Pharaoh is unyielding. God has already performed many miracles through Moses, but his heart is stone. God has now decided to take the lives of the firstborns of everyone not protected by the blood of the lamb. This is a clear foreshadowing to the covering of our own sin by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, and a wonderful reminder to celebrate His sacrifice for our eternities.
A few reminders:
- God has the right to do as He pleases with all the gifts He has given, including life. I think our limited capacity to understand His ways is magnified in our discomfort as He takes the lives of the seemingly innocent, and not the antagonist, Pharaoh. He operates way higher than we do.
- The difference in the lives he takes is dependent upon one thing – the blood of the lamb. The Hebrews were enslaved, but not perfect. God’s decision was from Himself only, not from the moral purity of the Israelites.
- I don’t know the logistics, but is it possible that Egyptians could have been invited to be spared with the Hebrews by the same blood?
One thing is clear today. The blood of Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice, is sufficient for all. We have the power to tell others how they can be spared, too. Easter is a wonderful time to appreciate what God has done for us, but let’s not forget to share with those around us. I know I’m not alone in feeling convicted by my failure in this area. God is coming, and everyone who isn’t covered by the blood will die. Let us today open our mouths and speak what has the power to change eternities. Thank You, Jesus for being our Lamb.
By: Dylan Jones