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EXODUS 11:1-3 "1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether. 2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold. 3 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people."

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When the Israelites borrowed from the Egyptians they were just collecting past wages due them. They had been slaves in Egypt for years but finally their time had come. God gave them favor with the Egyptians and I also think the Egyptians would probably have given them anything they asked just to get rid of them. They knew Egypt was in serious trouble, even if Pharaoh wouldn't admit it.

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DARKNESS - THE NINTH PLAGUE

EXODUS 11:4-10 "4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: 5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. 6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. 7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. 8 And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger. 9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt. 10 And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land."

Verse six says that a great cry would go throughout Egypt. There had never been a cry like this one, nor would there ever be a cry like it again. This was a night that would never be forgotten in Egypt. At least one person in every family would die. I had always thought that the first born males were killed but the bible doesn't say that. It just says the "the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts." I was thinking about the impact if this happened in my family today. I would lose a husband, a son and 2 grandsons. A son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and 12 first cousins not to mention friends. Verse 7 says that not even a dog would lift it's tongue against the nation of Israel so that they would know that God made a difference between Egypt and Israel. Moses predicted that when this plague was done the Egyptians would beg them to leave Egypt.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Do you think God is a respecter of persons?

Acts 10:34 "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:"

The above verse says that God is not a respecter of persons yet He showed a difference between Egypt and Israel in the case of the last 7 plagues. Sometimes God brings judgment on the unrighteous to prove a point; in this case, that He was the only true and living God. All of Egypt's gods were dead and useless in the face of His wrath! God does not reason as we would reason but He always has a reason!

How many loved ones would you have lost on the night of the Passover?


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