Enough was enough. God had plagued the Pharaoh with every inconvenience he would allow. The Pharaoh, as predicted, continued to remain unyielding. So now God was going to focus upon Egyptian infrastructure. The first blow was to the livestock. Meat, wool and transportation all destroyed due to the pride and stubbornness of a King.
The Israelites would be free. God would escort them from Egypt and return them home. But, because the Pharaoh was unwilling to recognize God’s power and authority, he was destroying the very nation he was appointed to lead. It was fine with God, any father would be glad to vindicate his children. But, it was completely unnecessary for Egypt.
In our world, Pharaoh’s actions and attitudes are repeated daily. People from every walk of life, allow their selfish pride to destroy themselves and all things they hold dear, simply to prove they can do it their way. In the end, they will find that they could not in fact, control life or their circumstance. That is God’s to control. He wants only for us to trust and follow him and he will lead us home and we will become like him. When that happens, we will finally understand how freeing it is simply to do the right thing for the right reasons. Pray we learn that lesson before we destroy all we hold dear.
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.” 2 If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them back, 3 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. 4 But the Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and that of Egypt, so that no animal belonging to the Israelites will die.’”
5 The Lord set a time and said, “Tomorrow the Lord will do this in the land.” 6 And the next day the Lord did it: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one animal belonging to the Israelites died. 7 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.