Okay, we’re back on track. Exodus 11:4-10 finishes the conversation that Pharaoh and Moses had started earlier. Remember when Pharaoh told Moses that the next time he see’s his face Moses will die, and then Moses got all smug? Well, it turns out the reason that Moses was so smug was because he knew that God had already planned on murdering millions of people in Egypt!
Moses warns Pharaoh that if he doesn’t let the Israelites go, then at midnight, God will go out into Egypt and personally murder every single first born of Egypt. From the children of the lowly slaves to the children of the Pharaoh himself. But just to show he’s not screwing around, God will even murder the first born among the cattle (their third extinction?). But God will be good to his chosen people, and all of the Israelites will be spared this gruesome fate.
Now surely Pharaoh won’t refuse them this time? After all, he knows full well that a God who can block out the sun, cause fiery hail, and obliterate every plant in the region must also be capable of such a criminal genocide. Surely Pharaoh will let them go? But no, God steps in and hardens his heart—the Israelites must stay.
I can only imagine the internal conflict that must have raged on in Pharaoh’s head. Here he is, knowing that his refusal will mean the death of thousands of innocent men, boys, and cattle. This will mean the downfall of his entire culture; the nation that he has been charged with defending and expanding will come toppling down around him… and yet, he says no. He wants to say yes, he needs to say yes, but something in his mind forces him to say no.
Despite that being a very dramatic moment, the movie totally screws it up. In the movie, it’s not God, but Pharaoh who decides the final plague should be the death of every first born. Now, I’m not a writer or anything, but how do you confuse those two plots? The writers even invented a side story where Nefretiri saves Moses’ son in order to try and win back his love. But can you blame their lies? Imagine if the writers actually stuck to the bible? Imagine how confused the viewers would be; imagine their disgust in God!