Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 10:3-6 (NIV)
So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow. They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields. They will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians—something neither your parents nor your ancestors have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now.’” Then Moses turned and left Pharaoh.
Exodus 10:3-6 (MSG)
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “God, the God of the Hebrews, says, ‘How long are you going to refuse to knuckle under? Release my people so that they can worship me. If you refuse to release my people, watch out; tomorrow I’m bringing locusts into your country. They’ll cover every square inch of ground; no one will be able to see the ground. They’ll devour everything left over from the hailstorm, even the saplings out in the fields—they’ll clear-cut the trees. And they’ll invade your houses, filling the houses of your servants, filling every house in Egypt. Nobody will have ever seen anything like this, from the time your ancestors first set foot on this soil until today.’” Then he turned on his heel and left Pharaoh.
“So Moses and Aaron went 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, so that they may serve Me. For if you refuse to let My people go, then hear this: tomorrow I will bring [migratory] locusts into your country. They shall cover the [visible] surface of the land, so that no one will be able to see the ground, and they will eat the rest of what has remained—that is, the vegetation left after the hail—and they will eat every one of your trees that grows in the field; your houses and those of all your servants and of all the Egyptians shall be filled with locusts, as neither your fathers nor your grandfathers have seen, from their birth until this day.’” Then Moses turned and left Pharaoh.” -AMPLIFIED
And so begins plague 8, locust. There are various references in history referring to the devastating damage that a swarm of locust can leave in their wake. In fact, Pharaoh Amenemhet, from the Twelfth Dynasty, described a plague of locusts as a catastrophe similar to that left behind from the devastating effects of a civil war or a famine. It has been stated that a horde of locusts can eat the same amount of food in a day as 2,500 people. Locusts will wipe out all vegetation in their pathway.
Once again we find Moses and Aaron going to Pharaoh to give him fair warning of what is about to happen. They deliver God’s Message, “How long are you going to refuse to knuckle under? Release my people so that they can worship me. If you refuse to release my people, watch out; tomorrow I’m bringing locusts into your country.” And then they leave. The next move is up to Pharaoh.
Pharaoh’s illustrious leaders confronted him with these words, “How long are you going to let this man harass us? Let these people go and worship their God. Can’t you see that Egypt is on its last legs?” -Exodus 10:7 (MSG) In other words, “Enough is enough. We can’t do this anymore. Give the man what he asks for before there is nothing left of Egypt.”
So, Pharaoh calls Moses and Aaron back and offers a compromise, “Go, worship the Lord your God….but only the men can go.” The Message Version conveys exactly how Pharaoh was feeling at this moment, “I’d sooner send you off with God’s blessings than let you go with your children. Look, you’re up to no good—it’s written all over your faces. Nothing doing. Just the men are going—go ahead and worship God. That’s what you want so badly.” -Exodus 10:10-11 (MSG)
Pharaoh’s compromise was rejected though. Scripture tells us that Moses and Aaron were driven out of the presence of Pharaoh. That means that they did not leave on good terms; they were basically chased out or possibly even physically thrown out.
Pharaoh has made his choice. God then instructs Moses to carry out His. “God said to Moses: “Stretch your hand over Egypt and signal the locusts to cover the land of Egypt, devouring every blade of grass in the country, everything that the hail didn’t get.” Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt. God let loose an east wind. It blew that day and night. By morning the east wind had brought in the locusts.” -Exodus 10:12-13 (MSG)
Lord, I know there can be no compromising with you. If I am your child; then I must be sold out 100% to you. Help me to remember that I am to be a living sacrifice to you; holy and acceptable. Have your way in my life.