by Clarence E. Macartney

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Great Nights of the Bible (1 of 16)
The Night of Doom
Clarence E. Macartney
Exod. 12:29

Until the great night upon which Christ was born, and
that other night when He was betrayed, this was the
most momentous night in the history of mankind. Some
of God's mightiest acts in the drama of providence and
redemption have taken place at night. This night
opened a new chapter in God's dealings with the world.
When the sun set that evening on Egyptian temple and
palace and river and field, Israel was a race of
slaves, hugging its chains. When the sun rose the next
morning, Israel was a nation, a nation on the march;
and ever since that nation has been on the march.
Egypt and all the great kingdoms of long ago have
disappeared, but Israel still lives. The Jew is
eternal because he follows the fiery pillar and cloudy
path of God's eternal purpose to redeem mankind.

Over all Egypt it is night. The April moon sheds its
golden light over all the land. Against the clear sky
rises the mighty Pyramid of Cheops, and in front of
that pyramid the Sphinx stares out over the white
moonlit desert with stony, mysterious, inscrutable
gaze. By the banks of the winding Nile and the
numerous canals, tall palm trees wave their branches
in the soft evening air. Along the river a thousand
villages are asleep. In his marble palace, flanked by
porphyry columns wound with sculptured serpents and
crowned with fierce eagles whose eyes flash with
precious stones, Egypt's Pharaoh slumbers. In the
temples of Isis and Osiris the fire has sunk on the
altars and the priests and their attendants are
asleep. In the huts and cottages of the peasants the
sons of toil are deep in sleep, sore labor's bath. In
the dungeon the captive has forgotten the galling of
his chains as sleep, balm of hurt minds, knits up his
raveled sleeve of care. All Egypt is asleep.

The terrible plagues that have vexed the land-the
hailstones that beat down t ...

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