“I will send all My plagues to your very heart, and on your servants and on your people, that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth. Now if I had stretched out My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, then you would have been cut off from the earth. But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” (Exodus 9:3-5)
Up until this time, Pharaoh may have seduced into thinking that Moses was just a very good magician — he was surrounded by those who practiced slight of hand. However, God makes it clear to him that the next plague would change that perception. The next plague, hail mingled with fire, would be the most severe that Egypt had thus far suffered. With the hail, the little food supply that remained would all but be eradicated. This next plague would serve to prove to Pharaoh that the God of the Hebrews was unique and was, indeed, the only God.
Through Moses he is told that he could have easily been killed before now but God has allowed him to live this long for a purpose. That purpose is he would be forced to proclaim God’s greatness to the world. He would finally realize that the LORD was supreme and all powerful. This reminds me of Yul Brynner’s famous line in the movie, The Ten Commandments. After retuning from the destruction of his entire army in the sea, he has to confess that,“The God of Moses is God.”
Other famous and some what notorious figures in Scripture were also compelled to acknowledge God’s greatness. The king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, had to confess that the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was the “Most High God” (Daniel 3:26). The king of Nineveh acknowledged God’s sovereignty and led his people in a demonstration of repentance (Jonah 3). The point is that, in the end, all will see and will confess that the LORD is God and there is no other. Some will do it gladly of their own volition. Unfortunately, some will do it only when they have exhausted all of their pride and their strength is gone. Still, all will have to confess that He is LORD.
Thankfully, there are people in this world who confess Him as LORD, today, because they love Him and desire to serve Him. They live in such a way that they testify of His greatness. As it has always been, it is through these people that others — some of this mighty as measured by the world’s standards — will come to know the greatness of our God. That is our duty; to bear witness of Him that others will come to know Him.
Blessings and Shalom,