Moses & the gods of Egypt Part 18 – Passover #2
By Richard Lodwick
Exodus 11:1-10 (KJB) And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether. 2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold. 3 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people. 4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: 5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. 6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. 7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. 8 And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger. 9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt. 10 And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.
Exodus 12:1-13 (KJB) And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: 4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. 10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. 11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
The plagues before were ones of attack against the gods of Egypt and Pharaoh. This one, tho attacking them also, explodes into more than words can describe. How thankful we need to be for the Bible and the Holy Spirit, Who takes God’s word(s) (which He Authored in the first place) and expands them in our hearts! This is why we must take time to not only read our Bible but then meditate on what we have read. The Holy Spirit is God’s given perfect teacher (Jn. 14:26). NO OTHER BOOK will tell you what THIS one does!
The death of the firstborn would bring to Egypt a sorrow and mourning such as was never before in the land. Certainly, they would never forget what God did! Imagine, in America today, if at midnight, all across the land, the firstborn of man and animal, all died simultaneously! The grief and shock would be unimaginable. Look now at Ex. 11:6. The crying would bring about an atmosphere of almost impossible consolation. Instantaneously hearts would stop beating, breathing would stop… eyes would be glassy, and they would be gone.
God would strike the final and most powerful blow on Egypt. Maybe they got over the other plagues… they wouldn’t this one! Folks, when God says He will be worshiped above all others, He means it and He has the right to do whatever He wants to get it! A GREAT cry would be heard.. in every house, by every mother.. by every father.. by every sibling. Taken by the stroke of a Holy and Righteous, Supreme Judge of all the universe! May we be still before Him more often than what we are! NOW look back at Ex. 6:6. & 7:4. O, the judgment of God when one refuses to bow and obey! But O the PRICE HE PAID to save mankind. Now ponder what it will be like to stand before Him, on that judgment day, having REFUSED His payment! O, the GREAT cry!
Note here, as mentioned briefly in the last lesson, this was to set the physical calendar of Israel forever. SO MUCH is in this moving of God. This plague was one that God never wanted THEM to forget either, but they would, as far as HIS Son was concerned! God SPARED THEIRS, but not His! AND God the Father would give the FINAL, and MOST perfect Lamb of ALL the HISTORY OF THE WORLD one day! OH, the DEPTH and POWER of John Baptists’ words now! Behold the LAMB OF GOD….. O, what He did for us, and pictured 1600 years before! O, what a picture it is! WHAT a Bible we have, too!
There was salvation and redemption BOTH in this little innocent lamb, in Egypt. Egypt is, by the way ALWAYS a picture of the world. The Son of God DIED in this world, didn’t he? WHO had Him killed, too? Israelites! NO ONE came out, but by and under the blood! Nothing has changed. Without the shedding of blood, there IS NO remission, Heb. 9:22. And in the CROSS the judgment of God, so graphically seen here in Egypt, was placed on His Own Perfect Son, SO THAT ALL who come to Him could be saved. ALL of God’s wrath on His Son! SAVED by the BLOOD of THE Lamb of God!
922 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.