Because Pharaoh refused to release God’s people, all of the Egyptian livestock died, but none of the Israelite livestock perished. Moses then threw soot into the air, and both animals and people became covered with boils. God warned that He would send the worst storm ever, with massive hailstones. This occurred, and all who were left outside in the hail perished. Despite these hardships, Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened, and he still did not allow Moses to lead his people out.
16. But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.
God could have destroyed Egypt in a single blow. He was supremely more powerful than anything in Egypt. So, why did He opt for these prolonged and drawn-out plagues? This chapter provides the answer. God raised up Egypt to demonstrate His power and to glorify His name.
Often, we wonder why God allows certain things to occur in the world. I usually believe that they somehow fit into God’s plan. The example of Egypt is just one illustration of how events can be part of God’s plan in ways we might not always anticipate.