Itâ€™s been some four hundred years that the Israelites have been held in bondage in Egypt. After many years in misery, they cried out to God and the LORD heard their cries and remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That said, their deliverance would come in Godâ€™s time and in Godâ€™s will. At the set time, and after many plagues upon Egypt, God directed Moses to prepare for the final plague and the exodus to come. Our text opens with the tenth and final plague falling upon the firstborn of all, except those houses and people who were covered by the blood of the Passover lamb. It was a night of judgment but also a night of deliverance. God in His providence displayed His massive power upon Egypt and brought Egypt to its knees, but He also powerfully demonstrated His sovereign grace upon His people. All was done according to His will and in His time.
In our text, we see Godâ€™s Word come true in the lives of Egypt and the Israelites. First, the LORD judged Egypt; second, the LORD delivered His people; third, the LORD gave favor to the ones He delivered; and fourth, the LORD watched over those He delivered.