Finally, the last plague against the Egyptians really hit the personal lives. The Israelites were ready to move out after this plague.
And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.
And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
This plague does not just deal with the plague so to speak. No, this plague, as the LORD said, has much more to do with Egypt. But, first, to the goddess this plague refuted: Meskhent.
Meskhenet was the goddess of childbirth. Meskhenet was a goddess that had been worshipped from the beginning of Egyptian times and her role in childbirth was that she actually breathed in each child’s “ka”, or part of their soul. She was obviously a big part in a Egyptian family’s life.
Because she gave “ka”, Meskhenet was also supposed to have power of a person’s fate. However, all the 11-12 miracles shown to the Egyptians and Israelites had slowly eroded any of her power in that!
The real refuting act in this plague was that God took the souls of these firstborn humans. Meskhenet could not stop God from taking the “ka” or any other part of the soul. Meskhenet was powerless and the Egyptians knew it.
But, as said earlier, Meskhenet was not the main target in this plague. As the Almighty said in Exodus 12:12:
“For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.”
Let me repeat that: “and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.” I think you can see the message in this.
The Hebrew word for “execute” is ‘asah and it means to cover all the bases. Everything will be covered in the execute-ing God will be doing. And the Hebrew word for “judgment” is shephet and means exactly what it says: infliction . . . judgment.
So, right here we have God executing judgment against a set of beliefs. Wait, that doesn’t make sense! Executing judgment is a act done against real things, not beliefs! With that much being said we have to ask ourselves, once again, was God refuting and executing judgement on a bunch of beliefs or real demons in disguise?