Last time we learned that God told Moses: “Go to Pharaoh! I am sending you to lead my people out of his country.”
But Moses was afraid and told God: “Who am I to go to Pharaoh and lead your people out of Egypt?
And God assured Moses that He would be with him. He also told Moses that: You will know that I am the one who sent you, when you worship me on this mountain after you have led my people out of Egypt.
So God sent Moses back to Egypt and Moses took his wife and sons, put each of them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.
When Moses approached Egypt, God sent his older brother Aaron to the wilderness to meet him. Moses was very happy to see him and told Aaron everything the Lord had commanded him to say.
When Moses and Aaron got back to Egypt they brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses.
Then Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh.
Moses told Pharaoh: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Let my people go.”
And Pharaoh answered: “Who is this Lord and why should I obey him? I refuse to let you and your people go!”
Well, Pharaoh didn’t want the Israelites to leave, because then he would lose his slaves. So he denied God’s demand, and would not release the Hebrews.
Pharaoh was so angry that he gave orders that same day to the slave drivers and the overseers in charge of the people. He said, “Don’t give the people any more straw to make bricks. Let them go and get their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before.
Don’t lower the number they have to make. They are lazy. That’s why they are crying out, ‘Let us go. We want to offer sacrifices to our God.’ Make them work harder. Then they will be too busy to pay attention to lies.”
Because of Pharaoh’s disobedience, God brought ten plagues upon the people of Egypt. Before each one, Moses warned Pharaoh what would happen. Moses told him the disasters were being sent by God. But each time, Pharaoh hardened his heart and refused to see that the God of Israel was much more powerful than any of the gods that the Egyptians worshipped.
So Moses and Aaron did exactly as the Lord had commanded them. Moses was 80 years old and Aaron was 83 when they spoke to Pharaoh.
The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron. He said, “Pharaoh will say to you, ‘Do a miracle.’ When he does, speak to Aaron. Tell him, ‘Take your walking stick and throw it down in front of Pharaoh.’ It will turn into a snake.”
So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh. They did exactly as the Lord had commanded them. Aaron threw the stick down in front of Pharaoh and his officials. It turned into a snake. Then Pharaoh sent for wise men and people who do evil magic. By doing their magic tricks, the Egyptian magicians did the same things Aaron had done. Each one threw down his walking stick. Each stick turned into a snake.
But Aaron’s walking stick swallowed theirs up.
In spite of that, Pharaoh became stubborn. He wouldn’t listen to them, just as the Lord had said. So hear are the other plagues God sent to Egypt.
So one morning Moses and Aaron met Pharaoh at the river Nile.
And Aaron held out his staff in front of Pharaoh and his officials. He struck the water of the Nile River.
And all the water turned into blood. The fish in the Nile died. The river smelled so bad the Egyptians couldn’t drink its water. There was blood everywhere in Egypt.
But Pharaoh still said no, I will not let Israel go free.
Seven day passed after the river turned into blood and now Moses told Pharaoh that the river and the land will be covered with frogs!
But Pharaoh was stubborn and his heart was hard and after the frogs had all died he said: No again!
Moses said to Pharaoh: The air will be filled with gnats and flies!
Pharaoh did not budge and again he said: No!
Then Moses told him that: Your animals will die,
and your people will be covered with boils.
But Pharaoh said: I will not release Israel.
Moses warned Pharaoh that hail would come and destroy everything in the land.
But Pharaoh’s answer was: No
Then Moses told him that: Locusts will ravage your crops.
And the answer was NO again.
Moses told Pharaoh that darkness will descend over the whole land.
Pharaoh: I will not let Israel go!
Finally the last plague came which was the worst of all.
The Lord had spoken to Moses and He had said, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you and your people go.
When he does, he will drive every one of you away. Tell the men and women alike to ask their neighbors for things made out of silver and gold.
Take the blood of a lamb and smear it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of your houses. I will pass through Egypt and kill the first-born son in every family, and the first-born male of all animals. I am the Lord, and I will punish the gods of Egypt. The blood on the houses will show me where you live, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. Then you won’t be struck by the terrible disasters I will bring on Egypt.
So at midnight the Lord killed the first-born son of every Egyptian family,
from the son of Pharaoh to the son of every prisoner in jail. He also killed the first-born male of every animal that belonged to the Egyptians.
That night Pharaoh, his officials, and everyone else in Egypt got up and started crying bitterly. In every Egyptian home, someone was dead.
During the night, Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron. He said to them, “Get out of here! You and the Israelites, leave my people! Go. Worship the Lord, just as you have asked. Go. Take your sheep, goats, and cattle, and get out.
The Hebrews knew they must leave Egypt quickly. They took all their belongings and followed Moses.
A little while later Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them. They said, “What have we done? We’ve let the people of Israel go! We’ve lost our slaves and all the work they used to do for us!”
So he had his chariot made ready. He took his army with him and went after them.
* * * * * * *
Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened next.
Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.
* * * * * * *
* * * * * * *