Exodus 11:1-2,4-7,9 Now the LORD had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely. Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.”... So Moses said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any man or animal.’ Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel... The LORD had said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.”
This is probably the shortest chapter in Exodus and for good reason too. It is the last warning threatening the greatest genocide known to man and yet Pharaoh decides not to give in.
How hard could Pharaoh's heart be that he was not able to see the destruction around him and why does God continue to permit suffering?
Is it not interesting to note that God hardens Pharaoh's heart, yet softens the hearts of the Egyptians to permit the Israelites to take articles of gold and silver from them?
The articles taken from the Egyptians were eventually used for God's glory but what about the genocide of the Egyptian firstborn?
Death is the greatest fear known to all mankind and death of someone we love leaves deep and irremovable scars in our hearts and minds.
Today we sit and wonder what would have gone through the minds of the Egyptians not to permit the Israelites free but forget that we live with such a death threat ourselves.
The freedom Moses sought for the Israelites is not unlike the freedom God seeks for all mankind from the grip of Satan.
Romans 3:23 reminds us that, 'all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God' which means every human being is a sinner in God's eyes. Worse still, Romans 6:23a reminds us that, 'the wages of sin is death'.
The Egyptians suffered a great loss of their first born when they refused to heed to God's warning but today all mankind will lose their own lives, not just their firstborn if they do not heed to God's warning.
Sin is described as any thought, word, desire, action, or omission of action, contrary to the law of God, or defective when compared with it. Matthew 15:19 says, 'For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.'
We cannot cut out sin because it would mean cutting out our heart. We have no hope of running away from sin or appeasing God to let is pass and we will be judged like the Egyptians for our sins.
The only hope we have is to be forgiven of our sins by God and for this we need a sin offering. Jesus Christ, God's only son, was crucified for the sins of the entire world. He is the sin offering for the entire world and is available to us right now. Romans 6:23b states that, 'the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord'.
If you are not yet saved from God's judgment, I beg you to call on Jesus as your Lord and Savior, ask Him to forgive your sins of your past, present and future and be reconciled with God.
If you are saved by the grace of God and continue to sin, remember the words of James 5:16, 'Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much'. Also in 1 John 1:9 we are reminded that, 'If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.'
Today has been a long devotional but I pray it is one that will forever transform us and save us from certain death and judgment at the hands of God who has proven to be almighty and all-powerful.
In His Loving Service,
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