Exodus 11

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The Tenth Plague: The Death of the Firstborn

Exodus 11

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Lesson Number 12

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God does not show favoritism when it comes to His judgment of the unbeliever.
  2. God does show favoritism when it comes to His care of the believer.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s follow God’s example of showing favoritism.


  1. How does Exodus 11 fit into the chronology of the book?
  2. Why was it fair for the Hebrews to ask for gold and silver from their Egyptian neighbors?
  3. Exodus 11:3 tells us that Moses was well respected by the Israelites and the Egyptians. Why was this?
  4. Explain the tenth plague.
  5. How did God show care for His chosen people in this passage?


  1. This chapter is a continuation of the parting words between Pharaoh and Moses.
  2. Because the Egyptians certainly owed them much more than this for their years of slave labor.
  3. Remember that Moses was highly educated and familiar with the culture of Egypt. He had been a prince in Egypt, and after the plagues his supremacy was obvious.
  4. The final plague of God’s judgment on Egypt was the death of the firstborn of every family in the Land of Egypt.
  5. He told them the way to be spared from the tenth plague. He provided for their material needs and gave them favor in the sight of the Egyptians.


  1. God showed no favoritism when carrying out the tenth plague on Egypt. Likewise, God does not show favoritism when it comes to His judgment of the unbeliever today. Discuss the ways people try to win favoritism with God. Refer to Romans 3:22-23 and John 3:36.
  2. Look up the following verses and discuss what they teach us about God’s care for His people: 1 Peter 5:7, Deuteronomy 33:12, Psalm 91:4, and Matthew 6:33.


  1. As Christians we have the responsibility to care for the needs of those around us. But we are to especially focus on the needs of fellow believers. Are you showing favoritism as God does?

Key Verses

  • “And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians.” Exodus 11:3
  • “All the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die.” Exodus 11:5
  • “…that you may know that the LORD does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.” Exodus 11:7

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