For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:12, 13 ESV)
The last of the ten plagues on Egypt was the worst. The firstborn of every family and every livestock was killed by the angel of death. But God made provision for the Israelites. He gave them the Passover. They were to sacrifice a lamb and paint its blood upon the doorposts of the house. The angel of death would pass over them when he saw the blood and their firstborn would be saved. This was the plague that broke Pharaoh and he sent the people away. It was also the night God would execute judgment on all the gods of Egypt. This aspect is an interesting one to consider.
The plagues all together were a demonstration of God’s power and in each case was exposing the Egyptian gods’ inability to save. They could not help the Egyptians against the God of Israel. This was important for Israel to see as they too had been under the influence of The Egyptian culture and their gods for the past 430 years. Not only was God setting them free from their slavery to the Egyptians but also from their false beliefs. God saved body and soul when He saves.
How does God save us today from the gods of our culture?
Chronological Reading Plan plus Psalms: Ex 10-12, Ps 33