Exodus 7 & 8: Will You Let Go?
Verse of the Day: (7:14) And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go.
1. Go (7:1-25)
And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear. (7:16)
Though God appointed Moses to be His representative, and Aaron, His spokesman, to command Pharaoh to let the Hebrews depart from Egypt and possess the land of Canaan, yet He knew that Pharaoh had hardened his heart to rebel against Him. However, all things worked together in God’s purpose as He punished Pharaoh and the Egyptians with ten deadly plagues before they finally let the Hebrews depart from Egypt. God sent the first plague by turning all the waters of Egypt to blood causing widespread death of all fishes and creatures in the waters, and making the Egyptians unable to drink their waters.
2. God (8:1-19)
Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said. (8:19)
Even with the first plague destroying the waters of Egypt, Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let the Hebrews depart from Egypt. God then punished Egypt with the second plague by sending multitudes of frogs to Egypt. Pharaoh then pleaded with Moses that he would let go the Hebrews provided God stopped the plague. However, Pharaoh lied to Moses, and did not keep his words. God then punished Egypt with the third plague by sending multitude of lice. The magicians by this time knew that the plagues were from the finger of God, and there was absolutely nothing they could do to stop these deadly plagues.
3. Goshen (8:20-32)
And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth. (8:22)
However, Pharaoh again hardened his heart, and God then punished Egypt with the fourth plague by sending swarms of flies to Egypt. However, God loved and protected the Hebrews as there was no swarm of flies in Goshen, the place where the Hebrews stayed in Egypt. Again, Pharaoh promised Moses that he would let the Hebrews go provided God removed the flies from Egypt. Again, Pharaoh lied and did not keep his words. Finally, God severely punished Pharaoh for his unbelief, and Pharaoh eventually let the Hebrews depart from Egypt. Let us let go everything and everyone in our lives, and let God be in full control of our lives knowing that He is indeed the living and loving God.
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to let go, and let You take full control of my life.