THE TENTH PLAGUE-_THE DEATH OF FIRST BORN
And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead. Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, “Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the Lord as you have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also.” And the Egyptians urged the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste. For they said, “We shall all be dead.” So the people took their dough before it was leavened, having their kneading bowls bound up in their clothes on their shoulders. Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing. And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians. (Exodus 12:26-36).
God dealt a death-blow on the Egyptians as the final plague that caused the children of Israel to leave Egypt in haste because Pharaoh and his servants rose up in the night and summoned Moses and Aaron to leave the land immediately. What Pharaoh found difficult to do when the LORD sent the other plagues, was now very easy to do when the LORD killed his first born. It is always very painful to experience the loss of our loved ones. But Pharaoh did not only lose just any loved one, he lost his first born that was supposed to be his heir. What a great loss. Can we see why God was touched with the treatment Pharaoh subjected His own first born to? Israel is considered to be His first born. Therefore Pharaoh had done his worst to the children of Israel, and God now paid him back with the same measure. Also God promised to transfer the wealth of the wicked to us, this was demonstrated in the lives of the children of Israel as they plundered the Egyptians when they were leaving Egypt. God kept His promises and it was such a miracle that this exchange would take place while the Egyptians were grieving. God works in mysterious ways. My prayer is that we will always experience God’s mercies in our lives and not His wrath in Jesus Name. So also I pray that the wealth of the wicked will be transferred to us too in Jesus Name, Amen.
The lesson we can learn from this episode is that we should be very careful when we are dealing with one another, because you do not know the plan of God concerning that person. If the brothers of Joseph had known that the plan of God concerning him was that great, may be they would have treated him differently. Why did I say this? because they were blaming themselves when Joseph was putting them through different tests, and they did not know it was Joseph, and that he heard all they were saying. They said they were reaping what they sowed, that the boy (Joseph) pleaded with them but they did not listen. Imagine the blood-guiltiness they had to live with for 13 years. They could not tell their father what they did. This was enough torture and anytime anything happened to them, they would attribute it to what they did to Joseph. Brothers and sisters, the commandment of God to us is to love one another. We should not allow jealousy or hatred to have a place in our hearts. Any of these works of flesh would eventually lead to sinning against God. Therefore we must deal with them now before these acts caused problem for us. Let us daily ask for the Spirit of God to fill us up so that flesh will have no power over us, and we will be able to exhibit righteousness in our daily living. May the LORD keep us blameless and spotless to the end in Jesus Name, Amen. Be blessed.