Notes on Exodus (109)

“Exposing the Exodus”

The way, the truth and the life!

The Pronounced Doom   (Chapter 11 Verses 4-8)

There is much repetition throughout the chapters dealing with these plagues. But the best education involves much repetition (2Peter 1:12-15). Each and every one of these plagues also involves death, but this one is singular (v6b). This you might say is a reversal of creation. This again is exactly what Moses was foretold would happen (Exodus 4:21-23). The cause is not a natural disease but divine intervention. Notice will you the ‘I wills’ of verses one and four. Ask yourself would a natural disease single out just the firstborn in each and every Egyptian family? And mark you none of Israel’s firstborn? God himself went out into the midst of Egypt (v4). This belongs entirely to the realms of the supernatural. It is an intervention of God the sovereign Creator’s power into and over his own created order. Yet another obsession with Egypt was with death and the afterlife. Osiris was reportedly their god of the dead. But God the Creator here demonstrates that it is he and him alone who has power over life and death (James 4:12). No firstborn creature of man or beast in Egypt will escape this judgment of God. Of man, both the highest and the lowest (v5). There was never a cry like it in Egypt and there never shall be again (v6). The righteous, God’s chosen people, they shall not be touched (v7). You must remember this justice. Do not lose sight of Pharaoh’s earlier actions in the extermination of Israel’s infant children. Remember what the book of Exodus started with, attempted genocide. The Egyptians had Israeli blood on their hands. Just as Western hands today are soaked with the blood of millions of children in the name of abortion. Slaughtered on the altar of man’s sexual pleasure. What will the Almighty do in judgment as a result of this genocide? If God does not judge the West for its slaughter of its children he will have to apologise to Pharaoh and his people. And I don’t see that happening. The wail of the Egyptian people will match the wail of the Israeli people. Not to mention the sacrificing of their own children on their pagan altars.

The judgment of God comes upon Egypt as a result of its oppression of God’s children (Exodus 4:22-23). But we must also remember, all of us, that all who die, deserve to die, for it is sin’s wages (Romans 6:23). Including ourselves. We are all sinners by nature and practice. We are all born in sin, idolators and oppressors by practice. God would have been just if he had killed them all, Israelis too. The awesome wrath of God is expressed here (v8). Consider the unbelief, the evil of this Pharaoh’s heart and this awful grief that he and his government have brought upon their nation. That such a man and the state he represents should be ready to bring their own nation to disaster rather than admit they were wrong, is appalling. Rather than humble themselves and bury their pride as entreated by the meekest of men, “the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3). Would you criticise God for his wrathful anger here? Surely not? It is when you see what sin does to people, that is what ought to make you angry. When you see a world and nation out of sync, brought to its knees by filth and uncleanness, idolatry, hatred, violence, and murder. Consider man’s rejection of God and what he gets in the place of God, filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but have pleasure in them that do them” (Romans 1:29-32). That is what man has chosen over God and therefore suffers what is just, “that recompence of their error which was meet” (Romans 1:27). So when the plague of death is poured out upon the West in days to come, for it surely must come, don’t blame God. Put the blame where it belongs.

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)
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