Week #9; Wed, 2/28/18: Exodus 7:1-12:51
Exodus 7 contains multiple events by Moses and Aaron showing how God hardened Pharaoh’s heart with His many miracles and plagues (i.e., Nile turned into blood) so that in the end the Egyptians shall know that “I am the LORD.”
Exodus 8 continues to reveal plagues placed on the Egyptians by God (i.e., frogs, gnats, flies). Each time a respite from the plagues took place, Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the Hebrew people go into the desert to sacrifice to the LORD. The Hebrew people were protected from the plagues in the land of Goshen where they lived. Moses insisted on three days travel by the Hebrews to make sacrifice to the LORD. Pharaoh denied the request. More plagues came to the Egyptians.
Exodus 9 reveals how the plagues on all Egyptian livestock took place but not the Hebrews livestock. Boils on man and beast came next even on Pharaoh’s magicians. Hail was sent by the LORD to destroy everything that was in the field in all the land of Egypt; only in Goshen, where the people of Israel were, was there no hail. Pharaoh confessed, “This time I have sinned; the LORD is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong.” But, he still did not let the people go.
Exodus 10 reveals by then Egypt is in ruins; but, Pharaoh would not let all of the people go to serve the LORD; the young had to stay. So locusts descended on the land with an east wind and devoured all that remained in the land. But, Pharaoh would still not let the people go. Pharaoh threatened Moses with death,never to see his face again. Moses said, “As you say!”
Exodus 11 contains Moses’ threat to Pharaoh and preparations for the final plague–the Passover and the death of the firstborn in Egypt. The blood of an unblemished lamb (Passover lamb) shall be placed on the lintel and the two doorposts of each house of the people of Israel.
Exodus 12 reveals that at midnight, the LORD executed judgment throughout the land of Egypt striking down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt. Passover is still a memorial to be celebrated with a feast (Feast of Unleavened Bread) to the LORD. Even the firstborn of Pharaoh to all of the people of Egypt lost their firstborn that night, but the Hebrew people who followed God’s commands given to Moses and Aaron were spared. Pharaoh sent the people of Israel out of Egypt, thus beginning the urgent Exodus including the plundering of the Egyptians. 430 years were spent in Egypt and their numbers rose to 600,000 men, besides women and children, plus a multitude with all of their livestock.