And the LORD said to Moses and to Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace…
1. Upon former warnings despised, God falls suddenly, on the wicked with vengeance unawares.
2. Though God can plague His enemies without instruments, yet sometimes He will use them.
3. God gives command out of the ashes to bring fiery plagues on the wicked sometimes at His pleasure.
4. Hands full of ashes are to note full measure of vengeance on God's enemies.
5. Signal actions (as here the sprinkling ashes) God sometimes useth for men to see and fear.
6. God can make ashes dust, and dust boils, to plague His enemies.
7. God foretells His servants that His command obeyed shall not be in vain.
8. Man and beast are joined together in plagues when sinners are not warned by smiting beasts alone.
9. God giveth out threatenings of judgment for manner and measure as He will.
10. The botch or blain on Egypt is a memorable plague. God appropriates it (ver. 9).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh.