Today’s Reading: Exodus 9-11
Today’s Headlines: The test of wills between God and Pharaoh continues. Pharaoh tells them they can leave, then changes his mind. God keeps sending horrible plagues: Cattle Disease, Boils, Hail, Locusts, and announces one last plague, the death of all firstborn.
It is difficult to believe Pharaoh held out as long as he did. He reminds me of an insane tyrant. Even his servants said, “Do you not yet know that Egypt is destroyed” (10:7)? Sometimes it says God “hardened his heart” and other times it seems to be his own stubborn personality (8:32, 9:34). Why do you think he refused to let them go? Are we ever like Pharaoh, turning to God when times are tough, but when things get better forgetting our vow?