The time of Israel’s Exodus was drawing near as God’s patience was growing thinner. God was at the point of saying “enough is enough”. So God sent Moses to make clear to Pharaoh that from this point forward there would be no doubt that this was a battle with God, and God would win convincingly.
Still, Pharaoh and his officials failed to grasp the enormity of their sin and the cost of failing to repent–no problem though, God would show them the cost and his power to exact payment. Each plague further sealed Egypt’s fate and established God’s superiority. For Egypt, there was nothing to gain and everything to lose. Still the need to be independent from God outweighed all human reason.
Today, our sin still has a cost. The cost is born by us and by others we are close to. God offers us forgiveness if we turn and follow him, but he also allows us to pay a price, if we so choose. He calls us to choose him, to choose life. But that requires humble change and willingness to do things his way. Failure to follow only leads to disaster.
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Then the Lord said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, confront 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,
or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth.
Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. “This time I have sinned,” he said to them. “The Lord is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong.
Pray to the Lord, for we have had enough thunder and hail. I will let you go; you don’t have to stay any longer.”
Then Moses left Pharaoh and went out of the city. He spread out his hands toward the Lord; the thunder and hail stopped, and the rain no longer poured down on the land.
When Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he sinned again: He and his officials hardened their hearts.
So Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not let the Israelites go, just as the Lord had said through Moses.