(February 28, 2014)
There are hard lessons to be learned in these chapters. How many innocent children had to die to allow Israel to go free? Pharaoh, I imagine, knew exactly what was coming – Israel was leaving and was not coming back. That was why he wanted them to leave their cattle behind – he wanted to know what intentions Moses had for return. When Moses required bringing the cattle, Pharaoh likely knew what was coming.
Sometimes, in a similar fashion, we know plainly as day what is coming. We know what we need to do to step out of the way of the oncoming train. It would be only so easy to avoid the damage that we know is on its way – all we have to do is to not do what is right (even just this once). But instead, we need to bite the bullet, as Pharaoh could not, and accept that your worst fears were coming to pass but because they were the will of the Lord, you are not to stand in the way of His work.