One More Night with the Frogs

“Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, “Plead with the LORD to take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let the people go to sacrifice to the LORD.” Moses said to Pharaoh, “Be pleased to command me when I am to plead for you and for your servants and for your people, that the frogs be cut off from you and your houses and be left only in the Nile.” And he said, “Tomorrow.” Moses said, “Be it as you say, so that you may know that there is no one like the LORD our God. The frogs shall go away from you and your houses and your servants and your people. They shall be left only in the Nile.” So Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried to the LORD about the frogs, as he had agreed with Pharaoh. And the LORD did according to the word of Moses. The frogs died out in the houses, the courtyards, and the fields.” (Exodus 8:8-13, ESV)

This section comes from the description of the second plague that God brings upon Egypt: frogs. They are in everything – beds, ovens, food preparation areas, bathrooms, and even on people. When Pharaoh finally relents and says he will let Israel go, Moses asks him when he wants the frogs removed. Pharaoh responds, “Tomorrow.”

Tomorrow? Why tomorrow? If it were me I would be asking for them to be gone immediately if not sooner. Yet, Pharaoh asks for it to be done tomorrow. Unfortunately, many people are the same as Pharaoh. They will quickly clean such things as these frogs out of their house, but when it comes to something even more nasty they are willing to let it wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow they will take care of the drugs and alcohol. Tomorrow they will get rid of the dirty movies and books. Tomorrow they will work to get the sin out of their lives and be what God wants them to be. But tonight, they are going to be like Pharaoh and spend one more night with the frogs.

Are we like Pharaoh?

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