The battle of the gods continues. Notice:
- God is exalted – God sends frogs. The magicians helpfully send more! God sends gnats, but the magicians cannot. They tell Pharaoh that “This is the finger of God.” Indeed the magicians cannot mimic any more of God’s plagues. Instead, the plague of boils comes upon them so that they can longer stand against Moses. The representatives of the Egyptians gods are defeated, showing the defeat of the gods too. None can best God’s awesome power. And by his power, he is exalted in Egypt. Ponder the great power of God, and stop to worship.
- Humility – In the face of God’s power, Pharaoh should have humbled himself, but he refused. Instead, Pharaoh continued to exalt himself (9:17, 10:3). In what ways are you exalting yourself? How do you need to humble yourself before the LORD?
- God’s sovereignty and man’s choice – Again and again, we read that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. God is sovereign over all. And yet we also read that Pharaoh hardened his own heart. Pharaoh could not blame God; he was responsible for his own choices. God is sovereign in your life, but you can’t blame God for your poor choices. What bad choices do you need to repent of? What choices are before you today?