Bible study 60 – Exodus 10Posted: December 2, 2016
Are you wondering yet why God is intentionally making things harder for his chosen people, by way of wreaking havoc on the innocent citizens of Egypt? Well, now he explains it himself in clear terms:
“I have hardened [Pharaoh’s] heart and the heart of his officials, in order that I may show these signs of mine among them, and that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I have made fools of the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them — so that you may know that I am the Lord.”
…wow. That’s… honest? I mean, I guess I knew that the scribes who wrote down this story thousands of years ago were mainly trying to create an “origin” story that would bind the Jewish people together for generations; but I didn’t know that that was the “official” version as dictated by God himself. Pretty brutal. Then again, I’m sitting here three thousands years later reading this, and I’m not even Jewish!
The two plagues featured in this chapter are the locusts (which eat up all the grain and create a horrible famine), and three days of darkness (which… makes people unable to see each other). Moses and Pharaoh can’t agree on whether the Israelites should be able to bring children and livestock on their “worship trip” (which is, of course, only a ruse for escaping Egypt), and the stalemate continues.