There are many accounts in the Bible that are interesting. Perhaps, one of the more interesting is the one about the various plagues that God sends upon the Egyptians as their Pharaoh refuses to allow the children of Israel to be released.
Reading this account brings up many different images to one’s mind. The enormity of each plague is a direct demonstration of the power of Jehovah God. He is all powerful and all wise, He gives the Pharaoh chance after chance to release His chosen people. Yet, Pharaoh does not relent. There is many things that one could put up with and survive. The second plague is one that has given me pause to consider how strange that must have been for those who endured it.
Exodus 8:2-6 2 “But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite your whole territory with frogs. 3 “The Nile will swarm with frogs, which will come up and go into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed, and into the houses of your servants and on your people, and into your ovens and into your kneading bowls. 4 “So the frogs will come up on you and your people and all your servants.”‘” 5 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the streams and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.'” 6 So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt.
It is hard to imagine that many frogs. Anywhere and everywhere one could have looked there were frogs. Hearing a few frogs may be a pleasant sound by which to fall asleep. But, imagine the deafening sound that must have been heard when God sent the plague of frogs. You cannot stand it, but you cannot escape the amphibians. Now if you were given a chance to have them all go away, would you?
No doubt you would. However, Pharaoh did not. In fact in Exodus 8:8-15 we are told that he asks for the frogs to be removed “tomorrow”, agreeing to release the Israelites. After God removes the frogs, he changes his mind and does not release God’s chosen people.
No explanation as to why Pharaoh wanted another night with the frogs. However, he did. He was indeed a stubborn man, in fact, he would not relent to Moses’ demand from the Lord until the tenth and final plague. Enduring eight more of them, along with his countrymen before finally allowing the Israelites to leave Egypt. And even then he changed his mind and pursued them, but failed miserably to recapture God’s people.
Unlike Pharaoh let us not desire to defy the Lord God. Instead, let us be obedient to Him in all things and in all ways. Please, never desire to be living without recognizing God as the authority in our lives for even one day or night.