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8 And the Lord spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs:

3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs:

4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.

5 And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt.

6 And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.

7 And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.

8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the Lord, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the Lord. 

 K.J.V. Bible Text

 My Thoughts:

 The Lord again sent Moses to Pharaoh to request that Pharaoh let his people go that they might serve him.  This time he instructed Moses to tell Pharaoh that if he refused to let them go he would afflict the entire Egyptian nation with frogs. The frogs would be spread throughout the houses, in the bedchambers, the ovens and the kneading troughs.

The Lord instructed Moses to tell Aaron to stretch out his rod over all the rivers and ponds in Egypt to cause frogs to come onto the land.

After Aaron did so, Pharaoh’s magicians with their enchantments did the same thing.

At this point Pharaoh appears to give in to the will of the Lord.  He called for Moses and Aaron and asked them to entreat the Lord to take away the frogs and he would let the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.

When Pharaoh thus appeared to capitulate, how happy Moses must have been.  You may recall that he was not thrilled to take on this mission for the Lord.  He must have felt pleased and relieved to receive this indication of success. 

From our position in the future, we are aware that Pharaoh did not truly change his mind.  He wanted the frogs gone, but he had not yet fully accepted that he could not win in his efforts to defy the Lord.

Betty Killebrew

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