Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Exodus 9:13-19 NLT
[13] Then the LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh. Tell him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so they can worship me. [14] If you don’t, I will send more plagues on you and your officials and your people. Then you will know that there is no one like me in all the earth. [15] By now I could have lifted my hand and struck you and your people with a plague to wipe you off the face of the earth. [16] But I have spared you for a purpose—to show you my power and to spread my fame throughout the earth. [17] But you still lord it over my people and refuse to let them go. [18] So tomorrow at this time I will send a hailstorm more devastating than any in all the history of Egypt. [19] Quick! Order your livestock and servants to come in from the fields to find shelter. Any person or animal left outside will die when the hail falls.’”

Reflection . . .

Plague Seven: Hail

The sending of hail has significant meaning for us to understand. Such an event would have been utterly devestating. Hail was often seen as a judgement from the gods. While rain was seen as a blessing, hail was seen as the anger of a god upon a people or nation. God sent this plague upon the Egyptians to demonstrate not only his power, but his anger toward them for not freeing the Israelites. It was unlike any other hailstorm in their history, more devastating than anything they had experienced. Imagine how destructive hail can be to a crop, or the damage it can make to trees or a car if large enough and with strong winds. This hailstorm was unlike anything before. For hail to kill someone, it would have had to have been incredibly large and falling with great force!

Why a hailstorm? This storm would have instilled great fear into the people. It would have terrified them and caused them to want an end to all the plagues tormenting them. It’s no wonder the Egyptians willingly gave the Israelites their valuables as they were being led out into freedom. They would have gladly given up anything to be rid of these people and their God!

What is causing you great fear? Perhaps not a hailstorm, but something very disturbing or uncertain. Pray and ask for God’s help and direction. He will lead you to a place of faith and not fear. Place your trust in Him knowing that He has good plans for you.