Plague 5: Diseased livestock

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Exodus 9
“Go back to Pharaoh,” the Lord commanded Moses. “Tell him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so they can worship me.
If you continue to hold them and refuse to let them go, the hand of the Lord will strike all your livestock—your horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep, and goats—with a deadly plague. But the Lord will again make a distinction between the livestock of the Israelites and that of the Egyptians. Not a single one of Israel’s animals will die! The Lord has already set the time for the plague to begin. He has declared that he will strike the land tomorrow.’”

And the Lord did just as he had said. The next morning all the livestock of the Egyptians died, but the Israelites didn’t lose a single animal.Pharaoh sent his officials to investigate, and they discovered that the Israelites had not lost a single animal! But even so, Pharaoh’s heart remained stubborn, and he still refused to let the people go.

This time we see the Lord strike all the livestock in the field (NKJV) with a deadly disease. Once again, He made a distinction between Israel and the Egyptians. The time was already set and on the next day morning God proved faithful to His Word without the first animal belonging to Israel dead. You would think Pharaoh would get it by now. This effects the Egyptian economy which depended on these animals. The Lord is proving that He is greater than the Egyptian gods…none of it makes any difference. Pharaoh is making his choice. 

It is a choice that every man must make. I’d rather be like Joshua who said, “But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve… But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).”


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