Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 11:4-6 (NIV)
So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again.
Exodus 11:4-7 (MSG)
Then Moses confronted Pharaoh: “God’s Message: ‘At midnight I will go through Egypt and every firstborn child in Egypt will die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sits on his throne, to the firstborn of the slave girl working at her hand mill. Also the firstborn of animals. Widespread wailing will erupt all over the country, lament such as has never been and never will be again. But against the Israelites—man, woman, or animal—there won’t be so much as a dog’s bark, so that you’ll know that God makes a clear distinction between Egypt and Israel.’
“Then Moses said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘At midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt, and all the firstborn in the land [the pride, hope, and joy] of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the hand-mill, and all the firstborn of cattle as well. There shall be a great cry [of heartache and sorrow] throughout the land of Egypt, such as has never been before and such as shall never be again.” -AMPLIFIED
Remember, the last thing that Pharaoh said to Moses was, “Get out of my sight! And watch your step. I don’t want to ever see you again. If I lay eyes on you again, you’re dead.” -Exodus 10:28 (MSG)
Moses’ reply was, “Have it your way. You won’t see my face again.” -Exodus 10:29 (MSG)
As Moses turns to leave the presence of this obstinate, rebellious leader; even before he has left, once again God speaks to him. God tells Moses (it must have happened very quickly) ““I’m going to hit Pharaoh and Egypt one final time, and then he’ll let you go. When he releases you that will be the end of Egypt for you; he won’t be able to get rid of you fast enough.” -Exodus 11:1 (MSG)
God gave instructions for what the Israelites were to do to prepare for their intimidate exodus from Egypt. God said, “So here’s what you do. Tell the people to ask, each man from his neighbor and each woman from her neighbor, for things made of silver and gold.” God saw to it that the Egyptians liked the people. Also, Moses was greatly admired by the Egyptians, a respected public figure among both Pharaoh’s servants and the people at large.” -Exodus 11:2-3 (MSG) It was important for God’s people to be ready for the journey before them.
Moses turns to share this final message from God with Pharaoh before he leaves. God’s Message was: “At midnight I will go through Egypt and every firstborn child in Egypt will die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sits on his throne, to the firstborn of the slave girl working at her hand mill. Also the firstborn of animals. Widespread wailing will erupt all over the country; lament such as has never been and never will be again. But against the Israelites—man, woman, or animal—there won’t be so much as a dog’s bark, so that you’ll know that God makes a clear distinction between Egypt and Israel.” -Exodus 4-7 (MSG)
Moses anger at how all of this was working out is evident in the next verse. Exodus 11:8 says, ““Then all these servants of yours will go to their knees, begging me to leave, ‘Leave! You and all the people who follow you!’ And I will most certainly leave.” Moses, seething with anger, left Pharaoh.” (MSG) The Amplified says, “And he left Pharaoh in the heat of anger.” Consider this; Moses had done everything to try and convince this foolish, obstinate, rebellious leader to change his ways. God had sent plague, after plague and yet still; this Pharaoh refused to listen to reason, repent, or humble himself before the Almighty One. Moses was ticked; and yes, I think he had good reason to be angry; this was a case of righteous anger.
Any timidity, fear or apprehension that Moses had ever felt before stepping into the mission that God had sent him on has thoroughly gone. Have you ever noticed that just taking that first step of obedience in faith instills righteous boldness and courage in the heart? This should be a reminder that God is always available for His children. In fact, He reminds us often with promises like this one from Isaiah; “Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].” -Isaiah 41:10 (AMP)
Put aside the fear; step out in faith and obedience. God is holding you in His righteous hand!
Almighty One, there are times that you have called me to do things for you and in fear I have failed. Forgive me, please. Fill me with your boldness and strength. Help me to obediently step out in faith; trusting that you have my back and you have me covered. God, you are always watching over me; I know this. Help me to live in such a way that it is evident.