8 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh. 9 It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on people and animals throughout the land.”
10 So they took soot from a furnace and stood before Pharaoh. Moses tossed it into the air, and festering boils broke out on people and animals. 11 The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils that were on them and on all the Egyptians. 12 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said to Moses. Exodus 9:8-12
The plagues were coming fast now. Even if you’ve never read the ending before, you know it has to end somewhere as the plagues are becoming more extreme.
The Lord did not spare any of the Egyptians with this plague. The pressure was certainly mounting for Pharaoh to give in, but he refused. With this plague, the Egyptians were helpless. With frogs, gnats, and insects, they probably had their own variation of netting to protect themselves. But with boils and sores? Everyone was affected. Recall in Job 2:7 that Job was affected with something similar. It’s completely debilitating and demoralizing.
This certainly is one way to pray against your enemies, isn’t it? That God will use whatever means necessary to debilitate and demoralize and frustrate your enemy. We could probably pray that every day because the enemies of God and His people are becoming bolder in their approaches.