“There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.”-Exodus 11:6-7
Before we move on to the next chapter, I want to draw an interesting pattern between what happened in Egypt right before the death of the firstborn, the event of Yeshua’s crucifixion, and the present day and age we are currently living in.
First, notice the timing of when Moses went to Pharaoh to bring him the terrifying news that the lives of all the firstborn in Egypt were in grave danger.
It was during the three days of complete darkness when this shocking pronouncement was given to Pharaoh.
Also note it was during this time that Israel was in the process of selecting their lambs according to Yah’s instructions to prepare for the first ever Passover.
Are you catching the significance of this timing?
It was right BEFORE the deliverance of Israel that the world (as represented by Egypt in this case) was submerged in complete darkness.
Now let’s fast forward the tape to about 30 AD, about 1400 years later.
Yeshua, Israel’s deliverance Passover lamb, is now nailed to a cross bleeding to death.
The night before he had just finished His last passover meal with His 12 disciples.
Now get this.
Right before death overtakes Him, we are told the whole land suddenly became submerged in a thick, horrifying darkness.
The world was in darkness while the Firstborn Passover Lamb that would take away the sins of the world was dying on a cross.
In other words, the timing is the same as what happened in Egypt.
Right before Israel’s deliverance via Yeshua’s sacrifice, the land was submerged in darkness.
Finally, let’s skip forward in time again to our present age.
Look at the situation we are living in today with increasing Godlessness, immorality, crime and terrorism.
Is it not evident that the world is becoming darker and darker and moving away from God’s light?
I know it’s difficult to not get depressed when we see the world reeling completely out of control.
However, if you are a believer who has been set apart and sanctified for God, your feelings and response should be the exact opposite.
Just as the Israelites in the light were celebrating while Egypt was submerged in darkness, so should we be celebrating while our present world is in darkness.
Unfortunately, until Yeshua’s reign on earth becomes a reality, light and darkness will exist side by side.
However, the pattern for how to live our lives is established right here in Exodus.
Let us celebrate, and serve as a beacon of hopeful light for our neighbors, unbelieving friends, coworkers and family who are lost in darkness.
It was because of the light that shone on Israel, that many of their Egyptian neighbors chose to join them when they left.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“You are the light of the world.
A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Instead they put it on its stand,
and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way,
let your light shine before others,
that they may see your
good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
NEXT TIME WE BEGIN EXODUS CHAPTER 12