As we examine the plagues God brought upon Egypt during the time of Israel’s bondage, the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart was quite obvious. He had a very low opinion of the Israelites with little respect for God, but not much is mentioned about the people of Egypt and their attitudes towards the Israelites until Ex. 11. Theses passages seem to reveal a loving respect for the children of Israel and their leader Moses. Here is where we see the value of a Christian’s testimony before the eyes of the world. When a Believer takes the necessary time to earn the favor and respect of unbelieving colleagues, many will respond during time of need.
1. They offered material and financial assistance.
Ex. 11:2-6 “Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold.”
2. They offered physical assistance.
“And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians.”
3. They showed respect towards their leader.
“Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people.”
RESULT - They had earned the right to offer their unbelieving friends warnings of impending judgment, but also offer the message of Grace & Mercy.
“And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.”
LESSON - The death of the firstborn was a picture of Jesus. His sacrifice serves as a reminder that even during times of peril, Gods grace and mercy are still available while time remains. We must maintain a consistent testimony during these times of trouble so that we might point others with whom we have influence to Christ as our source of hope and help. The respect that you earn with your lost friends and coworkers might one day change their eternal destination!