The Final Plague
In chapters 11 & 12 of Exodus, we read about the ten plagues God sent against Egypt. Moses and Aaron were demanding that Pharaoh set God's people free, and Pharaoh refused every time. The nine plagues God sent—water into blood, swarms of frogs, swarms of gnats/lice, swarms of flies, disease and death of livestock, boils, hail from the sky, swarm of locusts, and darkness—were not just punishments, but God showing His true power and smiting the false gods the Egyptians worshipped. You can click here to read how each of those plagues directly correlated to gods and goddesses the Egyptians worshipped.
If you were to tell someone about the death plague, it might sound something like this: God was going to come at night and take the life of the firstborn son of everyone in Egypt, but God would pass over the houses that were marked by the blood of the lamb.
We've discussed foreshadowing before: the first act God did after Adam and Eve confessed their sin was to shed blood to cover their shame. God established in the Garden of Eden that sins need to be paid for by the shedding of blood, and God would have to make the ultimate sacrifice to cover the sin and shame of the entire world with the shedding of the blood of the perfect lamb, Jesus Christ. This tenth plague sounds like foreshadowing as well. God comes in the night and those who are marked by the blood of the lamb are saved.
"For you know quite well that the day of the Lord's return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night." (1 Thessalonians 5:2)
"For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God." (1 Peter 1:18-19)
Jesus' return will be unexpected, like a thief in the night, and those who are saved by the blood of the Lamb will be spared. We must be marked by the blood of the Lamb.
“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’" (Matthew 7:21-23)
Does Jesus know you? On that day when the Lord comes again, will it show that you have been saved by the blood of the Lamb? God coming was the last plague for Egypt and Jesus coming again will be the last days for this world. Are you ready?
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.