Hail, the Lord God!

The seventh plague is the plague of hail. This is the first plague in the third cycle. Again, Moses rises up early in the morning (cf. 7:15 in the first, and 8:20 in the fourth). In the third cycle of plagues, the ante is up. Death makes its first appearance with this plague. Notice that the Lord tips His hand. He tells Pharaoh exactly why He is doing all this (9:16, quoted in Romans 9:17). What is remarkable here in this plague, however, is that the Lord provides a way of escape in verse 19. Those who wished could escape this judgment. We read of many people in the actual exodus going with the Israelites. They were not Israelites, but went up with them (see 12:37-38). So, even now, the strand of Egypt’s redemption has started, and will end with Egypt being God’s people (Is 19:19-25, noted by Ryken, p. 283), when Jesus the Messiah comes to save His people from their sins.

Pharaoh does not really repent. He says “this time,” but what about all the other times he has sinned? He should have confessed his sin directly to God, and begged forgiveness.

The message is dire for us today, since a greater plague awaits those who will not trust in the way of escape, Jesus Christ. See this plague described in Revelation 16:17-21. Only this time, the hail will be far more severe than the Egyptian plague, the hailstones being about 100 pounds each. And God will offer no chance of escape this time, either. There wilol not be two possible reactions of getting out from under God’s judgment versus undergoing God’s judgment. There will only be the hardness of heart that curses God because of the plague. Repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ!

The pictures above are of Tefnut, the goddess of moisture, and Shu, the supporter of the heavens, both of which gods were utterly defeated by the Lord God of Israel.


  1. Dean said,

    August 31, 2007 at 4:22 pm


    I had missed that aspect that some Egyptians also went with the Isrealites.

    We talked about this briefly in BS and named Ruth, Rahab, and Ninavah as examples of gentiles. Who are the other examples in the OT?

  2. greenbaggins said,

    August 31, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Uriah the Hittite, Joseph’s wife Aseneth (if that was her name), the Gibeonites.

  3. Mark T. said,

    August 31, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    If I follow the question correctly, would Jethro the priest of Midian fit in this category?

  4. jared said,

    August 31, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    The interpretation of Revelation 16 is a little too “dispy” for my tastes…

  5. greenbaggins said,

    September 1, 2007 at 8:52 am

    “Dispy?” I am the farthest thing from dispy on Revelation, Jared. The point is that the imagery from that chapter is way too obviously dependent on Exodus 9 for us to conclude that John had anything else in his mind when writing it. What it will actually look like is anyone’s guess.

  6. Mark T. said,

    September 1, 2007 at 9:12 am


    Jared is a loyal monkey boy longing to earn his wings and join the flying monkeys in defense of the little man behind the curtain (LMBC). So to earn brownie points, he must fling monkey clumps wherever possible, which, in this instance, means opposing a futuristic interpretation of Revelation because it is not preterist and therefore not postmillennial — that point in time when the LMBC shall rule for ever and ever.

    Thank you.

  7. Bedell said,

    September 1, 2007 at 10:52 am

    This idealist likes Lane’s take.

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