Let My People Go Part 4

Kingwell By Kingwell, 17th Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The plagues come thick and fast now but a stubborn pharaoh refuses to let the children of Israel go and sacrifice to the Lord their God.

More Plagues.

Pharaoh remained defiant when the frogs had disappeared from the land, but of course God was not about to let him off the hook, in fact his troubles had barely started. “And the Lord said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt. And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with the rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.” Exodus 8: 16-17. The magicians tried but could not do the same and told pharaoh so in fact they make it clear that only God could do such things. Strangely enough however, the king remained stubborn and would not give in to the demands of Moses and Aaron. We can only assume that either his staff did a wicked job of ridding pharaoh’s body and the palace of the lice, or he was content to remain lousy! In any case he was determined not to let the people go.
God now tells his accomplices to go to pharaoh again, this time with the threat that he will send swarms of flies throughout the land that they would enter their houses and make their lives a nightmare. Pharaoh was also to be told that Goshen, the land where God’s people dwelt would be spared, that is the flies would not be found there. This time the author does not even bother to tell us whether Moses and Aaron went unto the king or not but presumably nothing changed because the flies came as promised and this time pharaoh sends for his tormentors. Go, he tells them sacrifice to your God but you must do so here in Egypt. “And Moses said, it is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us”? Exodus 8:26. Moses insists that they go on a three days journey into the wilderness as God has requested and finally pharaoh agrees but first God has to get rid of the flies. Just as before however, as soon as the flies are gone, the king goes back to his old ways and refuses to keep his promise.

Boils and Hail

The fifth plague is a grievous sickness that kills all the Egyptian cattle but leaves the flocks of the Hebrews unharmed yet it is all to no avail because pharaoh remains as adamant as ever. Moses and Aaron are now on a roll however, and know that even this king will eventually throw in the towel. “And the Lord said unto Moses and unto Aaron, take you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of pharaoh. And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt’. Exodus 9:8-9. Sure enough everything happened just as God had promised, but this was one hard-nosed and pigheaded pharaoh! Through Moses and Aaron, God now warns pharaoh of a grievous hail that will fall on Egypt killing every living think that is left outside, both man and beast. This is going to happen tomorrow, he is told, so if you care about your servants and flocks, keep them inside! “And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt. So there was hail and fire mingled with the hail, vey grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt, all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field. Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail”. Exodus 9: 23-26.
Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said “I have sinned this time: the Lord is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. Intreat the Lord (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer”. Exodus 9:27-28. Moses does not appear to believe the king, (and who could blame him), nevertheless he went out of the city and spread abroad his hands and all the devastation stopped. Pharaoh must have been one sucker for punishment for despite all that he had seen and experienced, once again he broke his vow and remained defiant!

The Servants Speak Out.

While pharaoh does not seem to realize the destruction being brought on his country and how the devastation grows greater with each plague, the same cannot be said for his servants, which probably included some of his advisors. Therefore when Moses and Aaron boldly appear before pharaoh again, this time with a warning from God that locusts, in numbers never before seen, will ravage the land, unless he lets the people go, for the first time some of his staff dare to speak up. “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”? Exodus 10: 7. Pharaoh has already sent Moses and Aaron away, but recognizing that his advisors have a point, he calls them back, apparently ready to negotiate. When asked who will go the three day journey into the wilderness, Moses replied that all the people must go, men, women and children together with their flocks and herds. Upon hearing this it is clear to pharaoh that they have no intention of returning to Egypt, and once again he becomes angry at being taken for a fool. The men may go he thunders, but the women and children must stay behind and with that Moses and Aaron are driven from his presence once more.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 5
See Part One.

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar spirited
18th Aug 2015 (#)

what I can't understand is that although they are slaves, they have their own houses and cattle, and a relative freedom it seems.

The might of God what a drama this was, a real play of strength against stubbornness, Surely God must have known all of this was going to happen too. Why didn't he just provide an angel and guide them out even without permission, Why didn't they just leave anyway?

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Aug 2015 (#)

Hi spirited and thank you for following and commending. There is so much to be considered here just as there is today. It is true that God does know that pharaoh will not let the people go and he tells Moses that on several occasions. Apparently, God just wants to show the king how truly great he is, and to bring devastation upon Egypt. It is strange and I suppose most of the story is myth. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Aug 2015 (#)

I did not know God had to wage a war, a test of will, against his own creation, no holds barred. Pharaoh had no chance of winning but he just takes on the Almighty, sort of testing His will again and again!

We still have people of the ilk of Pharaoh like North Korean leader Kim who has no friends and does not allow his people any contact with the outside world. The Pharaoh is a saint though as he does not kill his advisors like Kim does with impunity!

Now God is incognito as people are killing their own and putting the blame on Him; we are beyond repair, looks like, He could well be looking for the Delete button and then Reformat!

Thanks Kingwell for a rather unique and enriching share - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva for your comment. These stories give us a glimpse into how many people still view God. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
18th Aug 2015 (#)

The most distasteful aspect of the whole story is surely the notion that God favours one group of people over another - that he regards one nation as "chosen" and the rest as unworthy.

This has unfortunately been the attitude of that particular race ever since, and the trouble it has caused the world is obvious to anyone who cares to look.

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Aug 2015 (#)

Hi John, Thank you for visiting and for your comment. I too have wondered how anyone could believe in a God who shows favours. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
19th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks for another fine article ~ Kingwell. The way I see it is that of war between Light and the forces of darkness.

This is referred to in some circles as Spiritual Warfare. It does also appear to be happening today ~ in a manner seemingly designed ~ to elude observation or detection.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. Blessings to you.

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Helen for your interesting comment. I have of course heard of spiritual warfare and war between light and darkness as there are churches who teach that. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
19th Aug 2015 (#)

Kingwell, thank you for sharing such great writing. I'm truly enjoying this series. I found it amazing that Pharoah would go back on his word so many times. I believe if someone says they will do something then that's exactly what they should do. That was very disheartening to me. I know there is a lesson to be learned here but he really should have been a man of his word. Blessings!

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy. Even today many do not keep their word and in those times it was even more so. God seems to know that pharaoh will not keep his word and plans to bring even more destruction on Egypt. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
20th Aug 2015 (#)

the King is very strong minded, but it was not in his interest to let the slaves go he needed them.

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. You are absolutely right. Blessings.

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