Then the LORD said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus said the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go…
I. THAT WICKED MEN OFTEN ACT IN REFERENCE TO THE CLAIM'S OF GOD IN SUCH A MANNER AS TO PROVOKE HIS JUDGMENTS.
II. THAT MEN WHO THUS REJECT THE CLAIM'S OF GOD OFTEN INVOLVE THE BRUTE CREATION IN PAIN AND WOE.
III. THAT THE MEN WHO THUS INVOLVE THE BRUTE CREATION IN PAIN AND SUFFERING ARE OFTEN UNMOVED BY THE DEVASTATION THEY OCCASION. "And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened." Lessons:
1. That the retribution of sin does not end with those who occasion it.
2. That the brute world is affected by the conduct of man.
3. That men should endeavour to banish pain from the universe by attention to the commands of heaven.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.