Exodus 11* God's last instructions to Moses respecting Pharaoh and theEgyptians. (1-3) The death of the first-born threatened. (4-10)1-3 A secret revelation was made to Moses while in the presenceof Pharaoh, that he might give warning of the last dreadfuljudgment, before he went out. This was the last day of theservitude of Israel; they were about to go away. Their masters,who had abused them in their work, would have sent them awayempty; but God provided that the labourers should not lose theirhire, and ordered them to demand it now, at their departure, andit was given to them. God will right the injured, who in humblesilence commit their cause to him; and none are losers at lastby patient suffering. The Lord gave them favour in the sight ofthe Egyptians, by making it appear how much he favoured them. Healso changed the spirit of the Egyptians toward them, and madethem to be pitied of their oppressors. Those that honour God, hewill honour. 4-10 The death of all the first-born in Egypt at once: thisplague had been the first threatened, but is last executed. Seehow slow God is to wrath. The plague is foretold, the time isfixed; all their first-born should sleep the sleep of death, notsilently, but so as to rouse the families at midnight. Theprince was not too high to be reached by it, nor the slaves atthe mill too low to be noticed. While angels slew the Egyptians,not so much as a dog should bark at any of the children ofIsrael. It is an earnest of the difference there shall be in thegreat day, between God's people and his enemies. Did men knowwhat a difference God puts, and will put to eternity, betweenthose that serve him and those that serve him not, religionwould not seem to them an indifferent thing; nor would they actin it with so much carelessness as they do. When Moses had thusdelivered his message, he went out from Pharaoh in great angerat his obstinacy; though he was the meekest of the men of theearth. The Scripture has foretold the unbelief of many who hearthe gospel, that it might not be a surprise or stumbling-blockto us, #Ro 10:16|. Let us never think the worse of the gospel ofChrist for the slights men put upon it. Pharaoh was hardened,yet he was compelled to abate his stern and haughty demands,till the Israelites got full freedom. In like manner the peopleof God will find that every struggle against their spiritualadversary, made in the might of Jesus Christ, every attempt toovercome him by the blood of the Lamb, and every desire toattain increasing likeness and love to that Lamb, will berewarded by increasing freedom from the enemy of souls.
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