Notes on the Exodus (103)

“Exposing the Exodus”

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The Destroying Locusts   (Chapter 10 Verses 10-20)

Now there is unrest in Pharaoh’s inner cabinet, they want a change of policy (v7). Don’t miss the affect all these judgments are having on the fabric of the nation. Egypt is already destroyed, it’s economy is bust (v7b). So the king recalls Moses thinking that he can bargain with God’s servant. The man still believes he has real power, the incredible stubborn of man’s fallen nature. He is oblivious to the reality that the nation is in bits. It reminds me of the scenes portraying Adolph Hitler in his bunker during his last days, yet convinced he can win the war. Now Moses is dismissed from Pharaoh’s presence with threats (v10). It seems that he is giving permission for the men to go but not the little ones (v11). And so the inevitable judgment follows (v12-15). A density of locusts such as had never been seen before, “nor ever will be again” (v14). The memory of these plagues lingered in Israel for centuries to come, many feared as a result. “He spoke, and the locusts came, young locusts without number, which devoured all the vegetation in their land and ate up the fruit of their ground” (Psalm 105:34-35). Our past follies are always repeated by forgetting the past, another good reason for educating our children history and its importance. The locusts, God’s pests (v12-15). They are mentioned again throughout redemptive history, instruments of God’s holy displeasure. Here they are innumerable like an invading army, such is the density of the swarms they would have darkened the skies over Egypt. The females would deposit their eggs on the earth, then the young would hatch producing a fearful number, more and more. “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1:28-32).

Think of what this destruction must have been like. Everywhere you walk there is the squelching of these creatures under your feet. Everywhere you look there is not an iota of green to be seen anywhere. Think of the hardship families would have faced, businesses, banks, employment, Egypt is at a standtill, utterly bankrupt. Never in anyone’s lifetime in that generation would they ever see anyting like prosperity. This is the cost of rejecting God. Every form of unbelief is a pursuit of death. How the mighty has fallen. Do you remember Egypt of old, so very prosperous under the wise governance of Joseph. Yes, they once prospered at the hands of the people that they have now become the persecutors of. It’s obvious that history wasn’t taught in Egypt’s schools and colleges. Or maybe the revisionist tripe that’s fed our younger generation today in Britain. Remember the awesome respect Egypt had for Joseph and his family? When his father Jacob died he was given a state funeral. Look at Egypt now! Do you see the parallel with our own nation? The Christians brought the gospel to these shores, and we prospered. Again and again we were delivered from our enemies. We sent missionaries out into the four corners of the world, and prospered other nations. We sent the gospel to America and the result was a great and mighty country as we’ve seen in past days. But now the entire West is in the grip of the same Pharaoh-like stubborn godlesslessness. Now we are already facing decline. Now the army of anti-Christian forces are on the move invading the whole of Europe and the USA. Will our end be as Egypt’s was? Total destruction, is that what we are faced with? Only a renewed committement of faith will save us (1John 5:4). In the true and living God I mean. God must come, he must deliever us. We must turn him from his fierce anger, plead with him to show mercy, who knows, perhaps it’s not too late yet.

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)
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