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October 20, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: Mark 12-13
Audio: Mark 12-13

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

All the people of Israel did just as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron.”
(Exodus 12:50 ESV)

Exodus 11 (ESV)

The Lord said to Moses, “Yet one plague more I will bring upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt. Afterward he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will drive you away completely. Speak now in the hearing of the people, that they ask, every man of his neighbor and every woman of her neighbor, for silver and gold jewelry.” And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people.

So Moses said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘About midnight I will go out in the midst of Egypt, and every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the cattle. There shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there has never been, nor ever will be again. But not a dog shall growl against any of the people of Israel, either man or beast, that you may know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’ And all these your servants shall come down to me and bow down to me, saying, ‘Get out, you and all the people who follow you.’ And after that I will go out.” And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”

10 Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, and the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go out of his land.

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  1. About midnight I will go out in the midst of Egypt, and every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die. (Exodus 11:4b-5a)

    God's Divine Judgement

    So far, the Lord has sent nine devastating and debilitating plagues to Egypt. But in an act of deadly force, God swore to kill the firstborn of every creature in Egypt, including the "firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne" (Exodus 11:5), in a tenth and final plague.

    The Lord also swore that not even "a dog shall growl against any of the people of Israel, either man or beast, that you may know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel" (Exodus 11:7). 

    In All the Books and Chapters of the Bible, Herbert Lockyer writes, “The plagues as a whole were intended to convince Egypt and the surrounding nations, of the might and majesty of Israel's God. And every phase of nature was covered by His judgements – mineral, animal, vegetable and human – proving that He is Lord over all. Contrasts also, are suggested by the plagues: contrast in character between consistency and changeableness; contrast between strength and weakness; contrast between God and idols; and contrast between the saved and the lost.” 

    In the next chapter of Exodus, we will learn God's plan to protect His people from this deadly plague as He brings the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

  2. I'm finding this story fascinating. I've seen it played out in the series, "The Bible," but as always, the book is better!

    That these events were recorded for us thousands of years ago really blows my mind. I'm so grateful. 

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