Exodus 11

Exodus 11

A Final Plague Threatened

11 The LORD said to Moses, “Yet one plague more I will bring upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt. Afterward he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will drive you away completely. Speak now in the hearing of the people, that they ask, every man of his neighbor and every woman of her neighbor, for silver and gold jewelry.” And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people.

So Moses said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘About midnight I will go out in the midst of Egypt, and every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the cattle. There shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there has never been, nor ever will be again. But not a dog shall growl against any of the people of Israel, either man or beast, that you may know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’ And all these your servants shall come down to me and bow down to me, saying, ‘Get out, you and all the people who follow you.’ And after that I will go out.” And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”

Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, and the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go out of his land.


Exodus 11 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

It’s agreed upon by scholars that the first three verses of this chapter be read in the past tense. This means as the plague of darkness swept over the land, God began to prime Moses and the Israelites for their departure from Egypt. They were not only going to depart Egypt but plunder them (more on this in chapter 12).

The reason God was going to take silver and gold from the Egyptians was because it was the only means to stored value. Coinage would not come until 625 BC, so this gold and silver would establish Israel with wealth for the future. An ancient Egyptian necklace or bracelet was thick and heavy, sometimes weighing nearly 50 pounds!

Why would the Egyptian people freely give up their wealth to the Israelites? First and foremost, because God had willed it to happen. Secondly, because they had great respect and reverence for Moses. This is a man who has proven to them, (through plagues and natural wonders) that God is the only all-powerful and sovereign God.

You would think they would hate Moses for all the damage that was done, but in reality, they probably were more upset with Pharaoh for being so stubborn. In the end, Israel would triumph on many levels in their departure from Egypt but all the glory would go back to the Lord.

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I think for the first time Moses owned his calling. Always thought of him as a status quo type of guy. But as the plagues came he would get stronger in his resolve and this last and horrible plague drove it home for him. When he left Pharaoh for the last time he was the leader to these people. God is AWESOME how He moves in us and around us. Thanks Hank and Brad.

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