10 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him:
2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the Lord.
3 And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.
4 Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast:
5 And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field:
6 And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day. And he turned himself, and went out from Pharaoh.
7 And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?
K.J.V. Bible Text
In today’s reading, the Lord explains to Moses that he has hardened Pharaoh’s heart in order to show the signs of his power before him. He tells Moses that each generation that is to come should tell the next about the things wrought in Egypt. By that way, they will know that, “I am the LORD.”
Moses and Aaron asked Pharaoh how long he would refuse to humble himself before the Lord. Once more they asked him to let the people go or face a plague of locusts that shall “cover the face of the earth,” so thickly that the ground would not be visible. The locusts would also fill all the houses of all the people of Egypt.
Pharaoh’s servants are concerned about this. They ask Pharaoh how long he is going to continue on this course. They want Pharaoh to let the Israelites go to worship the Lord their God before Egypt is completely destroyed.
This attitude must have been galling to Pharaoh who considered himself a god on earth. He must have seen his power over the people eroding and his anger may have waxed even more because of this. We will see how he reacts when we read more tomorrow.
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