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The 
Tenth Plague




Exodus 12:12-13
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. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 32:39
See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me:I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

The Plot Against Jesus

John 11:45-57
Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him; and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. 

And one of them, Cai'aphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; and not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. 

Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called E'phra-im, and there continued with his disciples. And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves. Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast? Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should show  that they might take him.

Matthew 26:1-4
And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Cai'aphas, and consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety  and kill him.

Romans 9: 21-24
Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor? What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
God is the same God he was yesterday, he does not change! He yet still commands death and destruction against the wicked. 

God is patient and long-suffering, and will not necessarily destroy any one person or nation without giving them many opportunities to repent and turn away from their wicked ways. There are, however, many Bible stories where God killed people immediately for their sins.

But as is often the case, the wicked generally stay in the shadows of their own created darkness rather than humbling themselves before the Almighty God and repenting of their sins.

Eventually, the door to repentance is closed and will not open to them again. Thus, the judgment of God arrives sure. Destruction and death meet together in synchronization to destroy the faithless generation who refuse to serve the Lord God who is worthy of all praise and glory.

Egypt was appointed to destruction by God because they abused his people through the bondage of slavery. This is what the wicked still do daily; abuse and attempt to ensnare the people of God in the slavery of sin, seeking relentlessly to drag their souls into their own evil dwelling places; permanent residences in the dark caverns of hell.

Consequently, death is marching towards the wicked without turning aside until judgment fulfills its assignment. And, like Pharaoh, the wicked wait until death is standing on their front doorstep before the reality of their demise comes into clear focus. By then it's much too late.
The chief priests and Pharisees sought to kill Jesus, not because he did anything worthy of death, but because he threatened their livelihood, and put them to an open shame.

"But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves" (Matthew 23:13-15).

The chief priests, scribes and Pharisees hated Jesus because he simply told them the truth about themselves. Even had Jesus not said a word to them, the miracles he performed and his very holy presence intimidated them. Jesus, the light of the world, shinned his light into their darkness and they resented him because he saw them for exactly who they were; backslidden vipers.

Their deeds were evil, and they reveled in the darkness of their secret sins, their vanished shame long ago buried in the mire of their decision to  turn away from the will of God. 

But Jesus comes along and resurrects their shame before the whole world. He, no doubt, provoked them into to doing what they wanted to do in the first place; murder him by the hand of the Romans. 
The leaders of the church wanted to kill the Light of the world, their Creator and King. The darkness of the mind, caused by sin, is an incredible thing.
Once the darkness overcomes reason, only the power and grace of God can pierce through the darkest of minds, and allow his light to shine in their darkness. 

"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

"And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who, knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them (Romans 1:24-32).

It's a frightening thing when God gives up on you. He has wrestled with you, tried every conceivable method of gaining your attention, trying to urge you towards repentance, but the hard-hearted will not turn away from their destructive sins. According to Jesus, weeping and gnashing of teeth await them in hell's recompense. So we see that after the fact, after death arrives and the wicked find themselves on the other side of death, that the full recognition of what they have done to themselves finally sinks into the darkness of their minds. 

Seemingly people continue to do what they know is wrong continuing down the wrong pathway unceasingly until the consequences catches up with them, and they become sorrowful and perhaps even repent. Prisoners come to mind. In jail they have plenty of time to reflect upon how and why they ended up behind bars. They, however, in most cases, will have an opportunity to be released from jail, but from an eternal hell there is no parole, there is no probation; redemption is now out of reach. What then? Selah.

Salvation is a gift given to all those who are covered by the blood of Jesus through repentance, the lintels of our door posts are now covered with the precious blood of the lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of the whole world. When God sees the blood of Jesus upon us, that washed all our sins away, the death angel will pass over us, and we will enter into eternal paradise prepared for us before the foundation of the world was laid. Born again by the Holy Spirit of God, we now walk in the newness of life, thus we entered into right relationship with God through the death and resurrection of his only begotten son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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