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Exodus 10 Part 2–Locusts the Clean Up Crew

God was coming to the end of the plan.  He had exposed Pharaoh’s dependence upon his magicians, He exposed Pharaoh’s pride in himself, and His standing and he had stripped the once mighty Egypt back to the place where they would have been had Joseph not intervened those 400 years earlier. 

The Eighth Blow: Locusts (Exodus 10, 1-19). Wood engraving, published in 1886.

There simply was no sane reason for Pharaoh to resist God any further–But He did.  The locusts were simply the clean-up crew.  they devoured any means for Egypt to restore their agriculture and infrastructure. God sent the Locusts to clean up any hope of a restoration for Egypt.

Meanwhile, the Egyptians grew more fearful of the Israelites, God, and the Pharaoh’s ability to lead.  The Israelites grew more hopeful that they would be freed from slavery and Moses grew humbler and honoring of God’s commands and plan.  When the people of God left Egypt; God was going to make sure they would do so face front, and head held high.  They were God’s chosen people.  He covenanted with Abraham to give them an inheritance, and so it would be.

God is true to His commitment.  He who begins a good work in us will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil 1:5 We simply must trust God as Moses trusted Him.  We need only allow God to do what God does to complete His plan in our lives.  If we will then He will transform us into free people, no longer slaves to a world culture bent on exploiting us and then tossing us aside when we are used up.  Pharaoh saw God’s chosen people that same way–as simple tools and commodities.  As such, he was unwilling to let them be free. 

The world feels the same way about the church.  We are nothing more than a means to an end.  Only God sees our value as His own.  That is why it is critical that we follow His lead.  If we will, then He will free us, and after liberation, lead us to our inheritance within His eternity.  We must trust God and allow Him to make us a path to freedom.

God Bless You

10 Pharaoh said, “The Lord be with you—if I let you go, along with your women and children! Clearly you are bent on evil.[a] 11 No! Have only the men go and worship the Lord, since that’s what you have been asking for.” Then Moses and Aaron were driven out of Pharaoh’s presence.

12 And the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail.”

13 So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning, the wind had brought the locusts; 14 they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again. 15 They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail—everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.

16 Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you. 17 Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the Lord your God to take this deadly plague away from me.”

18 Moses then left Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord. 19 And the Lord changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea.[b] Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt. 20 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.


This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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