God had told Moses in the wilderness that he would say to Pharaoh “Thus says the LORD, “Israel is My son, My firstborn. So I said to you, ‘Let My son go that he may serve Me’; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn.” A
Now after 9 plagues the time had come. God told Moses that the final plague will cause Pharaoh to drive the Israelites completely out. This last plague would result in the Egyptians giving the Israelites their gold, silver and other valuables. This transfer of wealth would be done willingly. This would be the repayment for all the years of slave labor. B
vv-4-8 occurred in chapter 10 C as Moses told Pharaoh that at about midnight the Lord will go into the land and all the Egyptian shall die from Pharaoh’s to the lowest girl including the firstborn of livestock. However their will be no death of the Israelites that Pharaoh “may understand how the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.” Moses departed from Pharaoh in anger.
God in His mercy had given Pharaoh nine opportunities to repent and let His people go. However God’s mercy and patience has boundaries and His holiness is demonstrated by this final act of wrath.
His foreknowledge is shown by knowing that Pharaoh would refuse and the Lord’s “wonders will be multiplied in the land of Egypt.” D
Moses refused to obey God’s direct command 5 times and then obeyed. At the first sign of adversity after plague #1 Moses reverted to excuse #4 “I am unskilled in speech; how then will Pharaoh listen to me.” F The Lord reassured Moses and he persevered through the next eight plagues even though Pharaoh refused to let Israel go. Moses trusts God for the last plague.
There is a lesson for us today to trust God no matter how long the difficult road lasts. I have previously mentioned a 24 year period [1986-2010] when we faced 4 major problems that overlapped. God was faithful one day at a time to give us His peace and joy. Our trust in God increased each day as He met our needs.
O God may I be obedient out of love for Jesus for what He did for me on the cross so that I could have the righteousness of God. E
Henry Luke 9/17/2017
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