‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is my firstborn son, and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me.” If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.’ (Exodus 4:22-23)
Yesterday, we saw that God foreknew that Pharaoh wouldn’t let the Israelites go. Pharaoh’s resistance didn’t hinder God’s plans. But it had dramatic consequences for him, for his family, and for all the Egyptians!
God brought ten plagues on Egypt, including natural plagues of frogs, gnats and flies, hail and three days of darkness. The final plague was the worst, causing the death of all firstborns.
Before every single plague, Moses and his brother Aaron went to Pharaoh to request the freedom of the Israelites. But every single time he refused, thereby causing the ruin of his country. The plagues resulted in ‘a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there has never been, nor ever will be again’ (Exodus 11:6).
This story shows us that resisting God can have dramatic consequences — not just for the Egyptians, but for everyone who refuses to obey the Lord. God warns us: “Do not now be stiff-necked … but yield yourselves to the LORD” (2 Chronicles 30:8).
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