A. T. Pierson gives the following illustration: Suppose you had a thousand-acre farm and someone offered to buy it. You agree to sell the land except for one acre right in the center which you want to keep for yourself. Did you know that in some areas the law would allow you to h … More
In the previous plagues, of turning water to blood and the frogs, the Egyptian magicians were able to imitate Moses. Today’s plague, however, of turning the dust into lice could not be imitated (vv.16-18). In fact, the magicians even told the king that God had done this but again he was too stubborn to listen (v. 19). The Egyptian priests, the temples, as well as the people, could not worship their gods unless they were spotlessly clean. Can you imagine the terrible blow the plague of the lice and flies were to them?
The Lord tells Moses to meet the king the next morning and tell Him that He commands him to let His people go and if he doesn’t He will send flies to cover everyone (vv. 20-21). In this passage God is showing a distinction between the Israelites and the Egyptians in marking His people for deliverance and the others for judgment (vv. 22-24). Pharaoh agreed again to let Israel go but gave them a compromise by requiring that they sacrifice in the land (v. 25). Then when that was rejected he tried another compromise but Moses warned Pharaoh of deceiving them (vv. 26-29). Moses then left Pharaoh believing he might keep his word (v. 30). Moses prays and God takes away the swarms of flies until there was not one fly left in all the land (v. 31). But again Pharaoh’s heart is hard and he will not let the people go (v. 32).
Pharaoh agreed to let Israel go but requiring them to make their sacrifice in the land. This was not acceptable as God is not interested in compromise but in complete obedience. I must always give the Lord my complete obedience and never try to work out a compromise in what He asks me to do for Him.
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Exodus 5:1-9Moses First Confrontation With Pharaoh
Exodus 5:10-23People Ordered to Gather Their Own Straw to Make Bricks
Exodus 6:1-13God Promises Action
Exodus 6:14-30A Complete Genealogy of The Israelites
Exodus 7:1-13God Hardens Pharaoh’s Heart The Second Time
Exodus 7:14-25Nile Changed to Blood
Exodus 8:1-15The Plague of Frogs
Exodus 8:16-32The Plague of Flies
Exodus 9:1-12The Plagues of Dead Animals And Boils
Exodus 9:13-26The Plague of Hail
Exodus 9:27-35Pharaoh Said One Thing And Did Another
Exodus 10:1-20The Plague of Locusts
Exodus 10:21-29The Plague of Darkness
Exodus 11:1-10The Death of The First Born