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Old 2nd March 2018, 06:40 PM
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[Exodus 11]
{11:1} And the Lord said to Moses: “I will touch Pharaoh and Egypt with one more plague, and after these things he will release you, and he will compel you to go out.

Since God is also outside of time (He is actually Omnipresent), He knows what we will freely choose to do in the future. In this particular case, He knew that the Pharaoh was going to release the Israelite people after this other plague.

{11:2} Therefore, you will tell all the people to ask, a man of his friend, and a woman of her neighbor, for vessels of silver and of gold.

Our Lord was preparing His people for their eventual/upcoming exit from Egypt.

{11:3} Then the Lord will grant favor to his people in the sight of the Egyptians.” And Moses was a very great man in the land of Egypt, in the sight of the servants of Pharaoh and of all the people.
{11:4} And he said: “Thus says the Lord: ‘In the middle of the night I will enter into Egypt.
{11:5} And every firstborn in the land of the Egyptians shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the handmaid, who is at the millstone, and all the firstborn of the beasts of burden.
{11:6} And there will be a great outcry throughout the entire land of Egypt, such as has not been before, nor ever will be afterward.
{11:7} But among all the sons of Israel there shall not be even a mutter from a dog, from man, even to cattle, so that you may know how miraculously the Lord divides the Egyptians from Israel.’

The Egyptian god Osiris, could do nothing to prevent these deaths. Osiris was the god of resurrection and fertility and also patron of Pharaoh.

{11:8} And all these, your servants, shall descend to me and shall reverence me, by saying: ‘Depart, you and all the people who are subject to you.’ After these things, we will depart.”
{11:9} And he went out from Pharaoh exceedingly angry. Then the Lord said to Moses: “Pharaoh will not listen to you, so that many signs may be accomplished in the land of Egypt.”
{11:10} Now Moses and Aaron did all the wonders that are written, in the sight of Pharaoh. And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh; neither did he release the sons of Israel from his land.

"the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh" is an ancient way of saying that the Pharaoh was hardened due to the presence and acts of this God alien to him but belonging to the people that he oppressed (the Israelite people) (for more on this way of speech or writing, see previous chapters).

The "dead of the firstborns" meant the Israelite people's exit from Egypt towards the promise land (Canaan).

The dead of God the Father's only begotten Son "the Firstborn of every creature" (Colossians 1:15) merits that we can exit from the slavery of sin towards Heaven. In the later chapters we'll see how the New and everlasting Covenant which is centered at the Eucharist has its roots on these events.
John 3:27; John 15:5; Matthew 19:26
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