PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Exodus 10-12
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Every firstborn son in Egypt will die…” (Exodus 11:5)
In the Law the firstborn – human and animal – belonged to God.
The Levites were dedicated to God in place of the firstborn (Numbers 3:40ff).
Every firstborn was to be redeemed (payed for) with a sacrifice (Exodus 34:20).
In ancient times, the firstborn son was the heir, the future of the family.
Through the death of the firstborn, God shows His authority over all our lives.
God is not being mean; He cannot allow the future of sin to go unchecked.
Pharoah and Egypt represent violence, oppression, cruelty… they must be stopped.
In Genesis 3, Satan robs God of His firstborn son, and Eden’s future is cursed.
But God robs Satan and sin of their future by offering His ‘firstborn’ son.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Through the death of His firstborn, God shows His love for all our lives.
God doesn’t just demand justice, He takes it for us so that we do not need to die.
If Pharoah had believed, he would have found this out… we can find this out too!
Lord, this story reveals the terrible consequences of sin. But it also shows us the tremendous wonder of Your love, in sacrificing Your ‘firstborn’ for all humanity. Thank You!