E X O D U S
In this chapter, I. The dispute between God and
Moses finishes, and Moses applies himself to the execution of his
commission, in obedience to God's command, ver. 1-7. II. The dispute between Moses and
Pharaoh begins, and a famous trial of skill it was. Moses, in God's
name, demands Israel's release; Pharaoh denies it. The contest is
between the power of the great God and the power of a proud prince;
and it will be found, in the issue, that when God judgeth he will
overcome. 1. Moses confirms the demand he had made to Pharaoh, by a
miracle, turning his rod into a serpent; but Pharaoh hardens his
heart against this conviction, ver.
8-13. 2. He chastises his disobedience by a plague, the
first of the ten, turning the waters into blood; but Pharaoh
hardens his heart against this correction, ver. 14, &c.