These plagues are supposed to remind us of the exodus. Also, the hardened hearts (like Pharaoh’s) which don’t acknowledge God, even when He’s painfully obvious.
It’s a baffling and ballsy move, we humans regularly make, to defy God. Since the beginning, mankind took in their limited perspective and information and thought, “Mmmmm… I’ll be the judge of that.”
Playing the judge, or deciding whether or not to submit to Our Own Creator is the natural inclination making the least sense. We can admit we don’t see the full picture. We can acknowledge the limitations of our perspective or even sometimes own our bias, and still want to make the call. We want control.
Nothing like a global pandemic halting travel, crashing markets and closing public places to remind us of control. Reading about plagues right now packs a different punch. We’re at the mercy of God and each other. How’s that going to go? What do we have control over, besides ourselves and our own choice of reaction?
What sort of control issues do you struggle with? Does it give you peace or anxiety when you consider being at the mercy of God? Do you feel yourself getting stubborn like the folks in 16:9, or can you join this chorus?:
“Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED.” (15:3-4)