21 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Lift your hand toward heaven, and the land of Egypt will be covered with a darkness so thick you can feel it.” 22 So Moses lifted his hand to the sky, and a deep darkness covered the entire land of Egypt for three days. 23 During all that time the people could not see each other, and no one moved. But there was light as usual where the people of Israel lived.
24 Finally, Pharaoh called for Moses. “Go and worship the Lord,” he said. “But leave your flocks and herds here. You may even take your little ones with you.”
25 “No,” Moses said, “you must provide us with animals for sacrifices and burnt offerings to the Lord our God.26 All our livestock must go with us, too; not a hoof can be left behind. We must choose our sacrifices for the Lord our God from among these animals. And we won’t know how we are to worship the Lord until we get there.”
27 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart once more, and he would not let them go. 28 “Get out of here!” Pharaoh shouted at Moses. “I’m warning you. Never come back to see me again! The day you see my face, you will die!” 29 “Very well,” Moses replied. “I will never see your face again.”
This ninth plague joins the third and sixth plagues in coming without warning. One day instead of seeing the sun, the Egyptians are covered with darkness. Darkness so thick that they could feel it. Can you imagine? But not so in Goshen, the sun in shining brightly as indicated in the picture above.
Complete darkness for three long days, finally Pharaoh sends for Moses and presents one more compromise. Go…take the people with you, even your children, BUT leave the flocks and herds.
This is a problem because Pharaoh wants to give partial obedience…which is to be deceived. Just like a woman cannot be a little bit pregnant, a person cannot be partially obedient. A woman is either pregnant or not and we are either obedient or not. Don’t allow the enemy to deceive you into believing otherwise. God has spoken, His Word is His Word, and it is always to our blessing and benefit to obey.
1 John 5:3 (AMPC)
“For the [true] love of God is this: that we do His commands [keep His ordinances and
are mindful of His precepts and teaching]. And these orders of His are
not irksome (burdensome, oppressive, or grievous).”
In verses 28-29, we see Pharaoh threaten Moses as he dismisses him and tells the prophet to never come back to see him again or Moses will die. Moses replies, “very well, I will never see your face again.” Two different people with two different perspectives in what is being communicated. Pharaoh’s perspective is his supposed power and Moses’death. Moses perspective is God’s power and plan. Pharaoh would never see Moses come before him again with an offer of grace and mercy. But oh yes, Pharaoh would see Moses’ face again after he experiences the tenth plague. He, in fact, sends for Moses so he could finally submit, surrender, and obey in allowing the Israelites to leave Egypt.
It comes to my heart that there are some today who have dismissed the Lord himself. They have no interest in hearing His voice, seeing His face, or personal relationship. The enemy has deceived them into believing that they have the power to dismiss God and never see or hear from Him again just as Pharaoh thought he had the same power. Pharaoh will discover that these thoughts were a lie from Satan…so will every man who follows in his path.
“And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.”
“It is written: “As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before Me; every tongue will confess to God.” So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
Numbers 23:19 (NKJV)
“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”