Bible Time Period: Egypt and Exodus
You freed your people from slavery in Egypt so they could worship you: Free me from sin so I can serve and worship.
In chapters 9-12, the plagues on Egypt continue until they culminate in the death of the first-born sons of Egypt. This is no surprise – back in 4:22-23, God told Pharaoh through Moses: “Israel is my first-born 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 slay your first-born son.” That being done, the stage will be set for the Exodus from Egypt itself.
Imagine what the plague of darkness would mean to a nation that worshiped the sun god, Ra, and whose Pharaoh was believed to be its embodiment on earth. Now put yourself in the scene and imagine seeing in the distance, light over the land of Goshen. How do you feel? What does that say to you? What might it have meant to the Hebrews?
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