Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail…
Threatened judgments test men. Some are more susceptible to the presence of God than others.
I. THESE MEN FEARED GOD'S THREATENED JUDGMENT. Fear often arises from faith in God's word. Fear is the alarum of the soul. It is often the first emotion in a new life. It often brings in love, "as the needle draws in the thread."
II. THEIR FEAR LED TO APPROPRIATE ACTION. They prepared for the coming storm. There is shelter for all in Christ, and in Him alone.
III. THEIR FEAR LED TO WELCOME SAFETY. Obedience brought its reward. Men's property would be safer if they had greater respect for the word of God.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now.