11 Now the Lord had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely. 2 Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.” 3 (The Lord made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.)
4 So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. 5 Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. 6 There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. 7 But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.’ Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. 8 All these officials of yours will come to me, bowing down before me and saying, ‘Go, you and all the people who follow you!’ After that I will leave.” Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh.
9 The Lord had said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.” 10 Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go out of his country. Exodus 11:1-10
This plague was the most serious because it was the taking of human life, the lives of Egypt’s firstborns. The Lord was setting up the scenario for Moses and Aaron. After they informed Pharaoh of what would happen, they left in anger. Up to this point, Pharaoh had no idea what this plague of death would be like even though he was told.
I have known people who said they were going to die. When they actually leave this earth, it’s a jolt to the system. I knew they were dying; they knew they were dying (and told me so), but until it actually occurred, it was only words.
Many reading this need to phone or visit one of these people you know who may not have very much time left. Their time on earth is limited, and you need to make the best use of that time but just talking with them, about family, about eternity, about life, about everything.