This chapter is about the plague of the firstborn. This plague too has been explained “scientifically.” Here’s the skinny: Back in those times, the firstborn was more privileged than the rest of his siblings (only the firstborn son counted! Sorry ladies!). So the firstborn male got the best sleeping arrangements, which means that they slept on an actual bed. Everybody else (their siblings) had to sleep on the floor. The Egyptians lived super close to the Nile River. And the Nile had toxic gas that the wind blew over Egypt. This toxic gas went into the Egyptians homes. The gas didn’t cling to the ground, it went a little higher. Thus it got to the firstborns, who were sleeping in beds off the ground. In turn, killing all the Egyptian firstborns. It missed the Israelites because they didn’t live close enough to the Nile. I hope that y’all enjoy the read! (I apologize that I haven’t been posting recently!)
Now God said to Moses that he (God) would bring 1 more plague to Egypt. After that, Pharaoh would let the Israelites go & when he did, he would drive them out of Egypt completely. God tells Moses to tell all the Israelites to ask their neighbors for gold & silver. God made the Egyptians sympathetic to the Israelites (This is the regular joe Egyptians, not Pharaoh & his court.) & Moses himself was regarded very highly in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials & by the Egyptian people.
So Moses says: “At about midnight, God will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from Pharaoh who sits on the throne to the firstborn son of the slave, as well as the firstborn of cattle as well. Then you’ll know that God makes a distinction between Egypt & Israel. After this, I’ll leave.” Then Moses, totally irate, left Pharaoh.
God says to Moses that Pharaoh won’t listen to Moses. So Moses & Aaron performed all thes wonders before Pharaoh. But God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. Pharoah wouldn’t let the Israelites go out of Egypt.