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EXODUS 9:1-7 "1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 2 For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, 3 Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain. 4 And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children's of Israel. 5 And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land. 6 And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. 7 And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go."

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MURAIN - PLAGUE 5

The Egyptians worshipped cows and bulls. They were considered sacred and even cast in images which were set up in places of worship. The plague of murrain was a disease that destroyed all the cattle; it was an attack on one of the Egyptian gods. You'd think Pharaoh would have learned after the fourth plague that Egypt was headed for destruction. But even after all the cattle in Egypt was destroyed in the fith plague, he hardened his heart and would not let Israel go.

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EXODUS 9:8-11 "8 And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. 9 And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt. 10 And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast. 11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians."

BOILS - PLAGUE 6

This is the first plague that touched the bodies of people. So far, God had limited the plagues to pests and animals. Now Pharaoh and all his magicians had boils on their bodies so bad that the magicians couldn't even stand. Everything in Egypt must have shut down! Women wouldn't have been able to cook or take care of the children. Even the Egyptian priests would not have been able to serve in the temples - they would have been deemed unclean because of the boils.

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EXODUS 9: 20-21 & 25 "20 He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: 21 And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field. 25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field."

HAIL - PLAGUE 7

Egypt doesn't get much rain. They have always depended on the Nile River for water and for watering the land. I just looked at a weather map and Alexandria did not receive any rain between May and October of last year! With the advent of the seventh plague, they were going to get a rain they would rather not have. All the inhabitants of Egypt were warned ahead of time. Either bring your cattle in from the fields or they will die. Those who feared Israel's God brought their servants and their livestock inside. Those who did not made no provision for protection. I don't understand how the Egyptians could not believe the word of the Lord after experiencing the first six plagues!

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EXODUS 9: 26, 27, 31, 35 "26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail. 27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. 31 And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled. 35 And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses."

The flax and the barley was destroyed except in the land of Goshen where the children of Israel lived. God had protected His people from the plague of hail. For the first time, Pharaoh admitted he had sinned, but then verse 35 says Pharaoh hardened his heart once again and refused to let the children of Israel go.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Many people today refuse to believe the word of God and remain out in the hail. And many more realize they have sinned, that the Lord is righteous and that they are wicked, yet they continue to harden their hearts!


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