Exodus 11:3 Moreover, Moses himself was a man of great importance in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s officials and in the sight of the people. 4 Moses said, “Thus says the LORD: About midnight I will go out through Egypt. 5 Every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne to the firstborn of the female slave who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the livestock. 6 Then there will be a loud cry throughout the whole land of Egypt, such as has never been or will ever be again.
What an awful “plague” to befall the Egyptians. Can you imagine what it would have been like for the firstborn of millions of Egyptian households to die in one night? I cannot. Then I think about Moses’ relationship with the Egyptian people.
You’ll recall that Moses was raised in the household of Pharaoh – essentially as a son of Pharaoh. He was a sort of prince of Egypt – hence the name of the animated movie that came out some years ago. He knew these people well, and they knew him. Look at verse 3 again:
Moreover, Moses himself was a man of great importance in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s officials and in the sight of the people.
I can imagine how torn he must have been to see people he knew, and perhaps some of whom he loved, suffer in this way. Heartbreaking. Yes he was a great leader, but he had to endure incredible hardships and challenges. But that’s part of being a leader isn’t it?
Most of us lead in some capacity or other and many times we have to make sacrifices in order to lead well. It’s not easy. This morning I ask you to pray for me as I got sick over the weekend. What started as a head cold is now into my chest. I’m hopeful it doesn’t become full-blown bronchitis. Blessings to all.