On the Night of Pharaoh's Surrender
Moses said, "This is what the Lord says: 'About midnight I will
go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the
firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son
of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of
the cattle as well. There will be a loud wailing throughout Egypt -
worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the
Israelites not a dog will bark at any man or animal.' Then you will
know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel."
"By the time of this narrative in the book of Exodus, that life-giving force given by God has been completely submerged and robbed of its vitality. Israel has been reduced to nothing more than a pitiful band of helpless slaves, without any clout and without enough significance even to be noticed in the empire...Pharaoh will dominate; Israel will submit.
"Who would have thought that down in the slave huts reside all the promises of God, until this Pharaoh who seems to have everything his way comes at midnight, hat in hand, and says in a massively embarrassed petition, 'Bless me, give me life, do for me what I cannot do for myself.' In that moment all power in the world is reordered and life surges with mew possibility, because the surge of blessing that God has long ago lodged with this people is now made public and visible....
may enter the narrative as you choose. You might be the small, weak
underling who turns out to be a carrier of powerful blessing that only
waits to be recognized..."