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Exodus 9 vs. 27-35 with Betty

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27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the Lord is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.

28 Intreat the Lord (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer.

29 And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the Lord; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the Lord’s.

30 But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the Lord God.

31 And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled.

32 But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up.

33 And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread abroad his hands unto the Lord: and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth.

34 And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants.

35 And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the Lord had spoken by Moses

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

 The rain of hail apparently impressed Pharaoh to some degree for he sent for Moses and told him that he and his people were wicked and had sinned against a righteous Lord.  As he has previously appeared to relent, Pharaoh once again says he will let the people go if Moses will entreat the Lord to stop the Hail.

Moses promises to do so as soon as he is out of the city. 

Moses also told Pharaoh that although the flax and barley were ruined by the hail, the wheat and rye were not damaged because they were not yet grown up.  (It seems that even when dealing with those who resisted his power, the Lord left room for them to return from the hardship he caused them to suffer.)

Sadly, Pharaoh once again reneged upon his word.  He and his servants hardened their hearts and would not let the Israelite people go.

Betty Killebrew

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