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Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, “Entreat the LORD that He remove the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the LORD.”

Moses said to Pharaoh, “The honor is yours to tell me: when shall I entreat for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs be destroyed from you and your houses, that they may be left only in the Nile?” 

Then he said, “Tomorrow.” So he said, “May it be according to your word, that you may know that there is no one like the LORD our God. The frogs will depart from you and your houses and your servants and your people; they will be left only in the Nile.” 

Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh and Moses cried out to the LORD concerning the frogs which He had inflicted upon Pharaoh. The LORD did according to the word of Moses, and the frogs died out of the houses, the courts, and the fields. So they piled them in heaps, and the land became foul.

But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not listen to them, as the LORD had said. (Exodus 8:8-15, NASB, emphasis added)

We read of another example set before us of the difference between the person who is poor in spirit and the person who is not. Pharaoh is in a little distress over the plague of frogs and desires their eradication from his kingdom. It is quite astounding that Pharaoh now recognizes the source of the miraculous plague as from the LORD, but he still does not submit to Him. People still do the same today. The person who is poor in spirit recognizes the working of God in their life; they listen to the voice of the Lord; and they submit to the will of God whether it is changing direction or staying on their current track.

Pharaoh summons Moses and Aaron and consents to the children of Israel leaving the kingdom to sacrifice to the LORD. An agreement is made at the word of Pharaoh to let the people go if Moses prays for the frogs to disappear. People, when in trouble, often make promises to God. A promise is only good if it is kept, and once not kept, the creditability of the agreement breaker can no longer be relied upon. The Bible gives many examples of people who make promises without keeping them, and this is the case once again with Pharaoh. The person who is poor in spirit recognizes the Father always keeps His promises because it is in His Person to do so. The poor in spirit, because they are taking on the character of Jesus will keep their promises too. Pharaoh is a negative example of this spiritual law.

Moses, being poor in spirit, keeps his part of the agreement and intercedes for Pharaoh. The LORD listens to the prayer of Moses because it is in the will of God to do so. Moses has a heart for knowing the will of God because his nature is to do such. The poor in spirit both understands the will of the Father and knows how to obey His voice through the power of the Holy Spirit. It all boils down to character and Moses had it.

When the prayer is answered and Pharaoh found relief, he did not honor the agreement he made with Moses. How soon people forget what God has done for them. Pharaoh continues the hardening process that has begun. The LORD God knew this and used it for His purposes as the story in Exodus plays out before us. Let us learn from this and act positively to the direction of God. It is a choice to becoming poor in spirit; Moses chose to be, while Pharaoh did not.

Take the main points and evaluate your life. Pray for each character trait to be built in you by the Holy Spirit as you submit to His plan for your life today.

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