Light and Dark– Exodus 10
Dark and light here are part of the plagues before Passover. In Wonders that Plagued Egypt and Reflections on Judgement I cover some of the plagues but there is so much to learn and see. In studying this time, I noticed that Moses was directed to confront Pharaoh early in the morning. This darkness was special – it could be felt! Ra, their sun god, had bowed before the God of Israel. (I have been in dark places that set your nerves on edge, but I have never felt darkness.) When Moses started asking for physical possessions I am sure Egypt was ready to give them anything to get rid of the People.
Three– It stayed dark for three days. These three days speak to the time Jesus was in the grave. I hope that I am not squeezing this to fit my ideas, but you need to think before these days fit into the tomb. Israel was in the light, Egypt was in darkness. Jesus was in His glorified body walking through hell getting the keys back, the disciples were in the “dark” about what really happened to Jesus!
End and Start – There are several things that are happening here, so there are multiple endings and starts. I see this as God ending His “playing nice” with Pharaoh. I think the people of Egypt had had enough and wanted the People gone. What started was God’s direct attack on Pharaoh and his son. Ra was the sun god and major deity for Egypt, and the pharaoh was his son and physical form on earth. It is also the second time (? – the plague of gnats 8: 16) that God did not tell Moses to go to Pharaoh to warn him of what was coming. Pharaoh had to call for Moses, then he was warned of the last plague. (Khepri was the gnat god and the god of creation, moving the sun, and rebirth.) Slavery was ending and freedom about to begin. Worshipping Egypt ended and worshipping Jehovah was beginning.
FURTHER THOUGHT– What gods do you need to leave in the dark so you can live, better, in the light of Jesus.