March 18, 2023
ONE MORE NIGHT
Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and begged, “Plead with the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people. I will let your people go, so they can offer sacrifices to the Lord.” “You set the time!” Moses replied. “Tell me when you want me to pray for you, your officials, and your people. Then you and your houses will be rid of the frogs. They will remain only in the Nile River.” “Do it tomorrow,” Pharaoh said. “All right,” Moses replied, “it will be as you have said. Then you will know that there is no one like the Lord our God. The frogs will leave you and your houses, your officials, and your people. They will remain only in the Nile River.”
Exodus 8:8-11 NLT
I have always thought this part of the story was very interesting. After God turned the water to blood Pharaoh still did not believe. So, the second plague was frogs everywhere. Pharaoh calls Moses and Aaron and begs them to take away the frogs. Moses asks when he wants the frogs to leave. Pharaoh says to do it tomorrow. Then Moses goes before the Lord and intercedes. The frogs all die, and the Egyptians gather them together in piles. The land stinks because of the dead frogs—but Pharaoh refuses to let the people go. What I find interesting is that Pharaoh ask for the frogs to be removed “tomorrow.” Why didn’t he ask about today? According to Bible scholars the Egyptians regarded frogs as having divine power. They worshipped a goddess Heqet who had the form of a woman with a frog’s head. Frogs were not to be killed. But why did Pharaoh want one more night with the frogs? Perhaps he thought the God of Moses would need 24 hours to get rid of such a massive invasion of frogs. Perhaps he was hoping they would just disappear on their own and he wouldn’t need God’s help. But it took intercession from Moses for the frogs to die. Notice that the consequences of the frog plague. Their death left a major clean-up problem and a stink throughout the land. I wonder sometimes if we delay God’s blessing on our lives by asking for “one more night with the frogs.” We want God to deliver us from our sin and addiction—but wait for one more day. We want God to transform us—but wait one more day. We choose to keep living in our bondage. God wants to prove that He is all powerful in our lives. He wants to show us His deliverance and freedom. When we exercise our faith and ask for deliverance He will step in and bring victory. But there may be some clean up afterwards.
Holy Spirit I don’t want to wait another 24 hours. I want my deliverance today. I want to live in freedom and remove every curse from my life. In Jesus name I speak freedom over me and my family.
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