The Plague of Locusts

The great British preacher Charles Spurgeon was keenly aware of the dangers of pride. After his sermon one Sunday, Spurgeon was met by a woman who exclaimed, “Oh, Mr. Spurgeon, that was wonderful.” “Yes, madam,” Spurgeon replied, “so the devil whispered i … More


The Lord says he has made the king and his officials stubborn because He wants to work these miracles (v. 1). He also wants the Hebrews to tell their children and grandchildren about His miracles and the harsh treatment of the Egyptians (v. 2) Then they will know that He is Lord. This time when Moses and Aaron came unto Pharaoh and spoke for the Lord God of the Hebrews they asked, “How long wilt you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me” (v. 3). If you don’t release my people before tomorrow I will cover the ground with so many locusts you won’t be able to see the ground (vv. 4-5).

This time even Pharaoh’s servants ask him to let the Israelites go that they may serve the Lord their God (vv. 6-7). Pharaoh then says the men may go and serve the Lord but the women and children were not to go (v. 8). Moses told Pharaoh that we will all go with our families but Pharaoh wouldn’t  listen (vv.  9-10). Then the Lord commanded Moses to stretch out his rod over the land of Egypt and the Lord brought an east wind for all day and night (vv. 11-12). The next morning the wind brought the eighth plague of locusts that covered the whole earth and darkened the air by the swarms of them (vv. 13-15). The locust destroyed every growing green thing in the land. Because the king was frightened, he quickly called for Moses and Aaron. He told them he had sinned against the Lord and against them(v. 16). He asked forgiveness and that God would take the locusts away (v. 17). Again Moses prayed and God sent a strong west wind that drove all the locusts into the Red Sea (vv. 18-19). However, again Pharaoh made his heart hard and would not let the people go (v 20).


I can remember a few times before I was saved that I told the Lord I would serve Him if He got me out of a difficult situation. I believe the first prayer He heard was when I asked Him to save me.

Exodus 10:1-20 (English Standard Version)

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