God gave Israel the Ten Commandments. When the Lord liberated his people from slavery in Egypt, He punished Pharaoh with the Ten Plagues. God created the world with nine invocations, “And God said let there be…” to which we can add the first, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” and so here too there are ten.
These three accounts: creation, miraculous signs and the Law show that there are ten degrees in each of the three steps of the revelation of God. Significantly, in the Hebrew alphabet the tenth letter yod (י) has a numerical value of ten. The first letter of the name of God (יהוה) is yod.
The Ten Plagues were not only a means of...
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