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Exodus 7-12 records that God brought down 10 different plagues upon
the people of Egypt because Pharaoh refused to release the children of
Israel from their bondage. Each of these plagues would play a part in the
ultimate exodus of God's chosen people from their captivity into a forty-year
journey into the promised land, but the tenth plague--the death of
the first born son--would be the ultimate cause for Pharaoh authorizing
the release of the people.
The tenth and final plague was the big one--the death of the first-born
son. (11:1-10; 12:29-42). The death angel would pass through the
land of Egypt and would kill the first-born son of every man, except for
those who were covered by the blood of the lamb.
In preparation for the tenth plague, God instructed the children
of Israel to put the blood of the Passover lamb on the two doorposts and
on the lentil of the house. God made a covenant with the people: when the
death angel saw the blood on the doorposts, it would "pass over" that house
and not kill the first-born son. But if a house did not have the blood
on the doorposts and lintel, the death angel would visit their home and
kill their first-born son. The Lord said, "And the blood shall be a sign
for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass
over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the
land of Egypt." (Exodus 12:13 NASB)
Pharaoh didn't make the proper preparations and his son died,
ultimately leading him to let God's people go. How great that pain must
have been. He withstood the hassles of the other plagues, the resulting
poisoning of the water supply, the devastation of their foodstuffs, but
he couldn't bear the grief of losing his son. God's people were free to
go and would from that day forth, celebrate the Passover--the day God graciously
spared their sons. It was a day unlike any other. A day that foreshadowed
the rest He was providing for them.
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