In Exodus, God instructs Moses to tell Pharaoh that Israel is his "firstborn"

Exodus 4:22-23 (NWT)
And you must say to Phar′aoh, ‘This is what Jehovah has said: “Israel is my son, my firstborn. And I say to you: Send my son away that he may serve me. But should you refuse to send him away, here I am killing your son, your firstborn.”

This implies that there are additional "children" Who are the other children and how many other "sons" were placed on the earth?

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    It is not clear what you are asking. Please expand on your question following the quotation of the verses. In Exodus 4:22-23, God is referring to the descendants of Israel collectively and figuratively as His "firstborn". This language is intended to emphasize to Pharaoh the threat against the firstborn sons of Egypt should Pharaoh refuse to let the people go. – Abu Munir Ibn Ibrahim Aug 26 '17 at 21:23

The question is a common one which arises out of a strictly literalistic interpretation of scripture. Restated: Since Israel is a first-born son of God, and by common knowledge Jesus was a son of God, how many other sons of God actually existed.

The terms 'son-of God' and 'Sons of God' are used metaphorically except for Jesus who was God's ONLY begotten son.

The metaphors should be read as prophetic shadows of Christ, and the details of their circumstances used as a metaphor for the life of Christ.


There are sons of God by creation as we see in Job. These are spirit-beings.

God says that, "Out of Egypt have I called my son," and this is referred to by Matthew as a fulfilled prophecy consequent upon the child Jesus being brought back again after the death of Herod. The whole point of Israel was only ever fulfilled in the coming of Christ, the Messiah.

Once in olden times, and once only, is one referred to as "like unto the Son of God",and that by the Supreme Ruler upon earth, at the time.

Jesus Christ is only declared "Son of God" after resurrection. Only after righteousness is fulfilled, only after sin and sins are dealt with, only after death and a rising again - is he thus declared and made known.

The whole of Creation - and the whole of that thing called Israel - is only seen aright in Christ, risen and ascended. Then, and then only, can we properly understand all that was made known before.


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