Exodus Chapter 10 showed us more hardening of the Pharaoh’s heart and a plague of locusts. Just when you think God is done with plagues, He brings on another! 🙂 Let’s see what plague God brings to the Egyptians in Chapter 11.
“Now the Lord had said to Moses, ‘I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely.’” – Exodus 11:1
Translation: God is getting bored with hardening the Pharaoh’s heart. It doesn’t bring the same thrill it did several chapters ago. 🙂
“This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again.’” – Exodus 11:4-6
What a sick and disgusting God! What have the firstborn’s done? Even if we assume the Pharaoh is doing evil of his own accord (and not God hardening his heart), that’s on the Pharaoh, not the Pharaoh’s son or the firstborn of a female slave. Note that EVERY firstborn son in Egypt will die. The 6 day old infant is somehow evil in the eyes of the Lord and will be killed. This is sick and disgusting. This is the God Christians worship.
“Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go out of his country.” – Exodus 11:10
In case you missed it the first 30 times, God is the one hardening the Pharaoh’s heart, not the Pharaoh himself. God is killing all firstborns in Egypt because God hardened the Pharaoh’s heart. Confused? You should be! It makes no sense unless God is evil.
That concludes Exodus Chapter 11. The plague of firstborns is the last plague placed on the Egyptians, according to God. Will God keep his word? We’ll find out in the next chapters.
Coming Soon: Exodus – Chapter 12: The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread