Exodus 9 [Read]
Exodus 10 [Read]
Matthew 18:1-20 [Read]
The hard part of reading the 10 plagues is to think about those Egyptians. Pharaoh may be wicked and his officers and magicians may be guilty of helping him, but what about those Egyptians? They seemed to get caught in the middle. Is it really fair to send these plagues onto them?
The sovereignty of God over all creatures cannot be denied. “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion” (Rom 9:15). Behind this seemingly unfair statement are his infinite wisdom, power, and grace. Whenever we judge God to be unfair, we are placing our standard for fairness, which came from the world we live in, above Him. That is arrogance, and that is the whole point of Romans 9.
With that in mind, we may then begin to find grace in the 9 plagues we read so far. Turning the Niles into blood is clearly regional. Otherwise, there will not be water left for the magician to do the same (7:22). I can think of many animals that could be a lot worse than the frogs, and gnats are more annoying than harm to people. Though the plagues seemed to intensify, human life was not lost in the first 9 plagues. God’s purpose was to show them “I am the LORD” (7:5). Judging from 12:38, some did get the message and turn to follow God.
In the midst of all these, I saw God’s special grace to His people. Starting from the 4th plague, Israelites were separated out for protection (8:23). God was saying through action that “these are my people, and I take care of them”. Not only the Egyptians will know God through the plagues, all the descendants of Israelites will always remember that too (10:2).
“You will be my people, and I will be your God” (Jer 11:4) is a penetrating theme of the entire Bible, and it is clearly shown amidst the 10 plagues. I am thankful that God has called me to be His people, and I pray constantly to Him to help me remember that. A heart of thanksgiving is the source of a godly Christian life.
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