God promises a plague of Locusts to Pharoah unlike has ever been seen before if he did not let His people go. Pharaoh essentially dared Moses to send the locusts. Moses did as God commanded and the locusts overtook the land. Pharaoh asked for forgiveness from God and told Moses he would let the people go. But, again, he did not let them go. Pharaoh sought out Moses and Aaron to pray to THEIR God for him. Pharaoh didn’t have enough faith in God to pray to God directly he asked Moses and Aaron for prayer. Still today we see people seekign out prayer from others, but they fail to pray themselves.
Then God sent the darkness, physically and mentally. The Israelites had the light in their homes. Three days of this thick darkness was unbearable. Imagine a lifetime of this darkness. The land was physically dark and spiritually dark. Moses and Aaron were trying to bare the light for Pharaoh, but he remained dark. The only thing that can cure the darkness then and today is THE LIGHT.
God resorts to the first plague that was threatened, the death of the first born. We see that this is the first threatened and the last executed. God’s mercy is exhibited in this progression. God gives His order to observe the passover to the Israelite families. God is a God of order and the ordinaces must be followed exactly. This passover was to be continued through time as a remembrance. The Jewish people still observe this today. We, as Christians, do not observe the Passover because Christ is our Passover.
The Egyptians had been in darkness for three days and then God delivered on His promise. No Egyptian family was overlooked. No matter their social or political standing. The first-born was taken in death no matter their age. Can you imagine the horrorific screams and cries that were let out that night. Pharoah complied after he witnessed this.
The Israelites began their journey to Succoth. They were not alone. There were those who saw no hope in the future of Egypt or those who just wanted to tag along. Just like today there are those among the church who are not true believers.