Be careful what you say. Sometimes it can come true in your life in ways that you have not really planned on. The Lord sends a “darkness that could be felt” upon the land of Egypt. Pharaoh has to cave in, but he is still the tough negotiator, demanding that they not take their cattle. Moses refused to budge on his demand, and Pharaoh, in anger, tells Moses to get out and never come back. And he extends a threat. “On the day you see my face, you will surely die”.
Now Moses responds to this by declaring that what Pharaoh has just said will indeed come true in a way, but not in the way he thinks. Pharaoh will indeed never see Moses again, but not because Moses will die. Rather, the Egyptians are the ones who will die, when the 10th plague hits. Pharaoh thinks he is master of all he sees, but in God’s hands, he is a mere puppet. God can do with him as He wills, hardening his heart, ruining his land, bringing the pride of Egypt to its knees.
If it weren’t for all the evil and suffering that Pharaoh had perpetrated against God’s people we could almost feel sorry for him. But the best response we can have to a reading like this is to recognize the power and sovereignty of our God, and find a new reason to worship Him! Instead of defending the rights of sinful man, may we rejoice in the glory of the One who is our God. For He does all things amazingly well!