The children of Israel had finally left Egypt and are beginning a new chapter in their lives. No longer are they slaves to a fearful tyrant. However, before they can get too far in their newfound freedom, the Lord gives Moses this new command.
“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Consecrate to me all the firstborn. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the people of Israel, both of man and of beast, is mine.’”
After ten devastating plagues and 430 years of cohabitation, the children of Israel are finally allowed to return to their homeland. Was it a happy parting? Depends on who you ask. The Egyptians were desperate to get these troublesome people out of their midst, and the Israelites were just as anxious to leave. So I guess you could so that both parties saw the benefit of separating. However, the Egyptians definitely got the short end of the stick.
Ten plagues. Some harmless but annoying, while others were deadly and destructive, and all of them wreaked havoc on everyday life. We know that God brought them as a judgment against the gods of Egypt. However, let’s step back and consider one thing: what if Pharaoh hadn’t hardened his heart at the very beginning? What if he had conceded and let the Israelites go after one or two plagues?
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