Each time Pharaoh lied, God raised the stakes. Level one inconvenience, level 2 annoyance, level 3 devastation, etc. a reasoned person would have noticed the trajectory of the judgments and would have simply submitted to God. Sadly, for the Egyptians, Pharaoh was not a reasoned man. He had decided that He would not submit to God, and as such, he would endure anything God would dish out. Pharaoh had no intention of humbling himself before the God of Israel or even before his people.
Pride and power are a terrible combination. In Pharaoh’s case it continued to destroy the Pharaoh, his people and his nation. All of the miracles and work that Joseph led 400 years before was now being undone by the Pharaoh. What’s more, now that God had made the distinction, Pharaoh watched as his choices were destroying his people and his nation alone. Still, no effect.
Sin in our lives can cloud our ability to reason and our ability to focus on others and not on ourselves. When that occurs, often God raises the stakes to a level necessary to get our attention. It is critical for us to recognize the trajectory, humble ourselves and submit before God has to destroy us and those we touch. The journey back is short, but the price of pride grows exponentially—just ask Pharaoh!
God Bless You
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me.”
If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them back,
the hand of the Lord will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field—on your horses, donkeys and camels and on your cattle, sheep and goats.
The Lord set a time and said, “Tomorrow the Lord will do this in the land.”
And the next day the Lord did it: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one animal belonging to the Israelites died.
Pharaoh investigated and found that not even one of the animals of the Israelites had died. Yet his heart was unyielding and he would not let the people go.