God would end the Israelites captivity with a very loud cry. Not from His people, they would sleep peacefully through the night. For the Egyptians, wailing would start at the throne and pass across the land of Egypt in an awful way. As Moses recounted to Pharaoh what was about to happen, Pharaoh did not care of listen. It was God that hardened Pharaoh’s heart, but the attitudes and decisions of Pharaoh were still his own.
When Israel was to leave, they would leave with the same blessing that they arrived with. Go in peace. They would be enriched by their captors, and they would be cheered upon their departure. While that would not be their last encounter with Pharaoh, it would be the last time he would have any chance of affecting their lives.
The plan of God is so comprehensive. We tend to look at its effect upon our lives; never considering how many different spheres each circumstance touches. We need simply to trust God and follow His lead. He has accounted for each life affected by our circumstances and will bring each plan to a proper end.
It is useless to try to predict the end game. We need not try; as God has it all done. We need to simply trust His leadership and accept each day as the gift that it is. Then, in the Lord’s time, God will complete in us the transformation to make us like Him and prepare us for eternity with Him.
We also need to quit worrying about those who are evil and selfish. God will handle them as well. We are not to seek their harm or want vengeance. God’s vengeance is awesome and complete. He will make all things right in the end. Solomon said it best, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
God Bless You
God said to Moses: “I’m going to hit Pharaoh and Egypt one final time, and then he’ll let you go. When he releases you, that will be the end of Egypt for you; he won’t be able to get rid of you fast enough.
2-3 “So here’s what you do. Tell the people to ask, each man from his neighbor and each woman from her neighbor, for things made of silver and gold.” God saw to it that the Egyptians liked the people. Also, Moses was greatly admired by the Egyptians, a respected public figure among both Pharaoh’s servants and the people at large.
4-7 Then Moses confronted Pharaoh: “God’s Message: ‘At midnight I will go through Egypt and every firstborn child in Egypt will die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sits on his throne, to the firstborn of the slave girl working at her hand mill. Also the firstborn of animals. Widespread wailing will erupt all over the country, lament such as has never been and never will be again. But against the Israelites—man, woman, or animal—there won’t be so much as a dog’s bark, so that you’ll know that God makes a clear distinction between Egypt and Israel.’
8 “Then all these servants of yours will grovel before me, begging me to leave, ‘Leave! You and all the people who follow you!’ And I will most certainly leave.”
Moses, seething with anger, left Pharaoh.
9 God said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s not going to listen to a thing you say so that the signs of my presence and work are going to multiply in the land of Egypt.”
10 Moses and Aaron had performed all these signs in Pharaoh’s presence, but God turned Pharaoh more stubborn than ever—yet again he refused to release the Israelites from his land.