The Plague of Darkness

What Became of the Twelve Disciples? (1) John died of extreme old age. (2) Judas Iscariot hanged himself. (3) Peter was crucified, head downward, during the persecution of Nero. (4) Andrew died on a cross at Patrae, in Achaia, a Grecian Colony. (5) James, the younger brother of t … More

Persecution

This ninth plague of darkness came quickly without warning to Pharaoh. God just tells Moses to stretch out his hand toward Heaven and there would be darkness all over the land (v. 21). It was so dark in Egypt that the darkness could be felt while the land of Goshen had light. This plague was the most serious so far since Egypt worshiped the Sun God, Ra, who was the chief of the gods. When the sun was darkened for 3 days it meant that the true God of Israel had conquered their god, Ra (v. 22)! During this time, the Egyptians could not see each other or leave their homes (v. 23).

Pharaoh calls for Moses again (v. 24). This time he tells Moses that he was willing to let him leave and their families may go but they must leave their flocks and herds behind. Pharaoh attempts for the 4th time to offer a compromise. However, Moses insisted that the people, would be needing the animals for sacrifices and offerings to the Lord their God and that not one hoof would be left behind (vv. 25-26).

Pharaoh then became very angry and told Moses to leave and he didn’t want to ever see him again. If he did come again, Pharaoh said he would kill Moses (vv. 27-28). Moses told him not to worry because the king wouldn’t see his face again (v. 29).

Application

Moses suffered persecution because of his stand for the Lord. It should come as no surprise if I receive persecution because of my stand for the Lord. If I really move out for God, Satan will try every way to stop me. Persecution may come from where I least expect it.

Exodus 10:21-29 (English Standard Version)

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt." So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was pitch darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the people of Israel had light where they lived. Then Pharaoh called Moses and said, "Go, serve the LORD; your little ones also may go with you; only let your flocks and your herds remain behind." But Moses said, "You must also let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God. Our livestock also must go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind, for we must take of them to serve the LORD our God, and we do not know with what we must serve the LORD until we arrive there." But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go. Then Pharaoh said to him, "Get away from me; take care never to see my face again, for on the day you see my face you shall die." Moses said, "As you say! I will not see your face again."

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