16 And the Lord said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
17 And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
18 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.
19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said.
20 And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
21 Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.
22 And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth.
23 And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.
24 And the Lord did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants’ houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies.
25 And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land.
26 And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the Lord our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us?
27 We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the Lord our God, as he shall command us.
28 And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me.
29 And Moses said, Behold, I go out from thee, and I will intreat the Lord that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, to morrow: but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.
30 And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the Lord.
31 And the Lord did according to the word of Moses; and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one.
32 And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.
Aaron is told by the lord to stretch out his rod and smite the dust of the land so that it would become lice that would cover everything. This lice would be something that would affect the priests of Egypt especially. They shaved their hair from their bodies for this very reason so it would not contaminate them as they offered sacrifices to the gods. This lice though covered everyone regardless so that even they would be hindered. The magicians, who up until now, had been successful in replicating the first few plagues, were now unable to bring forth life. This too shows the limit of Satan. He can only duplicate and never create.
The magicians tell Pharaoh that “This work is the finger of god,” but they are not necessarily speaking of the Lord. Instead they use the word, Elohim, which usually means a generic god or goddess. They may have been implying this unknown Hebrew God but as a whole, it seems that they actually though the Moses and Aaron were conjuring up from the same occultic well that they had used up until now.
Another reason this seems to be the case is the next plague: swarms of flies.
In this plague, God separates His people from the Egyptian people. This would have been a very direct sign that God was working.
Most scholars believe that these flies were what is known as the “dog flies,” or to imply various sorts of insects.
Either way the land was corrupted by this swarm and causes Pharaoh to send for Moses for relief and it seems at first that he may let them go and worship the Lord.
He does tell them they can go but as his fashion is so far, he offered his first compromise:
“You can worship but worship here in the land”
Of course that would have never happened and this fact is what Moses reminds him off.
The very animals that the Hebrew people were to use as sacrifices were considered sacred to Egypt. This would have cause a major uproar in the land.
It was believed that the gods hid themselves in the forms of animals in the land of Egypt when giants made war with them. The Egyptian people also believed in transmigration of the soul and that in killing an animal they might be in fact killing a relative.
Pharaoh offers another compromise:
“You can go but don’t go far,”
Of course this changes when Pharaoh finds relief and his heart is hardened again and he refuses to let the Hebrew people go.
Here is another example of the compromise offered by the “god of this world.”
He can’t take your salvation away but he can entice you to be less productive in the will of God.
It can be easy to fall into the traps of the “cares of this world” and sometimes the hardest thing to do is what the Lord has called you to do, but it is always worth it regardless of the consequences.
Our answer to Satan and others should be the same as Moses:
We do what the Lord says and wants and nothing more or less!!!!
We should be in it, all or nothing. He is either Lord of all, and this includes everything in our lives, or He is not Lord at all!!!