SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- God tells Moses to go back to Pharaoh and once again ask for his people to be set free so they can worship God for a festival. But God warns Moses that Pharaoh will not listen to him.
- Pharaoh's advisors plead to Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, and it seems they have some effect on Pharaoh for he finally agrees to let just the male Israelites go.
- Because Pharaoh won't cooperate fully, he sends locusts across Egypt. Pharaoh begs Moses to do something, so Moses asks God to stop the plague and he does. However, Pharaoh quickly goes back to his hard-hearted ways.
- God sends another plague to torment Egypt for their unwillingness to obey him. This time, darkness covers Egypt so that people couldn't even move it was so dark. But the Bible tells us, keeping with previous examples, darkness only covered where the Egyptians lived, not where God's people lived.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- God is such a perfect and amazing God that He will be glorified. That means that no matter what, God can make all circumstances show just how just and loving He is.
- When we decide to go against God's will, there are often consequences we will have to deal with.
- When we repent, God forgives us.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- How can you see God working in your life? In what situations can you see him drawing you to him? Even in tough circumstances, we can often still see God working.
- God sometimes uses difficulties to get our attention. Is God trying to get your attention in a certain area of your life? God doesn't just want part of us, but all of us.
- It is never too late to repent and turn to God. The Bible teaches that God is patient and he waits on us to choose to follow him.