1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” 2 If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them back, 3 the hand of the Lord will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field—on your horses, donkeys and camels and on your cattle, sheep and goats. 4 But the Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and that of Egypt, so that no animal belonging to the Israelites will die.’” 5 The Lord set a time and said, “Tomorrow the Lord will do this in the land.” 6 And the next day the Lord did it: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one animal belonging to the Israelites died. 7 Pharaoh investigated and found that not even one of the animals of the Israelites had died. Yet his heart was unyielding and he would not let the people go. 8 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh. 9 It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on people and animals throughout the land.” 10 So they took soot from a furnace and stood before Pharaoh. Moses tossed it into the air, and festering boils broke out on people and animals. 11 The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils that were on them and on all the Egyptians. 12 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said to Moses.
Thoughts: Three plagues, the plague on livestock, Boils, and Hail.
The fifth plague (9:1-7), God has the power to control all animals. animals is a business at that time, it is their livestock. The sixth plague God has the power to control people’s Life(9:8-12), your life is in his hands. The seven plague God has the power to control the heavens and the earth. (9:13-35). all the earth and everything in it is belong to God.
God show himself to Pharaoh He is a sovereign God (9: 16, 29). God can wipe Pharaoh off the earth (9:15) but He did not. God is so patience with Pharaoh, God gave him many opportunity to respond to God and let his people go but he refused. He harden his heart, He did not take God’s word seriously.
We need to obey Gods word, people who fail to obey God’s word will result in catastrophe (9:21). it does not matter who you are, these who ignore God’s word will result in damage.
God was preparing his people to take God’s word seriously and respond it properly.