Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh again, threatening him with locusts this time. Pharaoh offers to allow only the men to go and worship, but Moses declines. As a result, locusts swarm Egypt and devour everything.
Next came the darkness, which blanketed Egypt for three days. This time, Pharaoh is willing to release the women but not the livestock, and Moses remains firm in his refusal. Pharaoh becomes irritated and instructs Moses never to see his face again. Moses responds, ‘As you wish, I will never appear before you again
7. Then Pharaoh’s servants said to him, “How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God. Do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined?”
The plagues are reaching their peak. The plagues of locusts and darkness have symbolic meanings: locusts represent destruction and consuming force, while darkness symbolizes the spiritual blindness and moral obscurity of Egypt under Pharaoh’s rule. These plagues also illustrate the power and determination of God in liberating His people
This chapter marks one the last encounter between Moses and Pharaoh. It’s an intriguing psychological battle between Pharaoh and Moses, and one might wonder why Pharaoh doesn’t simply try to have Moses killed. The key difference is that Moses possesses the power of God, ultimately giving him control.