Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess and my third Bible series entitled "The Ten Plagues".
Let's recap: Jehovah God has caused nine devastating plagues on the land of Egypt. The first three affected both the Israelites and the Egyptians. The other six have affected the Egyptians only. The false gods and goddesses such as Hapi, Heqt, Hathor, Apis, Nut, Thoth, Isis, Ptah, Reshpu, Min, Ra, Geb, Amon-Ra, Horus, Tekhmet, Shu and Tefnut have all been disgraced - not having any power to match up with the true God, Jehovah. Pharaoh has remained haughty and hard-hearted, refusing to give in to God's commands to free His people from the bonds of slavery.
Plague #10 (Exodus 12:12, 29) - plague of death.
Jehovah God's patience with Pharaoh has just about run out! This final plague proved to be the most detrimental thus far for both the Egyptians and the Israelites. The events of that night were to be remembered as a lasting statute or regulation, namely the Passover - the night Jehovah God brought the Israelites out of slavery! (Exodus 12:13-28, 30-42).
God told his people to sprinkle blood on their doorposts. His angel would pass over Egypt and strike every firstborn in the land, from man to beast. When the angel saw the blood, he wouldn't harm anyone in that house. On the other hand, if there was no blood on the doorpost, all the firstborn in that house would be killed. "There was not a house where someone was not dead." (Exodus 12:30**) Pharaoh's household did not escape this plague either. His firstborn son, also viewed as a god, was killed. This was the tenth plague.
The death of the firstborn resulted in the greatest humiliation for Pharaoh and the Egyptian gods and goddesses. The rulers of that land styled themselves as gods, the sons of Ra or Amon-Ra. The son born to the queen was viewed as a god incarnate and dedicated to Ra or Amon-Ra at his temple. Pharaoh was a supposed offspring of the sun-god Ra so the death of his firstborn actually meant the death of a god. What a blow to Egypt's religion - especially to Bes, protector of the royal house, and Buto, defender of the king! Jehovah, the only true God, executed judgments on all the false deities who were powerless to save the firstborn of the Egyptians from death!
You're probably wondering what the significance of these plagues is. I invite you to pop on back for the Epilogue!
*Image from "My Bible Story" Ch.32 [Watchtower & Bible Tract Society of PA]
**New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here
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