Exodus 11: Before the Final Plague

This chapter begins with God reiterating how He will orchestrate events. Notice how God’s words to Moses are said with a sense of finality and assurance: “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. Afterward he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will surely drive you out of here altogether. Speak now in the hearing of the people, and let every man ask from his neighbor and every woman from her neighbor, articles of silver and articles of gold.” Not only will the Israelites escape, they will escape with plunder.

As Moses describes the last plague to the Egyptians, it sounds almost too horrible to bear. Not only will the firstborn of the Egyptians die, but the deaths will occur across against all of the social strata and even among the animals. We must also mention that the Israelites will be saved from this final plague.

As the events of the plagues near an end, God has seen it all play out according to His orchestration and He knows that the desired outcome of the release of the Israelites will come true. The theme of God hardening Pharaoh’s heart will come full circle soon. With this difference, God will make it absolutely clear upon which faction His favor lies: “But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.”

God’s Word to us in the New Testament is the same today. His words to Moses as he spoke them were as true as the promises of the New Covenant that He gives us today under Jesus Christ.

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