In our study of Exodus chapter eleven, we see that rejection of God's plan of redemption leads to judgement.
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ADONAI said to Moshe, "I'm going to bring still one more plague on Pharaoh and Egypt, and after that he will let you leave here. When he does let you go, he will throw you out completely!
Here, we see prophesy to Moshe that, after this last plague, Pharaoh will submit to His authority and drive the Hebrews out with all of their possessions. The Hebrew word that is translated here as "plague" means touching and God says that, after this last touch, His will is going to be accomplished.
Now tell the people that every man is to ask his neighbor and every woman her neighbor for gold and silver jewelry." ADONAI made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people. Moreover, Moshe was regarded by Pharaoh's servants and the people as a very great man in the land of Egypt.
The Hebrews were to individually go to Egyptians that they were friends with and to ask for vessels of silver and gold. These would be apart of the Hebrew worship of God and we see that God caused the Egyptians to respond favorably to the request. We also see that Moshe became highly respected among the Egyptians as well as with his own Hebrew people.
Moshe said, "Here is what ADONAI says: 'About midnight I will go out into Egypt, and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt will die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the slave-girl at the handmill, and all the firstborn of the livestock.
We see that God says what He is going to do but it is significant that He says "about midnight" instead of being precise. This was to show them and us that we are to be ready for God's redemption at all times because we do not know the precise time that it will occur. We see that all of the firstborn boys and firstborn of the livestock were going to die.
There will be a horrendous wailing throughout all the land of Egypt - there has never been another like it, and there never will be again. But not even a dog's growl will be heard against any of the people of Isra'el, neither against people nor against animals. In this way you will realize that ADONAI distinguishes between Egyptians and Isra'el.
God describes the screaming that will happen when the people see the wrath of God while it will be nothing but silence among the Hebrews as even the animals remain quiet.
All your servants will come down to me, prostrate themselves before me and say, "Get out! - you and all the people who follow you!" and after that, I will go out!'" And he went out from Pharaoh in the heat of anger. ADONAI said to Moshe, "Pharaoh will not listen to you, so that still more of my wonders will be shown in the land of Egypt." Moshe and Aharon did all these wonders before Pharaoh, but ADONAI had made Pharaoh hardhearted, and he didn't let the people of Isra'el leave his land.
God goes on to explain that all of the Egyptians will be humbled, will worship God and they will send out all of God's people. Verse nine summarizes the fact that, even though the wonders had been shown to Pharaoh to inform him about God, Pharaoh rejected the revelation of God and did not want change in his life. The result of this rejection of revelation was disobedience which will now be judged.