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. 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. Exodus 11:1-2
The final plague of Egypt has come and this one is going to be the most painful and rememberable of all the plagues. This plague will finally force Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery. Its a foreshadow of Christ, as the only begotten Son of God had to die to release us from the slavery of our sins
God was preparing the Israelites to begin their journey through the Wilderness. This plague also demonstrates how Yahweh is the true living God and has power over life and death. Up to this point, all the plagues were not only to demonstrate Gods power but also that the Egyptians false deities were all fake and useless
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. Exodus 11:3
Now notice this, Moses , who was the nomad that lived in the wilderness for 40 years , the same Moses who didnt even have the confidence to stand before Pharaoh because of his speech impediment, is now favoured throughout the land of Egypt. Why? Because God made him feared through his signs and wonders! Its not about who we are its about who God is!
And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: 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. 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. Exodus 11:4-6
Terror is going to sweep across the land of Egypt, a terror that has never been seen or experienced before. A great sadness will sweep across the land as the firstborn will perish, I wonder if anyone feels this sadness when they think of Christ?
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. Exodus 11:7
Notice this again, God made a clear distinction between the Egyptians and the Israelites. Again is this a foreshadow of the Rapture? God is in complete control!
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. And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.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 11:8-10
God again is using Pharaoh to demonstrate his power and glory! Even after all the plagues , Pharaoh continually rejects God and wont allow the Israelites to leave. Again its interesting to see the sovereignty of God and the free will of man work hand in hand.