August 21 – Exodus 9:13-21
August 21 – Exodus 9:13-21
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Heavenly Father, Thank You for not only Your protection, but the forewarning You give us. Help me to pass on Your Word to those around me. Help me spread the truth of Your plan to allow all to be saved from destruction. Thank You for allowing me to hear the good news of the gospel from the time I was born. I know I don’t deserve the life You have allowed me to live. I don’t deserve Christian parents who taught me about You. I don’t deserve a roof over my head, clean water and good food always available on my table. I don’t deserve to be born in a country where all of these things are readily available, but I thank You for allowing me to opportunity to have all these things and much more. There are not words to tell You how very much I appreciate all these things, so I will try to show You by loving You and sharing about You and all You have done to make a way that everyone can know You. Help me be bold and obedient as I share.
In Jesus’ name.
This plague was definitely different than the previous ones. God gave a forewarning as well as instructions on how to protect themselves and their household. and the believers were able to protect their livestock and move all that they had in the field into a protective shelter before the plague struck.
This reminds me of the unbelievers in our world that will not listen to God’s truth. They, too, are being told what is coming. May we all be bold in spreading God’s truth so that no man may perish.
What is your role in spreading the Good News?
I have to address some questions that might come to mind. Where did the Egyptians get these animals since just two plagues ago they were all destroyed by God? If they took some livestock from the Israelites or purchased them from a source outside of Egypt, the other question you might have would be about the time period that lapsed as God brought these plagues on the people of Egypt.
I don’t know. I have done a little research, and no one else knows either. One source said the best guess is that the 10 plagues took place over a period not less than 5 weeks, but not more than a year. Some tried to narrow it down to a more specific period of time, but the Bible isn’t specific. The main point God is making here is that He separated His chosen people from those in Egypt, but He also allowed those in Egypt who believed to be warned.
13 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. 14 For this time I will send all my plagues on you yourself, and on your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is none like me in all the earth. 15 For by now I could have put out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth. 16 But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth. 17 You are still exalting yourself against my people and will not let them go. 18 Behold, about this time tomorrow I will cause very heavy hail to fall, such as never has been in Egypt from the day it was founded until now. 19 Now therefore send, get your livestock and all that you have in the field into safe shelter, for every man and beast that is in the field and is not brought home will die when the hail falls on them.”’” 20 Then whoever feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh hurried his slaves and his livestock into the houses, 21 but whoever did not pay attention to the word of the Lord left his slaves and his livestock in the field.