10: Eighth & Nine Plagues
EIGHTH PLAGUE: Locusts
NINTH PLAGUE: Plague of Darkness
EIGHTH PLAGUE: Locusts
the Lord said to Moses, “Go
to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his
officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them
that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt
harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among
them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.”
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what
the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘ How
long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let
my people go, so that they may worship me.
you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country
will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They
will devour what little you have left after the hail, including
every tree that is growing in your fields.
will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all
the Egyptians—something neither your parents nor your ancestors
have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now.'”
Then Moses turned and left Pharaoh.
in the court
officials said to him, “How long will this man be a snare to us?
Let the people go, so that they may worship the Lord their God.
Do you not yet realize that Egypt is ruined?”
Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. “Go, worship the
Lord your God,” he said. “But tell me who will be going.”
answered, “We will go with our young and our old, with our sons
and our daughters, and with our flocks and herds, because we are
to celebrate a festival to the Lord.”
said, “The Lord be with you—if I let you go, along with your women
and children! Clearly you are bent on evil.
Have only the men go and worship the Lord, since that's what you
have been asking for.” Then Moses and Aaron were driven
out of Pharaoh's presence.
the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that
locusts swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the
fields, everything left by the hail.”
Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the Lord made an
east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night.
By morning the wind had brought the locusts;
invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country
in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of
locusts, nor will there ever be again.
covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that
was left after the hail—everything growing in the fields and the
fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in
all the land of Egypt.
quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against
the Lord your God and against you.
forgive my sin once more and pray to the Lord your God to take
this deadly plague away from me.”
then left Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord.
the Lord changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught
up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea. Not a locust
was left anywhere in Egypt.
the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart , and he would
not let the Israelites go.
Again the mini sub-headings should give a sense of actions.
The big statement of verses 1 & 2 stands out as the Lord openly
declares again His purpose.
Moses question in v.3 is very much in Pharaoh's face and Moses
is obviously becoming more bold as the plagues progress.
The denuding of the countryside by the locusts [v.5] must have
made the destruction by the hail seem fairly minor by comparison,
and their shear numbers penetrating even into homes must have
been frightening as well as unpleasant.
There is no mention of Israel and in the light of them having
been saved from the previous plagues one might assume that is
true here, as it will be in the next one. The fact that the locusts
will be clearing up the fields affected by the hail, implies not
the grassland of Goshen that had not been affected by hail.
The impending devastation of the country is seen by Pharaoh's
officials as utterly ruining the country and they are now pleading
with Pharaoh [v.7] to let Israel go.
Pharaoh's intransigence must surely verge on madness in the light
of the way these plagues have so obviously come from the all-powerful
with warnings accurately given as what will happen each time,
the intensity of the plagues clearly increasing,
Israel being protected from the fourth plague onwards.
must stand as one of history's greatest examples of human pride,
bolstered no doubt by demonic occult activity. It is little wonder
that God wants to bring an end to this reign that must be imposing
fear and superstition on God's world that was never intended.]
NINTH PLAGUE: Plague of Darkness
the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky
so that darkness spreads over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.”
Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total
darkness covered all Egypt for three days.
– Israel in the light
one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all
the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.
Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, “Go, worship the Lord. Even your
women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and
Moses said, “You must allow us to have sacrifices and burnt offerings
to present to the Lord our God.
livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind.
We have to use some of them in worshiping the Lord our God, and
until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship
& Utter rejection
the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he was
not willing to let them go.
said to Moses, “Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear
before me again! The day you see my face you will die.”
as you say,” Moses replied. “I will never appear before you again.”
This was a supernatural darkness that could be felt
[v.21] and brought life to a halt. Yes, Israel are still unaffected
and are in the light.
We should note the intensity of the developing plagues: 1. Blood
– static unpleasant. 2. Frogs – moving unpleasant and then unpleasant
piles of dead frogs. 3. Gnats – irritatingly unpleasant. 4. Flies
– even more irritatingly unpleasant. 5. Death of Livestock – hits
the pocket. Financial catastrophe. 6. Boils – hits each person
physically and very personally. 7. Hail – another financial catastrophe
[v.25]. 8. Locusts – another scary, very unpleasant, and inconvenient
financial catastrophe. 9. Darkness – total shutdown of life. Bit
by bit the increasing severity of these plagues impacts the country
more and more.]
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