But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. 28 Pharaoh said to Moses, “Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die.”
29 “Just as you say,” Moses replied. “I will never appear before you again.”
‘No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.’ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
On occasions, the worst thing that could happen to a person would be for them to get what they wanted; to receive that for which they asked.
“And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul” (Ps.106:15 KJV).
As we will see, Moses (and Aaron) were not be involved in the final plague. They would not be intervening (at God’s behest) to stop this one. Pharaoh, and the Egyptians, were going to have to deal directly with God Himself. Pharaoh was going to get what he desired. But when it came to it, would it really be what he wanted?
Today’s reading reminded me of C.S.Lewis’ words, to the effect that in the final analysis there are only two types of people. There are those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done’, and those to whom God says, ‘Thy will be done!’