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Daily Devotional

God Shows His Mercy

Read Exodus 10–12

God’s attributes are constant. So, when you read about God’s mercy in the Bible, you can count on the fact that God is always merciful. In mercy, He rescued the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. But was God merciful toward the Egyptians? 

God could have set His people free by eliminating the Egyptians without even sending the plagues. But the warnings of each plague gave Pharaoh and his people a chance to repent. That was mercy. Each successive plague built up faith in some of them (see verses 8:19, 9:20, 10:7). The display of God’s power also built up faith among the Hebrews.

When Pharaoh seemed to repent, Moses prayed for him and God removed the locusts. 

And the Lord changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea. Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt (Exodus 10:18–19). 

God was merciful in giving the Egyptians a chance to repent, believe, and make the choice to follow the Lord.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, soften my heart to a place of genuine repentance.

Quicklook: Exodus 10:13–19