The Greatest Liberation
In the unfolding of the ten plagues there is not only the role of YHWH; there is, essentially, also that of Moses and Aaron who, notwithstanding the hardened heart of the pharaoh, continue to ask him to convert. If we keep to the basic logic of the Bible, we should think that Moses and Aaron would have been probably struck after each plague. They knew that the pharaoh’s heart was hard but they couldn’t possibly know how far his obstinacy could take him. His stubborn inconvertibility is revealed again and again as they go to see him after each plague. And they had to assist to and resist through all this, up until the death of the children, a death they would not have wished to see. YHWH, their God of life, was the one who had blessed the midwives of Egypt years before, and in them, all the children of the Hebrews, the Egyptians...all the children in the world. The death cry of the firstborn that seems to annul the cry of life of the newborn saved by God and by the women from the hands of another homicidal pharaoh makes us dig deeper into this until we find a more profound trace.