Exodus 9:13-35: A severe hailstorm strikes the Egyptians, and Moses warns the king that he, along with his officials and people, will also be punished. The flax and barley crops are destroyed. Once again, the king asks Moses to pray to the LORD and promises to let the Israelites go.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: EXODUS 9:30
[Moses said to the king:] “I know that you and your officials do not yet fear the LORD God.”
13The Lord then said to Moses, “Early tomorrow morning meet with the king and tell him that the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says, ‘Let my people go, so that they may worship me.14This time I will punish not only your officials and your people, but I will punish you as well, so that you may know that there is no one like me in all the world.15If I had raised my hand to strike you and your people with disease, you would have been completely destroyed.16 But to show you my power I have let you live so that my fame might spread over the whole world.17Yet you are still arrogant and refuse to let my people go.18This time tomorrow I will cause a heavy hailstorm, such as Egypt has never known in all its history.19Now give orders for your livestock and everything else you have in the open to be put under shelter. Hail will fall on the people and animals left outside unprotected, and they will all die.’”20Some of the king’s officials were afraid because of what the Lord had said, and they brought their slaves and animals indoors for shelter.21Others, however, paid no attention to the Lord’s warning and left their slaves and animals out in the open.
22Then the Lord said to Moses, “Raise your hand toward the sky, and hail will fall over the whole land of Egypt—on the people, the animals, and all the plants in the fields.”23So Moses raised his stick toward the sky, and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and lightning struck the ground. The Lord sent24 a heavy hailstorm, with lightning flashing back and forth. It was the worst storm that Egypt had ever known in all its history.25All over Egypt the hail struck down everything in the open, including all the people and all the animals. It beat down all the plants in the fields and broke all the trees.26The region of Goshen, where the Israelites lived, was the only place where there was no hail.
27The king sent for Moses and Aaron and said, “This time I have sinned; the Lord is in the right, and my people and I are in the wrong.28Pray to the Lord! We have had enough of this thunder and hail! I promise to let you go; you don’t have to stay here any longer.”
29Moses said to him, “As soon as I go out of the city, I will lift up my hands in prayer to the Lord. The thunder will stop, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth belongs to the Lord.30But I know that you and your officials do not yet fear the Lord God.”
31The flax and the barley were ruined, because the barley was ripe, and the flax was budding.32But none of the wheat was ruined, because it ripens later.
33Moses left the king, went out of the city, and lifted up his hands in prayer to the Lord. The thunder, the hail, and the rain all stopped.34When the king saw what had happened, he sinned again. He and his officials remained as stubborn as ever35and, just as the Lord had foretold through Moses, the king would not let the Israelites go.
Moses’s announcement about the forthcoming hailstorm allowed time for people to seek shelter for themselves and their livestock (verse 19). Others, however, disregarded the warning (verse 21). What consequence did they face? What part of the land had no hail (verse 26)? What did the king say to Moses and Aaron (verses 27 and 28)? After Moses prayed and the storm ceased, what did the king do (verses 34 and 35)?
Lord God, when the storms of life come my way, I know that I can seek safety in the shelter of your love. I lift up my voice in prayer and thank and praise you for your faithfulness and ever-present care. Amen.
Those living in areas threatened by storms
Exodus 10:1-20: Locusts devour all the plants in Egypt.
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