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God was at the end of his patience, He now set before Pharaoh the final onslaught. The Darkness he sent over Egypt was a darkness that could be felt. It was a darkness of spirit. The nation of Egypt began to feel the hopelessness felt by the Israelites living as their slaves. In the midst of this darkness, Pharaoh threatened Moses that his life would end should ever appear before Pharaoh again…In other words, he had no desire to hear from God. Pharaoh would later wish he could take those words back.
Any person or nation has the ability to reject God. God is a gentleman and would not force his will on anyone. But at some point, the heart of the rejecter will become immovable. At that point, God’s response becomes punitive and not reviving. When God gives up, there is no turning back. Then, God’s wrath is unleashed and unforgettable.
Within the church, we need to remain malleable and humble so that God can make corrections in our lives. Do not shut God out or reject him entirely—the outcome will be devastating. Within the world, people are quickly reaching or have passed the point of no return. Only his people have a chance of restoring his authority and bringing revival. Lord, please bring light back into the darkness. Don’t give up on us, Lord. Don’t allow us to harden our hearts.
God Bless You
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. 23 No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.
24 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, “Go, worship the Lord. Even your women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and herds behind.”
25 But Moses said, “You must allow us to have sacrifices and burnt offerings to present to the Lord our God. 26 Our livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind. We have to use some of them in worshiping the Lord our God, and until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the Lord.”
27 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. 28 Pharaoh said to Moses, “Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die.”
29 “Just as you say,” Moses replied. “I will never appear before you again.”