Plague of Locusts, mixed
media by Yvette Rock
Moses is a man of patience and persistence. He goes an eighth time to
Pharoah to request the release of the Israelites so they offer sacrifice
to God in the wilderness. Pharoah knows he is dealing with a man of great
spiritual authority and supernatural power. Moses goes to the heart of
Pharoah's resistance – If you would but humble yourself before the One
true God (Exodus 10:3), then he would lift all these afflictions from your
land. Pride is the root of all sin – the stubborn refusal to serve and
Moses threatens with a plague of locusts – feared in the desert climate
for their ability to suddenly swoop down and wipe out every crop and vegetation
in a few short hours, leaving a barren wasteland, and bringing famine in
their wake. Pharoah's courtiers warn him that Egypt is on the brink of
ruin and disaster. Pharoah again tries to compromise with Moses. "You and
the men can go into the wilderness, but leave your women and children here."
Moses knows that Pharoah will keep them as hostages until the men return.
Moses refuses to compromise.
It is easy to compromise with sin or to only go half-way in obeying
God. God is not satisfied until we love him with all our heart, soul, mind,
and strength.He is a jealous God who loves us totally, unconditionally,
and without reservation. "For God so loved the world that he gave us his
only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal
life" (John 3:16). To ransom a slave God sacrificed his beloved Son. Total
love demands total sacrifice.
"Lord Jesus, you humbled yourself to raise us up. You became poor to
make us rich. You died to give us new life – abundant, everlasting
life with you and the Father. I want to give my life fully to you and bring
you honor and glory in all that I say and do."
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1 Then the LORD
said to Moses, "Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the
heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of mine among them,
2 and that you may tell
in the hearing of your son and of your son's son how I have made sport
of the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them; that you may know
that I am the LORD."
3 So Moses and Aaron went
in to Pharaoh, and said to him, "Thus says the LORD,
the God of the Hebrews, `How long will you refuse to humble yourself before
me? Let my people go, that they may serve me. 4 For if you refuse to let
my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country,
5 and they shall cover the face of the land, so that no one can see the
land; and they shall eat what is left to you after the hail, and they shall
eat every tree of yours which grows in the field, 6 and they shall fill
your houses, and the houses of all your servants and of all the Egyptians;
as neither your fathers nor your grandfathers have seen, from the day they
came on earth to this day.'" Then he turned and went out from Pharaoh.
7 And Pharaoh's servants
said to him, "How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go,
that they may serve the LORD
their God; do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined?"
8 So Moses and Aaron were
brought back to Pharaoh; and he said to them, "Go, serve the LORD
your God; but who are to go?" 9 And Moses said, "We will go with our young
and our old; we will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks
and herds, for we must hold a feast to the LORD."
10 And he said to them, "The
LORD be with you, if ever I let
you and your little ones go! Look, you have some evil purpose in mind.
11 No! Go, the men among you, and serve the LORD,
for that is what you desire." And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence.
12 Then the LORD
said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts,
that they may come upon the land of Egypt, and eat every plant in the land,
all that the hail has left."
13 So Moses stretched forth
his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD
brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night; and
when it was morning the east wind had brought the locusts. 14 And the locusts
came up over all the land of Egypt, and settled on the whole country of
Egypt, such a dense swarm of locusts as had never been before, nor ever
shall be again. 15 For they covered the face of the whole land, so that
the land was darkened, and they ate all the plants in the land and all
the fruit of the trees which the hail had left; not a green thing remained,
neither tree nor plant of the field, through all the land of Egypt.
16 Then Pharaoh called Moses
and Aaron in haste, and said, "I have sinned against the LORD
your God, and against you. 17 Now therefore, forgive my sin, I pray you,
only this once, and entreat the LORD
your God only to remove this death from me." 18 So he went out from Pharaoh,
and entreated the LORD. 19 And
the LORD turned a very strong
west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea; not
a single locust was left in all the country of Egypt. 20 But the LORD
hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go.