8 And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh: and he said unto them, Go, serve the Lord your God: but who are they that shall go?
9 And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the Lord.
10 And he said unto them, Let the Lord be so with you, as I will let you go, and your little ones: look to it; for evil is before you.
11 Not so: go now ye that are men, and serve the Lord; for that ye did desire. And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence.
12 And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left.
13 And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.
14 And the locust went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such.
15 For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.
K.J.V. Bible Text
If I understand today’s reading correctly, Pharaoh was influenced by those who feared the power of the Lord to allow Moses and the men of Israel to go and serve the Lord, but Pharaoh did not relent about the young and old people. Only the men were told they could go.
Because Pharaoh would not let all the people go, the Lord told Moses to stretch his hand over the land of Egypt and cause the locusts to come. They came and were so thick “that the land was darkened” by them. The locusts ate up everything in Egypt. This time there was no part of the crop saved. All was eaten up from the leaves and fruit of the trees—which had been spared by the hail—to the herbs in the field. The plague of locusts was upon the entire land of Egypt.
As I was writing about all this, I suddenly saw a truth here. Our Lord does not want our partial obedience. He wants us to do his will without reservation. Pharaoh could not get away with allowing only the men to leave to go and worship. To avoid the wrath of the Lord, he must give in to exactly what the Lord requests.
As you and I now know, the Lord was determined to have the Israelites ALL leave Egypt where they were slaves. He did not want them to return to Egypt. He was ready to give them the land of Canaan which they had been promised.
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