THE NINTH PLAGUE — DARKNESS
Have you ever been in the dark. I don’t mean the dark when the sun has gone down and there is no moon and it’s really hard to see. I mean the total, profound darkness I have only experienced deep underground in a cave; a darkness so profound that you can’t see your hand right in front of your own eyes when you are waving it around. That is the sort of darkness that HaShem placed over the people of Egypt for three whole days. As human beings we are very visual creatures. A sudden and profound darkness of that sort must have been completely terrifying. What’s more one of the most important of all Egyptian gods was Ra—the sun god. What a complete defeat of his powers that there was no light at all for that time.
But Exodus tells us that the Hebrews had light in their homes. What a contrast that must have been. Egyptians who were living close to a Hebrew home may well have seen only that tiny shred of light coming from their neighbors. Can you imagine how attractive and inviting that would have been to those in darkness?
All around us there is a world that is staggering around in spiritual darkness. And, right now, it seems as if that darkness is becoming more and more profound—but there is Light in the homes of the Children of HaShem.
Questions to ponder: Are we protecting and cultivating the spiritual light in our homes? Are we allowing the darkness of the world to creep in? How are we allowing the light we have been given to be a beacon to those in spiritual darkness? What “good works” are you called to?