“A darkness that was felt” – WOW !!! The Lord sent a plague of darkness for 3 days to the Egyptians because of Pharaoh putting conditions upon the way he would let the Israelites slaves worship God. Belief with conditions is not something that should be held when bargaining with God. Darkness was imposed because of the conditions that Pharaoh placed, was not just darkness from light but distance from hope. I can’t imagine what the Egyptians felt, and this was after flies and frogs and lice and livestock death. God thru Moses was teaching Pharaoh a lesson about His all encompassing power and God was setting the stage for the release of all the slaves from Pharaoh’s grip.
Setting the stage – also done in darkness for musicals and plays – except there are footlights and markers on the floor. So darkness is not really darkness and our eyes adjust to look for the small light cues. The Israilite slaves who did worship and listen to God (mostly) had light for those 3 days. SO do we!
When have you felt darkness – have you felt distance from God? Is it an imposed darkness from Him or from you? Darkness that is to be navigated in life IS a darkness that is felt. Or when you have felt darkness, have you looked for small glimmers of hope and shards of light? Perhaps that is why one of the best scriptures in the bible is: “Walk by Faith, NOT by Sight.”
A friend told me once on a camping trip they were placed in complete darkness and then only given a birthday candle – a small birthday candle. but the LIGHT from that one small flame was SO BRIGHT – unbelievably bright. That is what faith in God brings – HOPE – LIGHT – A WAY – that is what Jesus brings – the WAY.
Don’t disregard God and end up in darkness. Feel your way to faith, listen and look, and you will see the Light.
The Plague of Darkness (Exodus 10:21-29)
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.” So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.
Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, “Go, worship the Lord. Even your women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and herds behind.”
But Moses said, “You must allow us to have sacrifices and burnt offerings to present to the Lord our God. Our livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind. We have to use some of them in worshiping the Lord our God, and until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the Lord.”
But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. 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.”
“Just as you say,” Moses replied. “I will never appear before you again.”