25 And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land.
26 And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the Lord our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us?
27 We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the Lord our God, as he shall command us.
28 And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me.
29 And Moses said, Behold, I go out from thee, and I will intreat the Lord that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, to morrow: but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.
30 And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the Lord.
31 And the Lord did according to the word of Moses; and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one.
32 And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.
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Although the scripture does not say it here, it is my understanding that the Pharaohs of Egypt were treated as gods by their people and perhaps Pharaoh himself believed he was like unto God.
Due to the affliction upon the Egyptians, Pharaoh told Moses to sacrifice to God but he wanted them to sacrifice there in the land. Moses told him that could not be done in the presence of the abomination of the Egyptians. He told Pharaoh they must go at least three days journey into the wilderness before they could sacrifice according to God’s will.
Once again, Pharaoh appeared to relent, saying the people could go if they did not go far and if Moses would entreat the Lord to remove the plague of flies.
The Lord did remove the swarms of flies, but once more Pharaoh “hardened his heart” and would not let the people go.
It is amazing how haughty Pharaoh was in the face of all the miracles he had already been shown. Did he think that he could ever win in this power struggle with the almighty?
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