God again tells Moses and Aaron that He will harden Pharaoh's heart towards their request. It mentions that Moses is 80 at the time and Aaron is 83. I wonder why God chose Moses, the younger son and not Aaron. It doesn't tell a lot of Aaron's background, but from what we know, Moses is a murderer. I know all sins are equal in God's eyes, but it stirs me to question why he was chosen since the way of the time is to favor the eldest son. But then again, God never was much for following trends :)
M&A's signs are matched by the Egyptian magicians so the plagues begin. The first is the bloody Nile--the magicians match this one again. Then come the frogs--which the magicians match AGAIN. Pharaoh gives and says that once they take away the frogs, he will let the people go. The frogs die, but Pharaoh backs out on his word. The passage mentions that the frogs are piled and heaped and wreak across the land. For some reason, I always though that they just disappeared, not died...GROSS. God then brings the gnats which the magicians cannot reproduce. After all this Pharaoh still says no. Next comes the flies. The difference between this plague and the others is that this is the first time the plague does not affect Goshen (where God's people are living). He wants to set them apart and make a distinction to prove He is the Lord. Pharaoh backs out on his word again and will not let the Israelites go. Next come the death of livestock, boils, and hail. The Hebrews are also saved from these afflictions. Pharaoh again tells Moses he will let the people go once he stops the plague... and again he goes back on his word.
This whole times it tells that Pharaoh is going back on his word because the Lord is "hardening his heart". I'm just wondering what the purpose in all of this is if God is causing the Egyptians to live in hell on earth, but also hardens their leaders heart to not end it all.
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