And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me. Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast: Exodus 10:3-4
Heres a good question “How long will you refuse to humble yourself or repent to God?” This is the questioned posed by Moses to Pharaoh, this same question could be posed to millions, possibly billions today. When are you going to humble yourself before God? As the Bible says, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6)
The plague of locusts is a very destructive plague. The Prophet Joel talks about how God calls Locust his “Great Army” (Joel 2:25) The multitude of Locusts will cover the land and devour everything in its sight. Again we also see the parallel of the Exodus and Revelation, as Revelation 9 talks about the Locust from the bottomless pit.
And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed? And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh: and he said unto them, Go, serve the LORD your God: but who are they that shall go? Exodus 10:7-8
Notice Pharaohs response to this plague warning, he wasnt remorseful or humbled, he was just annoyed at all these plagues that God kept bring to Egypt. Its obvious Pharaoh didnt really have a change of heart, his heart was still hardened.
And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the LORD. And he said unto them, Let the LORD be so with you, as I will let you go, and your little ones: look to it; for evil is before you. Exodus 10:9-10
Even though Pharaoh said he would let the Israelites go and worship God, he’s already showing signs of deceit. As first he wanted Moses to tell him exactly who was going ,and then Pharaoh made a warning that evil would be upon the Israelites. Again its pretty clear , that Pharaoh hasnt really had a change of heart and is up to something
For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt. Exodus 10:15
Because of Pharaohs disobedience the plague of Locusts covered and devoured the land of Egypt. Nothing green remained alive anymore as the locusts have devoured any vegetation that wasn’t already destroyed by the plague of hail
Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and intreat the LORD your God, that he may take away from me this death only. Exodus 10:16-17
Again as soon as Pharaoh realize the consequences of his sin, he pretended to repent to God so take away this plague. However was this true repentance or was this again another false conversion by Pharaoh to get what he wants?
But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go. Exodus 10:20
Again God stood by his promise and took away the plague because of Pharaohs repentance, but then we see the same pattern. As soon as the storm cleared, Pharaoh changed his mind and wouldn’t allow the Israelites to go.
Now the mystery is Gods sovereignty vs Mans Free Will, as we see God hardened Pharaohs heart. Did Pharaoh really have the free will to repent? This is a question that has been debated for centuries, one thing we do know is God is always in complete control and we are responsible for our actions, so Yes and Yes
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. Revelation 9:3
Now when you study Revelation, you see that a plague of locusts come out of the bottomless pit during the fifth trumpet. Now I believe the locusts in Revelation are actually demons being released from Hell, while the locusts in Exodus are literal locusts. But there could be a foreshadowing in the Exodus that is revealing to us what will happen during the final judgement of Revelation
You can read my full commentary on Revelation at unashamedofjesus.org/revelation