The Last Word

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 11:4-8[2]

Pharaoh is obsessed with power and control. It doesn’t matter that his nation is ruined. It doesn’t matter that his people are suffering. He will not give the Hebrews religious freedom. He ordered Moses to leave  and threatened him with death if he returned. Pharaoh could sever Moses from his life but he can’t remove God. God was Pharaoh’s problem, not Moses. Did Pharaoh think he could kill God and be done with him?

Before Moses returned to Egypt, God said he would kill the firstborn son of Pharaoh if Pharaoh refused to let the Hebrews, who God considered his firstborn son, serve him.[3] Moses now knows God spoke the truth. There is nothing God can do to change Pharaoh, which made the final plague, death of the Firstborn, easier to accept.

Moses replied to Pharaoh’s threat saying, “You have spoken well. I will never see your face again.” A rather subdued response compared to God’s who had the last word. The next words out of Moses mouth were prefaced by “This is what the Lord says.”

The man who threatened God’s messenger with death brought death upon his nation. At midnight, every firstborn son in Egypt would die. God’s judgment showed no favoritism. From Pharaoh’s firstborn son to a servant’s firstborn and even the firstborn of cattle would die. Then the thing Pharaoh feared most would come upon him. He would lose control and become irrelevant. Pharaoh’s people would come to Moses, bow before him and grant Moses request for religious freedom.

In this final judgment upon Egypt and its god’s Pharaoh would know that “the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.”[4] That distinction rested upon the Hebrews obedience because no one in all Egypt was excluded from the death of the firstborn, including the Hebrews. The difference between Egypt and the Hebrews is this. God told the Hebrews how to escape death when the death angel passed through the land.

[1] From the time God promised to change Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob and his descendants were addressed as both Jacob and Israel, which can be confusing. In Follow Me: Deliverance, I will use “Hebrews” to identify the children of Jacob.

[2] All Scripture is from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] Exodus 4:22-23

[4] Exodus 11:7

About Teena Myers

Teena is the Vice Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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