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And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.
THE DEATH OF THE FIRST-BORN THREATENED
“One plague more.” These are ominous words! This final act of judgment would smite the fetters from Israel’s neck forever. It is vain for man to enter into conflict with God. God does not crush him at once, because He is long-suffering and forgiving. See 2Pe_3:9. But if man persists, the inevitable blow falls. See Psa_7:12. The word borrow is better rendered ask, Exo_11:2, r.v. The Hebrew phrase has no suggestion of a return being expected. This was befitting payment for their long and unrewarded labor.
The great cry, Exo_11:6, recalls the piercing wail that rings through an eastern home when death takes place. The world shall hear one other such cry, as we learn from Rev_1:7. There is no difference between God’s people and others when sin is concerned. All have come short of God’s glory. Nor is there difference in His redeeming grace. But there is all the difference between those who shelter under the blood of the Lamb and those who refuse.