Sustained by God’s Word of Forgiveness and Mercy
Exodus 10:21-29: Thick darkness covers the land of Egypt, with the exception of the region where the Israelites lived. The reading concludes with a harsh exchange of words between the king and Moses.
The LORD then said to Moses, “Raise your hand toward the sky, and a darkness thick enough to be felt will cover the land of Egypt.”
21 The Lord then said to Moses, “Raise your hand toward the sky, and a darkness thick enough to be felt will cover the land of Egypt.”22 Moses raised his hand toward the sky, and there was total darkness throughout Egypt for three days.23The Egyptians could not see each other, and no one left his house during that time. But the Israelites had light where they were living.
24The king called Moses and said, “You may go and worship the Lord; even your women and children may go with you. But your sheep, goats, and cattle must stay here.”
25Moses answered, “Then you would have to provide us with animals for sacrifices and burnt offerings to offer to the Lord our God.26No, we will take our animals with us; not one will be left behind. We ourselves must select the animals with which to worship the Lord our God. And until we get there, we will not know what animals to sacrifice to him.”
27The Lord made the king stubborn, and he would not let them go.28He said to Moses, “Get out of my sight! Don't let me ever see you again! On the day I do, you will die!”
29“You are right,” Moses answered. “You will never see me again.”
Reread verses 27-29. What are the king’s and Moses’s parting words to each other? Today’s reading includes a description of the ninth plague. In the Bible, God sometimes sends disasters or plagues to punish evildoers and to demonstrate that God alone is supreme. For the past seven days we have been reading about the various plagues that struck Egypt. In each instance, the pattern is repeated: a plague strikes the land, the king asks Moses to intercede, promising to give the Israelites their freedom, Moses prays to God and the plague ceases, but the king changes his mind and refuses to the let the Israelites go. What are your thoughts about this reoccurring pattern?
Lord God, I trust in your promises and yield my life to you. May my life be a living sacrifice that is dedicated in service to you. Watch over me and order my steps this day. Amen.
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Exodus 11:1-10: Moses tells the king that every first-born son in Egypt will die.