Why Wait?

As a little boy, the second plague was my favorite:

Thus says the LORD, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your country with frogs. The Nile shall swarm with frogs that shall come up into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and your kneading bowls. The frogs shall come up on you and on your people and on all your servants” (Exodus 8:1 – 4).

Can you imagine? Frogs in the living room. Frogs in the bedroom. Pull back the sheets and “ribbet” – frogs in your bed. Look in the mixing bowl: frogs. Look in the oven: frogs! Frogs everywhere!

Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, “Plead with the LORD to take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let the people go to sacrifice to the LORD” (Exodus 8:8).

The amazing thing for me comes next. When Moses asked Pharaoh, “When?” (verse 9), Pharaoh replied, “Tomorrow” (verse 10). It was the same as saying, “Let me spend one more night with frogs on my pillow.” Why would he do such a thing? On the other hand, when someone has a toothache, and you suggest, “Let’s go to the dentist!” How often have you heard them reply, “It’s not that bad”?

Likewise, I have always been amazed at the end of a Bible study, when someone is ready to be baptized – to be cleansed from their sins – and they say, “Let’s wait until Sunday.”

I don’t understand. In the case of toothaches, frogs, and sin, “Why wait?”

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