Plague 8: Locust
In this particular plague we hear an additional reason why God hardened Pharaoh's heart. It was to show His power to Israel so that future generations would know that God is the LORD!
This time Pharaoh was willing to let just the men go, but God wanted them ALL. So, the locust came and destroyed everything. Not even Nut, the sky goddess, or Osiris, the god of crop fertility, could stop the destruction.
This time Pharaoh went farther than any other time:
"Now therefore, please forgive my sin only this once,
and make supplication to the LORD your God,
that He would only remove this death from me." (10:16)
Yet, once the plague was removed, Pharaoh hardened his heart one more time.
Plague 9: Darkness
The darkness came without any prior warning from Moses to Pharaoh. This judgment was aimed at Ra, the Egyptian sun god. Pharaoh was a representative of this god.
Pharaoh was willing to let all the people go but not the livestock. Remember, that his livestock were destroyed in the fifth and seventh plague. The Israelites would need the livestock for sacrifices. So, Moses refused the compromise and Pharaoh sent him away. Moses stated this was the last time he would come to offer him the Word of the LORD.
The Scarlet Thread of Redemption
Someone else was in the darkness of a tomb for three days. I am not sure if this is significant, but this is the first time I have noticed this.
In what ways are you hearing the Word of the LORD and hardening your heart toward Him? Dialogue with God about that today.
Lord, I love You. I want to have a soft heart toward You. Reveal the secret places where there is hardness of heart. I pray this in Jesus' name. AMEN.