Moses continues to protest but God as always prepares him for the rejection he will have to endure at the hands of Pharaoh.
So what is God doing here? He has the power to force Pharaoh to see sense and release the people of Israel. But he has also given us all free will to please ourselves, to accept or reject God. Pharaoh chooses the wrong option which has dire consequences as God releases the first of the plagues on the people of Egypt. Moses and Aaron, acting on the will of God turn the life-giving River Nile and every other source of water in the land into blood. This kills the fish and creates an awful smell.
Pharaoh still does not budge, but then he does believe that HE is the appointed divine sovereign in that land. Sadly, the Hebrews, having spent so long in Egypt, over 400 years, have also turned away from the God of Abraham and have become infected with the many pagan gods of Egypt.
This plague is a sign to them of God’s glory and power and provides them with an opportunity to listen to the message God has given his people through his servants Moses and Aaron.
God’s persistence pays off and reveals that He is a God of merciful forgiveness. Jesus teaches that we must too forgive not once, not seven times but every time. If we choose not to forgive then we can expect to be judged harshly on the day of judgement. If we do forgive, then we can expect mercy to be shown us and will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Scripture: Exodus 5:22-7:25; Matthew 18:21-19:12; Psalm 23:1-6; Proverbs 5:22-23