“Then Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh. I have hardened his heart and the heart of his officials, in order that I may show these signs of mine among them. You may tell your children and grandchildren how I have made fools of the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, so that you may know I am Yahweh.”
Yahweh said to Moses that his children and grandchildren will learn how he made fools of the Egyptians. They will learn about the many signs that Yahweh did in Egypt. He is Yahweh, the all powerful God.
“So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh, and said to him, ‘Thus says Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews, how long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may worship me. If you refuse to let my people go by tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country. They shall cover the surface of the land, so that no one will be able to see the land. They shall devour the last remnant left to you after the hail. They shall devour every tree of yours that grows in the field. They shall fill your houses, and the houses of all your officials and of all the Egyptians. Something that neither your parents nor your grandparents have seen, from the day they came on earth to this day.’ Then he turned and went out from Pharaoh.”
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and told him that tomorrow locusts would cover the land, a not uncommon occurrence in the Middle East. The locusts would finish off whatever was left over from the hail destruction. This would be worse than anything their parents or grandparents ever saw.
“Pharaoh’s officials said to him, ‘How long shall this fellow be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship Yahweh their God. Do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined?’ So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. He said to them, ‘Go, worship Yahweh your God! But which ones are to go?’ Moses said, ‘We will go with our young and our old. We will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds, because we have Yahweh’s festival to celebrate.’ He said to them, ‘Yahweh indeed will be with you, if ever I let your little ones go with you! Plainly, you have some evil purpose in mind. No, never! Your men may go and worship Yahweh, for that is what you are asking.’ They were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence.”
Now the officials of Pharaoh, were saying, let this guy go and leave us alone. There is grumbling among Pharaoh’s officials. Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. Who should go to worship in the wilderness? Moses wanted everybody to go, but Pharaoh said that the men may go and worship Yahweh, but not the others. No solution yet, so they were driven out of Pharaoh’s presence.
“Then Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt so that the locusts may come upon it and eat every plant in the land, all that the hail has left.’ So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and Yahweh brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night. When morning came, the east wind had brought the locusts. The locusts came upon all the land of Egypt, and settled on the whole country of Egypt, such a dense swarm of locusts as had never been before, nor ever shall be again. They covered the surface of the whole land, so that the land was black. They ate all the plants in the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Nothing green was left, no tree, no plant in the field, in all the land of Egypt. Pharaoh hurriedly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, ‘I have sinned against Yahweh, your God, and against you. Do forgive my sin just this once, and pray to Yahweh your God that at least he might remove this deadly thing from me.’ So he went out from Pharaoh, and prayed to Yahweh. Yahweh changed the wind into a very strong west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the country of Egypt. But Yahweh hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.”
Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and Yahweh brought an east wind that brought the locusts. These locusts devastated the land so that Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said that he was sinner against Yahweh and them. Moses said okay and asked Yahweh to send a west wind to take all the locusts away. Guess what, the hard hearted Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go.