This sermon was based on Exodus 12:1-30.
The Tenth Plague: Death of the Firstborn
True Freedom Comes from God
What I find really interesting about the 10 plagues is that in the first 9 plagues Moses and Aaron always had something to do to bring the plague about, they’d hit the dust with their staff or stretch out their arm or something and the plague would start. But with the 10th plague they didn’t do anything, they were spectators cus God came and delivered the 10th plague himself. The plague that led to the Israelites being freed. In Verse 17 God says: I brought your divisions out of Egypt God’s saying to the people; I was the one who freed you. Your freedom came from me.
Many people down throughout history have laid down their lives fighting for our freedom and it is right that we honour them for that. True Freedom, freedom on the inside, (not just political freedom) but freedom that means things are ‘well with our souls,’ that kind of freedom only comes from God.
True freedom doesn’t come from achievement, no matter how much you achieve, it doesn’t come from any of these things. True freedom only comes from God, it comes from knowing you are of immeasurable value to him, so much so that he deemed you worth dying for.
It’s by Grace that We are Saved
We like to think of this story like the good guys against the bad guys – Pharaoh = Bad | Israelites = Good. The Reality is God = Good and the Israelites and Egyptians = both bad. Despite the fact they were slaves the Israelites were no better morally than the Egyptians, they fought, they grumbled, they moaned, they worshipped idols, they disobeyed God’s commands, they weren’t good people.
What this is saying is they weren’t saved because they were morally superior to the Egyptians like in Disney films. No, they were saved because God chose them, he made a distinction between them and the Egyptians. They didn’t deserve to be saved. They were saved by Grace just as we are.
We need to be careful not to take this for granted. It can be something that we just get used to and over time we forget the significance and the importance of it. We have to be a bit more intentional about appreciating the grace of God.
Remember what God has Done
Ever wondered why we have the Passover? Why did God get the people to put lambs blood on their doorposts and have the meal? Think about it. God protected the Israelites from the previous 6 plagues without needing any markings on doorposts to help him. So, it’s not like he needed them to put blood on their doors so he knew where they lived. He knew exactly where they all lived. So why do we have the Passover? Why didn’t he just kill the first born Egyptians and then Pharaoh would let them go?
There are two things God wanted through this whole thing, Firstly, he wanted Freedom for his people, which is what the death of the firstborn Egyptians achieved, that’s the might acts of judgement. But Secondly he wanted relationship with his people which is what the Passover achieved. God involved his people, by getting them to put the blood on the doorposts and eating the meal, even though he didn’t need them to. Why? Because he wanted relationship with them.
The Passover is like a Trailer to the main event. It’s like it but the main thing is much better. It would happen 1500 years later. God sent his son Jesus who came into the world. He too fled to Egypt and come out of it. When John saw him for the first time he said Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. 3 years later he was killed, his blood shed over pieces of wood, so that we could be freed. Not freed from the Egyptians but freed from something much bigger. Freed from the power of sin and death.
The Passover is the Trailer pointing us to the main thing which is the cross of Jesus Christ!