against you and against your officials and your people,
with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth.
I will send the worst hailstorm that has ever fallen on Egypt,
and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter,
that has not been brought in
and they will die."
- First, He makes clear who it is who is speaking: He is the LORD, the God of the Hebrews.
- He clearly warns Pharaoh that He wants His people to be free to worship Him, and that...
- ...the full force of His plagues will come upon all Egypt if Pharaoh does not comply.
- There is no one like Him in all the earth.
- He holds the lives of Pharaoh and his people in His hands.
- God has raised Pharaoh up to this position 1) to show Pharaoh His power and 2) so that His name might be proclaimed in all the earth.
- Pharaoh is setting himself against God's people by not complying.
- God will bring the worst hailstorm Egypt has ever seen if Pharaoh resists Him.
- God also specifies the time that the hailstorm will take place.
- Yet God gives Pharaoh and his people the opportunity to bring men and animals to safety if they believe that He will carry out what He says He will do.
- Otherwise, any man or animal which is left out in the field will die.