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The Firstborn

By Pastor Shana Wise

The book of Exodus starts off by explaining what happened between the time Joseph and his family died up until a new king, Pharaoh, arose in the land. This Pharaoh did not know about Joseph and his family, but he did know how much their descendants were growing in the land. The Israelites' growth as a nation threatened Pharaoh, and he wanted to stop their growth through the genocide of their male children.

Since that time up until now, the attack against the male has not stopped. Satan wants to attack the seed of and within the male.

God values all life because He is the giver and sustainer of life. Let us examine the scriptures as they relate to the nature of the attack and God’s response to it.

Exodus 1:15-17 (NIV) The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.

Why do you think Pharaoh wanted the girls to live and the boys to die?

Where else have we seen this in the Bible?

How is a practice still going forth in today’s world?

What can we learn from the midwives?

Exodus 1:22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile but let every girl live.”

Pharaoh made a law of killing all Hebrew boys by throwing them in the water. How evil this type of law is! What does this show us about the heart of Pharaoh? How do we still see this spirit operating today?

Exodus 7:20 Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood.

It was not by accident or mistake that the first plague was the Nile River turning into blood. This blood represented all the lives that were lost in the river. This was a sign of judgment against the land of Egypt and its people.

Nothing happens here on earth that God doesn’t see or is aware of. Evil is rampant in our land, and judgment will happen. It may not happen right away, or even in our lifetime, but judgment will come. What can we do to warn people about the coming judgment?

Exodus 12:29 At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well.

When judgment comes, no one can escape. It took for Pharaoh’s son to die to let the Israelites go. The only firstborn males that were spared from death, were the ones who had the blood smeared over the doorpost (Ex. 12:21-23). What can we learn from this?

Revelation 16:4 The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.

Before the world ends judgement will come. Plagues will be unleashed on earth, just like in the book of Exodus. Will we be ready for when that time comes?

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About the Author

Dr. Shana Wise is an ordained Pastor who founded and oversees Wise Choice Ministries with her husband Pastor Ron Wise. She is also the CEO and founder of The Well Christian Women’s Network. Dr. Wise is the author of Women’s Devotionals Acts of Intercession and Chief Women Arise, The Impact of Your Election, and the Basic Ministry Training Manual (all available on Amazon). She received a Doctor of Divinity degree in 2019 from St. Thomas Christian University. Her passion is to teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, equip others to apply the Word to their lives and demonstrate it through the power of the Holy Spirit. She is a televangelist who appears on social media outlets. Shana is married and has four children.

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