“Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son, and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’” – Exodus 4 22-23
Here in Exodus 4 as Moses is returning to Egypt he is given a preview of the future. A glimpse into the heart of Pharaoh, into the Pharaoh’s stubborn refusal to believe in the goodness of God and the heartbreaking rebellion that comes from his self-righteousness.
The firstborn son is chosen to be taken out of captivity and to be released from the oppression of Egypt. The salvation of Israel (God’s son) will be the death of Pharaoh’s son. Egypt’s oppression will be destroyed when God’s son is set free.
Christ is the first born of the New Covenant, by his sacrifice all men from all nations now have the choice to leave the oppression, slavery and work of Egypt and come into the Promised Land of Rest. Everything that oppression brings: - tyranny, pain, captivity, torment, disease, imprisonment, poverty, depression has died with Christ at the cross and we have free access to all His inheritance by grace :- liberty, joy, health, freedom, happiness, a sound mind, fulfillment, union.
Moses could see Christ; he looked beyond the circumstances and looked into the eyes of God’s firstborn son. He looked to the day when grace and goodness hung on a tree and into a new day when captivity would end and liberty would begin.