If you’re keeping up with The Daily Bible, we just finished Genesis and the lives from Abraham to Joseph. Some 400 years have passed and the Israelites are now providing slave labor for the Egyptians. The Lord has heard their cry and now in Exodus, Moses emerges as the next leader of the Israelites. God prepares Moses for the struggles ahead of him with Pharaoh.
The LORD said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go. Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son, and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’ ”
You can learn something new from the Bible no matter how long you’ve been a Christian. Despite reading through the Bible many times, I don’t recall the Lord telling Moses, before he even goes back to Egypt, that He will kill Pharaoh’s firstborn son because Pharaoh will harden his heart and not let the people go. There are many things I won’t remember reading in the Bible, but something this big, I hope it would have stuck in my mind. Check with me next year, hopefully I will remember it then.