Exodus 8:1 “And the Lord spoke to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: ‘Let My people go, that they may serve Me.'”
Understanding: In this verse, God instructs Moses to approach Pharaoh once more. He urges Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery so they can worship Him. The stage is set for another confrontation between God’s power and Pharaoh’s stubbornness.
The Plague of Frogs
Exodus 8:2-4 “But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all your territory with frogs. So the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into your house, into your bedroom, on your bed, into the houses of your servants, on your people, into your ovens, and into your kneading bowls. And the frogs shall come up on you, on your people, and on all your servants.”
Understanding: God warns of a plague of frogs if Pharaoh remains obstinate. This plague would inundate Egypt with frogs, invading every corner, including their homes and even their beds. The severity of the plague is a consequence of Pharaoh’s continued refusal.
Pharaoh’s Request and Promise
Exodus 8:8 “Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, ‘Entreat the Lord that He may take away the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the Lord.'”
Understanding: Overwhelmed by the plague, Pharaoh requests Moses and Aaron’s intervention. He promises to release the Israelites if God removes the frogs. This demonstrates the power of God’s plagues in persuading Pharaoh to relent temporarily.
Encouragement to Read NKJV
The New King James Version (NKJV) faithfully conveys the Bible’s message while maintaining its eloquent and timeless language. Reading Exodus 8 can deepen your understanding of biblical events and their significance.