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What Really Happened in Egypt?

A Look at the Ten Plagues

By Caleb Hegg

Introduction

In Exodus 4 we see reference to Israel as God’s Firstborn Son (4:22). And in verse 23 God tells of His plan to kill Pharaohs firstborn son. In verse 24-26 the story turns and for two verses relates a story that seems out of place, but in actuality shows the promise of the coming seed, the Messiah, is a central part of the Exodus narrative. Moses is not allowed to act as God’s mouthpiece with a son that does not bear the mark of circumcision, i.e. the sign of Messiah.

The events found in Exodus 4:24-25 link circumcision, and ultimately the covenant, to the Exodus event. Now in chapter 6 God explicitly states that He has remembered His covenant, and this is the reason the Exodus events are put into motion.

 

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Tim Hegg

President / Instructor

Tim graduated from Cedarville University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Bible, with a minor in Philosophy. He entered Northwest Baptist Seminary (Tacoma, WA) in 1973, completing his M.Div. (summa cum laude) in 1976. He completed his Th.M. (summa cum laude) in 1978, also from NWBS. His Master’s Thesis was titled: “The Abrahamic Covenant and the Covenant of Grant in the Ancient Near East”. Tim taught Biblical Hebrew and Hebrew Exegesis for three years as an adjunct faculty member at Corban University School of Ministry when the school was located in Tacoma. Corban University School of Ministry is now in Salem, OR. Tim is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature, and has contributed papers at the annual meetings of both societies. Since 1990, Tim has served as one of the Overseers at Beit Hallel in Tacoma, WA. He and his wife, Paulette, have four children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.