About Jesus Steve Sweetman
This Chapter 11
Plague Of Firstborn (ch. 11:1 - 10)
Verse 1 tells us that
there is one more plague left. This
will be the last and this one will convince Pharaoh to free the Jews.
God tells Moses that Pharaoh won't just free the Jews, but he
will drive them out. He will
be so fed up with things that he will drive the Jews out of his country.
In verses 3 and 4 God
tells Moses to tell every man and women in
We see the last great
judgment of God in verse 4 through 6.
God will kill every firstborn son in
It wasn't just the
firstborn human son that would die, but even firstborn animals would
die. It seems that all life
was affected by this judgment, as all life is affected by the judgments
in the Great Tribulation that takes place at the end of this age.
The reason why all life is affected is because the original
judgment of Genesis 3 pertains to all of creation.
All judgments of God beyond Genesis 3 find their origin in
One might do a study of
the word "firstborn" in the Bible.
There is a reoccurring theme, which is important when it comes to
Jesus. Jesus would be the
firstborn among many brothers, of which the true believer is.
The firstborn in all Old Testament cultures would inherit the
place of authority once the father died.
Jesus inherited a place of authority, not because of the death of
His father, because of His own death.
There's two statements in
verse 7. One state says that
Israeli cattle won't be affected by this judgment.
The verse says that a dog won't even bark.
The second statement is very important.
The reason why Jewish firstborn sons and animals won't die is to
In verse 8 we note that
all Pharaoh's officials will bow down before Moses, the Jew.
How angry Pharaoh must have felt because of this.
Moses a servant is being respected as Pharaoh himself.
Verses 9 and 10 tell us
that God once again hardened Pharaoh's heart so He could perform these
wonders, especially this last one. We
see in verse 8 that Moses left Pharaoh, "burning with anger".
By now the battle between Pharaoh and Moses was raging and it was
very personal. Still, the
real battle is between God and the devil.
The devil wanted these Jews destroyed, as he does still today.