Plagues of Locusts and Darkness

Exodus 10 (paraphrased)

The Plague of Locusts

The Lord told Moses, “Go to Pharaoh.  I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so I may perform these miraculous signs among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.” 

So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “God says, ‘Let my people go or I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow.  They will cover the ground and devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that’s growing in your fields.  They’ll fill your houses and those of all the Egyptians.’ ”  Then Moses left Pharaoh.

Pharaoh’s officials said, “How long will this man be a snare to us?  Let the people go, so that they may worship the Lord.  Do you not realize Egypt is ruined?”  Then Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh.  “Go, worship your God,” he said.  “Clearly you are bent on evil.  Have only the men go.”  Then Moses and Aaron were driven out of Pharaoh’s presence. 

And God told Moses, “Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts will swarm the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail.”  Moses did and the locusts covered the ground till it was black and they devoured all that was left after the hail — everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees.

Once again, Pharoah asked Moses to pray for them, he sinned against God, blah, blah, blah.  Moses prayed, God removed the locusts.  You know the rest.  Pharoah refused God again.

The Plague of Darkness

Then God had Moses spread darkness over Egypt — darkness that could be felt.

Have you ever “felt” darkness?  Ooh, honey, I have and it’s not a warm fuzzy feeling, I can tell ya.  More of a hairy scary monster place sort of feeling.  You can hear and taste your breath, your heart near about beats out of your chest and you can begin to imagine death coming to soon claim you.

 

So, anyway, darkness covered all Egypt for three days.  No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days.  Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.  Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, “Go worship.  Even your women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and herds behind.”  But Moses explained they needed to have sacrifices and burnt offerings to present to the Lord but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he said no. 

Pharaoh said to Moses, “Get out of my sight!  Make sure you do not appear before me again!  The day you see my face you will die.” 

“Just as you say,” Moses replied, “I will never appear before you again.”

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What do you think it means by “The Lord hardened Pharoah’s heart?”  The Lord “made” his heart rebellious?  Or because of Pharoah’s ego and anger (because of what God did), his heart was hard?

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Author: Carol B Sessums

Writer, Editor, Coffee Addict, Lover of Mountains. Lives to shrink the planet, one story and connection at a time.

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