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God told Moses that it was time to go. To this point, God was preparing the world for Israel’s Exodus, but, it was the time to end their slavery once and for all. God knew this plague would not only secure his people’s release, but, that the Egyptians would literally pay the Israelites to leave.
God’s plan was being executed perfectly. He patiently allowed it to develop and endured the doubt of his people and the pure rejection of his enemy. Never, however, did God become surprised, nor did he compromise his plan to appease Egypt or Israel.
We, as a people, should learn from history. In today’s culture, it seems like God has lost control and is without power or influence to save or change the course the world has chosen. As in Egypt, we need to trust that God has things well in hand. He will execute his plan completely and perfectly–when it is time. He is not influenced by our concerns–because he knows we cannot see the entire picture. We simply have to trust him and follow readily and humbly.
As we follow, he will make his plan and his authority abundantly clear. We may surprised at his timing, but we will not doubt his plan. Paul said it best, “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name. So, at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow–in heaven, on earth and below the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory and praise of God.” Phil 2:9-10
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Now the Lord had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely.
Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.”
The Lord made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.
So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt.
Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.
There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again.