This is a weekly guest devotion written by my mother, Estelene. Each week she shares with us scripture and a short devotion to encourage us.
We learned last week that because of Pharaoh’s stubborn disobedience toward God, all the waters in Egypt were filled with blood including the jars of water in the people’s houses. He would rather he and his people suffer than to allow the Hebrew people to leave the land.
God is persistent and does not cater to kings’ demands. Let’s see what happens next.
Seven days passed after the Lord struck the Nile. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says; Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will plague your whole country with frogs. The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. The frogs will go up on you and your people and all your officials.’ ”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the streams and canals and ponds, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.’ ”
So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land. But the magicians did the same things by their secret arts; they also made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.
Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.”
Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.”
“Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said.
Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God. The frogs will leave you and your houses, your officials and your people; they will remain only in the Nile.”
After Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh, Moses cried out to the Lord about the frogs he had brought on Pharaoh. And the Lord did what Moses asked. The frogs died in the houses, in the courtyards and in the fields. They were piled into heaps, and the land reeked of them. But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said. Exodus 8:1-15
First of all, I want you to notice that God commanded Moses and Aaron to obey his commands before each plague occurred. It required action on Moses and Aaron’s part. Many times God expects us to step out in action before he answers our prayers. This does not mean that we should try to take care of issues or situations on our own. It means that after praying for God’s will to be done, we must listen to see what he wants us to do. Then we step out in faith.
For seven days all the waters in Egypt were filled with blood. Not only was it undrinkable, it carried a stench that was nearly unbearable. But Pharaoh chose to remain stubborn and not allow the Hebrew children to go into the desert and worship God.
After God had given Pharaoh plenty of time to change his mind, he sent Moses and Aaron to tell him what would occur next if he did not let His people go. Obviously, he refused because frogs covered the land as God said they would.
Can you imagine not being able to escape the abundance of frogs wherever you went. You begin to prepare a meal and the frogs are in your food. You open your oven and out jumps frogs. You are even forced to share your bed with them. Their croaking sound must have echoed throughout the land which would drive anyone insane.
Pharaoh’s magicians were “supposedly” able to create frogs to come up on the land, but who did Pharaoh ask Moses and Aaron to call on to remove the frogs? He didn’t instruct his magicians to remove the frogs because they did not possess the power to do so. He asked Moses and Aaron to pray to Almighty God to remove the frogs.
God answered Moses’ prayer at the request of Pharaoh, but notice the consequences. God killed the frogs, but he did not remove them. Frogs lay dead throughout the land and in the Egyptians’ houses. They had to heap piles and piles of dead frogs. Scripture says that the “land reeked of them,” therefore, the stench lingered as a reminder of Pharaoh’s stubborn disobedience.
Even when we ask God to forgive us for our wrongdoings and our stubborn disobedience and he is willing to forgive us, we must face the consequences. We can either see those consequences as only punishment or we can view them as lessons to be learned. They can push us away from God, or they can draw us closer to him.
I have had to live with many consequences during my lifetime, but I have chosen to look at them as valuable lessons learned. I am thankful that God did not remove the consequences of my sins, for I would not be the person I am today if he had.
Unfortunately, Pharaoh did not learn a lesson from the consequences caused by his disobedience to God. He chose to continue to be rebellious.
What do you think will happen next? Will Pharaoh give in and let the Hebrews leave Egypt? Join me when we meet again and find out.