Warning of the Final Plague
The Lord said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go from here; indeed, when he lets you go, he will drive you away. 2Tell the people that every man is to ask his neighbor and every woman is to ask her neighbor for objects of silver and gold.” 3The Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians.
This is how the slaves of Israel received their “back wages” from their time of slavery, and how they did not leave Egypt empty-handed.
Moreover, Moses himself was a man of great importance in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s officials and in the sight of the people.
Hebrews 11 implies very strongly that when Moses made his choice for Christ, for the Messiah, for being the deliverer of Israel, he made it in exchange for actually being Pharaoh of Egypt. Hebrews 11:24-26 reads: “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin; considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.” It implies very strongly there that what Moses gave up was the “treasures of Egypt.”
Pharaoh owned Egypt. You’ll recall during the famine in Joseph’s day the Egyptians came to Joseph and gave him all their money to buy grain. Then they gave him all their possessions to buy grain. Then, when they had run out of money, they gave their bodies to buy grain. When Joseph got through, therefore, Pharaoh owned all of Egypt, body, soul and spirit. Only the priests were exempt.
So this passage in Hebrews 11 makes the point that, when Moses was confronted by God at 40 years of age, he made a very serious choice. He probably would have been Pharaoh, and the implication is that he gave up all Egypt for the “reproach of Christ.”
–Robert H. Roe
4Moses said, “Thus says the Lord: About midnight I will go out through Egypt. 5Every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne to the firstborn of the female slave who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the livestock. 6Then there will be a loud cry throughout the whole land of Egypt, such as has never been or will ever be again. 7But not a dog shall growl at any of the Israelites—not at people, not at animals—so that you may know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.
“The Lord hath put a difference between those who are his people and those who are not. There are many distinctions among men which will one day be blotted out; but permit me to remind you at the outset that this is an eternal distinction.”
–Charles Haddon Spurgeon
8Then all these officials of yours shall come down to me, and bow low to me, saying, ‘Leave us, you and all the people who follow you.’ After that I will leave.” And in hot anger he left Pharaoh.
9The Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, in order that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.” 10Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh; but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go out of his land.
I would like to shake my head at the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart and marvel at how he could be so unable to see the truth that is so clearly before him. But when I consider my own situation, I cannot. How often have I, like Pharaoh, ignored God, over and over again, insisting that I see things clearly and that I am right? Father, forgive.
HERE is a song of submission to the Lord, from Don Moen — “Lord, I offer my life to you.”
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.