It is often difficult to anticipate God’s plan when you are facing difficult trials. Even in opposition, God is faithful not to forget His people. God’s plan has always been for freedom. Just as God freed the Israelites out of slavery, He has delivered us out of bondage.
Though the Israelites had been bound into slavery in Egypt, God had not forgotten His people. God sent Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery and into the promised land. Pharaoh refused to allow this and continued to exercise his power over the Israelites. God sent a series of plagues on the Egyptians as punishment for the Pharaoh’s disobedience. The water in the river was replaced with blood, livestock caught diseases and died, boils and sores appeared on their skin, and they suffered other horrific events. After each plague, Moses petitioned for God’s people to be released, but each time the Pharaoh denied his request.
The tenth plague was the worst of all; it would kill the oldest son in every Egyptian family. God instructed His people to kill a lamb for each family and spread its blood on the doorframe of each family home, careful not to break any of the lamb’s bones. They were to eat the meat with unleavened bread and herbs. The angel of death would pass over the homes marked with the lambs’ blood. The Egyptian families lost their sons, while God’s people were spared. Pharaoh freed the Israelites and sent them out of Egypt. God’s plan worked; it brought freedom to the Israelites.