"The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth." Psalm 33:13-14
Text: Exodus 9 : 27-29
CHECKING OUT THE DEVASTATION OF EGYPT
Did Pharaoh have reports from his officers concerning the hailstorm that ravaged the land? In all probability, yes! Pharaoh knew that once again, he had to summon the spokesman of this great God of the Hebrews!
ADMISSION OF SIN
Seven terrifying plagues had to be sent before Pharaoh could make the following statement to Moses!
“And Pharaoh sent and called for Moses and Aaron,
and said to them, ‘I have sinned this time.
The LORD is righteous, and my people and I are wicked.'”
The devastation was too vast and too daunting even for hard-hearted Pharaoh! He acknowledged that he and his people had sinned against the Lord by not letting His people go!
AN URGENT PLEA
Pharaoh quickly added a request. Could Moses pray to his God to stop the hailstorm?
“Entreat the LORD, that there may be no more
mighty thundering and hail, for it is enough.
I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer.”
Pharaoh’s admission of guilt and sin was motivated by the hope that Moses would intercede on his behalf. Mighty Pharaoh himself had been daunted by the plague of hail!
A GRACIOUS WORD FROM MOSES
Moses did not gloat at any time. He knew better than that! It would have been wicked of Moses if he lorded it over the Egyptians at this time – or at any time!
“So Moses said to him, ‘As soon as I have gone out
of the city, I will spread out my hands to the LORD;
the thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail,
that you may know that the earth is the LORD’s.'”
1. A God who answers prayer
Moses wanted Pharaoh to know that his God answered prayers! He took an active interest in the lives of His people!
2. “The earth is the LORD’s”
Moses wanted to emphasis this! The earth belonged to God not Pharaoh.