Monday, May 18th, 2009
"Get up, get out from the midst of my people, . . . and go, serve Jehovah." (Exodus 12:31)
The year is 1513 B.C.E. Jehovah has already brought nine blows against the Egyptians. Jehovah now reveals to Moses that there will be one more blow against Pharaoh and all the Egyptians, a final one. On the 14th of Abib (Nisan), the firstborn of every Egyptian man and of every animal is going to die. But Israelite households can be spared by carefully following God's instructions given to Moses. They are to splash some of the blood of a male lamb upon the two doorposts and the upper part of the doorway of their houses and to stay indoors. What happens that night? Let Moses himself tell us: "It came about that at midnight Jehovah struck every firstborn in the land of Egypt." Pharaoh's reaction is immediate. Calling Moses and Aaron to him, he tells them the words of today's text. -Exodus 12:1-7, 29, 37, 38.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/07, 2:7, 8)