Deep Darkness

1 Now Jehovah said to Moses, "Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him,

>T1: in this 1st verse, God is also blaming the servants as well as Pharaoh for their hard heartedness. But I dare say the people were not in favor of it. Yet, I think even in Pharaoh's court, that there had to be some discomfort and concern. But they were used to deferring to Pharaoh. I never have liked hard-headed authoritarianism. Its too inflexible and sure of itself. Pride comes deep before a fall.<< end

2 "and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son’s son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am Jehovah."

3 So Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh and said to him, "Thus says Jehovah God of the Hebrews: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me.

4 ‘Or else, if you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.

5 ‘And they shall cover the face of the earth, so that no one will be able to see the earth; and they shall eat the residue of what is left, which remains to you from the hail, and they shall eat every tree which grows up for you out of the field.

6 "They shall fill your houses, the houses of all your servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians—which neither your fathers nor your fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were on the earth to this day." And he turned and went out from Pharaoh.

T1: Wouldn't you be concerned at this point? I would. But in our world today, this attitude it common and will show itself when the proverbial SHTF! Judgement days! << end

7 Then Pharaoh’s servants said to him, "How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve Jehovah their God. Do you not yet know that Egypt is destroyed?"

8 So Moses and Aaron were brought again to Pharaoh, and he said to them, "Go, serve Jehovah your God. Who are the ones that are going?"

9 And Moses said, "We will go with our young and our old; with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we will go, for we must hold a feast to Jehovah."

10 Then he said to them, "Jehovah had better be with you when I let you and your little ones go! Beware, for evil is ahead of you.

T1: This sounded like a threat to me, so I consulted the Revised Standard version and sure enough, they interpreted it as a threat.

RSV:  10 And he said to them, "The LORD be with you, if ever I let you and your little ones go! Look, you have some evil purpose in mind.

11 "Not so! Go now, you who are men, and serve Jehovah, for that is what you desired." And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence.

Truth1: Look what happened! Pharaoh's servants likely said to him in essence: "You got to be kidding us! Your sending  him away? For what? So that we can all die? This just in! We have been destroyed already. There is nothing left. To us, it would make a lot more sense to let the Hebrews go worship. We are tired of pissing their God off, just in case you care." Pharaoh had likely alienated his whole court, though no one would dare say much.

But it does not end there. Pharaoh tells Moses (and God, ultimately) "Only the men can go. No women, no kids."

"Got it? " Arrogance and Haughtiness amplified a hundred fold. Wait till ye see what's coming, ultimately << end

12 Then Jehovah said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land—all that the hail has left."

13 So Moses stretched out his rod over the land of Egypt, and Jehovah brought an east wind on the land all that day and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.

14 And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt and rested on all the territory of Egypt. They were very severe; previously there had been no such locusts as they, nor shall there be such after them.

15 For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they ate every herb of the land and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left. So there remained nothing green on the trees or on the plants of the field throughout all the land of Egypt.

16 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste, and said, "I have sinned against Jehovah your God and against you.

17 "Now therefore, please forgive my sin only this once, and entreat Jehovah your God, that He may take away from me this death only."

T1: Can you appreciate what a dirt bag and lying weasel this king was? He had already been forgiven or given another chance, 7 times. Now "only this once." What? Are you kidding me? One can not accuse Jehovah of not being patient and merciful. But Pharaoh would not have it. << end

18 So he went out from Pharaoh and entreated Jehovah.

19 And Jehovah turned a very strong west wind, which took the locusts away and blew them into the Red Sea. There remained not one locust in all the territory of Egypt.

T1:  Can you imagine what Egypt was like by this time? A hatred for Pharaoh had to be growing strong. << end

20 But Jehovah hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go.

21 Then Jehovah said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt."

22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.

T1: You'll note the "3 days." its a common number of days, as are 3.5 days and 7 days. Jesus would be in the grave for 3 days and nights, before he was erected. 10 & 12 are also common. These are used through out. Ordinary life id random. Specific and recurring are deliberate patterns so that you will know it is the hand of God and not man or random chance. << end

23 They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.

24 Then Pharaoh called to Moses and said, "Go, serve Jehovah; only let your flocks and your herds be kept back. Let your little ones also go with you."

25 But Moses said, "You must also give us sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to Jehovah our God.

26 "Our livestock also shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind. For we must take some of them to serve Jehovah our God, and even we do not know with what we must serve Jehovah until we arrive there."

Pharaoh was just playing games.  Surely he had seen enough to know that this God of Moses was real and real powerful. Pharaoh was too stupid to respect what was seeing. This is known in the bible as a sin against the spirit.
The very obvious operations of God's powers allow for no excuse in ignoring or disrespecting such obvious power. No forgiveness allowed. You'll see what I mean a little later.

27 But Jehovah hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go.

28 Then Pharaoh said to him, "Get away from me! Take heed to yourself and see my face no more! For in the day you see my face you shall die!"

29 And Moses said, "You have spoken well. I will never see your face again."

The next installment will begin with Exodus Chap. 11

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