Last fornight, we paid attention to the first nine plagues. Now we look at the last and final plague of DEATH.
First I would like you to read Cpt 12.
The Lord said to Moses. “I will bring one more plague upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt and then l will let you go and when I do .. I will throw you out altogether!”
These are the predictions of God through Moses.
Notice how confident and eloquent he is now.
1. JUDGEMENT AT MIDNIGHT.
2. THE FIRSTBORN OF EGYPT WILL DIE.
3. THERE WILL BE GREAT WEEPING.
4. THE FIRST BORN OF THE CATTLE WILL DIE.
5. NO PERSON OF ISRAEL WILL BE HURT.
6. NO BEAST OF ISRAEL WILL BE HURT.
7. I THE LORD WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND EGYPT.
8. ALL PHARAOH’S SERVANTS WILL BOW BEFORE ME, AND BEG ISRAEL TO GET OUT.
9. THIS WILL NOT BREAK PHARAOH.
The Egyptians worshipped life, they gave so much attention to the preparation for life after death because they wanted to ensure that life for them would be as it was in Egypt. Yet we know that life and death is in the power of GOD’S Hands. Pharaoh would not recognise this .. but Egypt certainly did!
It is through the firsborn son that the family line is carried on. If you have a child then there is a sense of satisfaction that even when you are dead, you will live on through him.
God was showing the Egyptians that through the death of their firstborn that they could, by themselves do nothing to survive this life. Life is a gift from God, and that gift is only in the One Lord.
“The Great I Am.”
“THE PASSOVER MEAL.
These instructions were not only for Israel, it was for those who had been included by circumcision. Cpt 13:1-16. Their firstborn were to be dedicated to Him as a reminder of what He did to Egypt’s firstborn. And because He spared their firstborn they now belonged to Him.
THE ORDINANCE OF THE PASSOVER.
You can read all the requirements for the Passover in Cpt 12:17-27.
“So God passed through all the land of Egypt and smote all the firstborn, from the firstborn of Pharaoh on the Throne, unto all the firstborn that was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the cattle.”
There was not a house where one was not dead!! Great mournful cries filled the air, even Pharoah held his dead son in his arms! Tears streamed down his face, as he groaned in grief.
It all happened, at the stroke of Midnight!! Yet in Goshen, peace reigned .. Not one dog barked! All according to the Word of God.
Pharaoh, grief stricken and blazing with fury, called for Moses and Aaron. He shouted at them in rage.
“Get out!! Take everything you own with you, and Get out!”
The Egyptians also urged them to leave in a hurry. Moses and Aaron left!
Notice the change in Pharaoh. The one who said, “Who is this God that I should obey Him?”
“This God I do not know, l will “not” let Israel go.“
Now he is saying,
“Bless me also!” The Lord God of Israel had shown His Power and Authority over Pharaoh, and all the so-called god’s of Egypt.
He is truly. “Lord of All.” The Israelites asked the Egyptians for clothing, articles of silver and gold. They gladly gave their costly ornaments and jewellery. Israel stripped them of everything that they could carry.
See Cpt 13:17 to 14:4. The Lord’s wonderful redemption power was demonstrated, as He not only brought them out, but He brought them into a place where they would be helpless without Him, they would have to rely on Him alone for rescue.
He does this also for us, illiminating all of our self reliance on things we hold dear, instead of relying on Him.
I call it, “God’s process of illimination,” Now Israel is thankful .. and so am I!
Read Isa 12:2-6.
“FOR GREAT IS THE HOLY ONE WHO LIVES AMONG YOU.”
YOU MUST DECIDE TO DO HIS WILL, HIS WAY,
BEFORE HE CAN SHOW HIS POWER AND PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE!Amen.