[CF Devotionals] 2018-06-03 - The Plague of Political Correctness

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The Plague on Livestock

    The plagues, up to now, have fallen directly on the people of Egypt, though indirectly the fish got it earlier, with the turning of the Nile to blood. Now a plague fell directly on the animals and indirectly on the people.

    Once more, Moses went to Pharaoh and told him to let the people go. If he continued to refuse, then another plague would fall. This time it was to fall on all of the livestock, horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep, and goats. As with the previous plague, the Lord intended to make a distinction between Egyptians and Hebrews. The plague was one that would lead to the death of the livestock, but none of the animals that belong to the Israelites would die. Once again, God intended to show He was in control of all things, and the Pharaoh would have to listen to Him at some point. But sadly, this wasn’t it.

    As in the earlier situation, the Lord also told the King the timing of the plague, the next day, so he wouldn’t be able to claim it was coincidence. It is interesting that at no time, does the Pharaoh deny God is involved, the reality of the plagues, or the failure of his own magicians. He simply had no intent of obeying God.

    The reaction of the Pharaoh is very similar to those under God’s judgment during the Tribulation.

    “The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts” (Revelation 9:20–21 ESV).

    We are once again reminded that there are many people who simply have no interest in Truth. They will reject anything that smacks of God or His call.

    Just as the Lord promised, all the animals in the land died. The gods possibly attacked here were “Hathor, goddess with a cow head; Apis, the bull god, symbol of fertility.” 3 The people saw the bulls and cows, symbols of their gods, die.

    By the way, it may not be reading too much into the situation to say since Pharaoh would not allow the Children of Israel to sacrifice their bulls and goats to God, now He sacrifices the bulls and goats of Egypt to Himself.

    The King checked out the land of Goshen, to see if the Hebrew’s livestock were spared. Sure enough, they were, but the only result of God’s work was that once again, Pharaoh hardened his heart. He would not let the people go.

    1. Hannah, John D., The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Volume 1, “Exodus,” Victor Books, Wheaton, IL., 1986, p. 120.

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