Bible study 59 – Exodus 9

God kills all of Egypt’s livestock, apart from that belonging to Israelites, and then creates festering boils on the skin of all Egyptians. Then he warns everyone to take cover with their livestock (what? Didn’t he just kill all the livestock?), and sends hail and lightning (or possibly flaming hail, which would be much cooler) over the whole land, except for where the Israelites live. Each time Pharaoh has Moses and Aaron stop the calamity in exchange for letting their people go. Incredibly, Pharaoh breaks the promise each time, even though he knows he is endangering his entire country’s economy and safety in order to keep a small ethnic group as slaves. Of course, this is not because he thinks it’s a rational decision, but because God makes him do it.

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