Sunday, January 30, 2022
“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” (Exodus 8:10 KJV).
Who has replied with, “To morrow,” and why has he answered thusly?
This plague of frogs was the second of 10 Divine judgments on Egypt because Pharaoh relentlessly held the nation Israel hostage. Actually, it was Satan using Pharaoh to keep the Jews as his political prisoners. Concerning these curses, JEHOVAH God proved He was superior to whatever the King of Egypt worshipped or even thought himself to be (pharaohs were regarded as gods—they were self-centered, to say the least). Remember, the King of Egypt, in a most unenviable position, proposed in verse 8: “Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the LORD, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the LORD.” That is, if Israel’s God removes the frogs, Pharaoh would release Israel.
Now, let us recall the words of verse 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?” In other words, “Pharaoh, you have the honor of deciding what time you prefer I pray to the LORD to take away the frogs.” The King of Egypt, not the LORD or Moses, has been given the power or privilege to determine just how long he wants to suffer this type of judgment.
Pharaoh’s answer is in today’s Scripture: “To morrow.” In his stubborn pride, the king makes a poor decision. He is willing to let the plague continue just a bit longer before he considers freeing Israel. To wit, “I would rather tolerate these unpleasant frogs one more night before I think about submitting to the God of Israel!” Willful Pharaoh has no one to blame but himself for his misery. The Egyptians have no one to blame but their defiant monarch for their suffering….
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