Exodus 11: The Flight from Egypt
Exodus: Part 11 of 40
The Plague on the Firstborn
1 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.
2 Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.”
3 (The LORD made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.)
Having God make you disposed towards someone means nothing. Doing it because they are good people has merit.
4 So Moses said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt.
5 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.
WTF? What is the need for so much death? Killing babies? Get a grip people, this is the lowest form of life you could possibly think of, now or then. And what the hell did the cattle do to deserve this treatment?
6 There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again.
There wasn’t enough people in the land at that time to overcome what the Catholic Church did in Europe or the Nazis during the Second World War, so this is not true either.
7 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.
For what reason?
8 All these officials of yours will come to me, bowing down before me and saying, ‘Go, you and all the people who follow you!’ After that I will leave.” Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh.
Anger? What right does Moses have to be angry with Pharaoh? Moses of all people should know that it wasn’t Pharaoh’s fault.
9 The LORD had said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.”
10 Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go out of his country.