Sunday, July 11, 2004

Exodus 9

Three more plagues arrive, with some slight variations from Exodus 8 on how they arrive. For the plague of livestock, the Lord sets the time, just as He allowed Pharaoh to set the time for the removal of the frogs. The Israelites are not touched. assigns Andjety and Apis as the Egyptian livestock gods.

The plague of boils probably hit just the Egyptians, but the text is not unambiguous. The text emphasizes that even the magicians were unable to stand before this plague, though presumably they stood before the preceding ones.

The plague of hail is given 21 lines, making it the longest description of a plague in Exodus. Based on which crops were ripe, Jamieson places the plague in February. God threatens that he has been taking it easy on the Egyptians, and they should take a hint. At this point, some Egyptians have learned enough to fear the Lord, so when Moses warns them that their slaves and animals will die from the hail about to come, they get them indoors. Amazingly, some still don't even fear God and so their slaves and animals die. The flax and barley were destroyed. And, of course, the Israelites in Goshen were spared. In this chapter, Pharaoh makes an insincere confession of sin to get Moses to lift the plague. In so doing, he makes himself fully responsible for the devastation that follows.


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