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Exodus 8 vs. 9-15 with Betty

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 9 And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?

10 And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the Lord our God.

11 And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only.

12 And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried unto the Lord because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh.

13 And the Lord did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields.

14 And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank.

15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said.

K.J.V. Bible Text

 My Thoughts:

 When Pharaoh asked Moses to entreat the Lord to take away the frogs, Moses promptly asked him when it should be done.  Pharaoh told him he wished it done “To morrow.”

Moses told him that the Frogs would be removed from everywhere but the rivers on the following day, exactly as Pharaoh requested to show him that there is none like the Lord.

The Lord acted according to Moses words to Pharaoh and the frogs died out the following day and were gathered up in huge heaps so great that the land stank.

When this happened Pharaoh may have made the mistaken assumption that he had influenced the Lord rather than the other way around because once the frogs were killed, he changed his mind back to his former hard attitude and refused to abide by his word.

I believe that is the way with despots throughout history.  Though on occasion they may appear to give in to demands for fairer treatment in order to give the illusion that they are willing to listen, their overall plan remains the same, to have and to keep total control over their subjects.  This has of course led to hundreds of governments being overturned throughout history.  The Hebrews were some of the first to demand freedom from an unfair leader and secure the right to live according to their own wills.

Betty Killebrew

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