Saving Egypt

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 12:35-36[2]

God instructed the Hebrews to do three things on the day of their deliverance. Slaughter a lamb for dinner and put its blood on the door frame to protect their firstborn. Remove all leaven from their homes. Ask the Egyptians for silver, gold and clothing. God gave his people favor so the Egyptians would part with their wealth and then the Bible says this is how they “plundered” the Egyptians.

I have a huge problem with the word “plunder”. According to Webster’s dictionary, plunder means to take especially by force as in war, to steal, commit robbery or looting. Do the translators really believe the God who said, “do not steal” commanded his people to steal. The Hebrew word translated plunder is a primitive root meaning to snatch away, defend, deliver, or preserve.

The last thing the Hebrews did before they left to serve their God was snatch away the Egyptians from total destruction. When God gave the Egyptians a willing heart to give the Hebrews gold, silver and clothing he stopped the cruse Pharaoh brought upon his nation through his willful disobedience.

The basis from my reasoning is founded in more than the translation of words. God’s law explains why he wanted the Egyptians to give the Hebrews their wealth. God’s law says when you release a Hebrew man or woman from service “do not send them away empty-handed.”[3] If you give to them liberally when you send them away “the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.”[4]

God was concerned about his people, but he was also concerned about the Egyptians. Their nation lay in ruins, so he made a way to bless everything they did. In so doing he preserved the nation of Egypt.

[1] From the time God promised to change Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob and his descendants were addressed as both Jacob and Israel, which can be confusing. In Follow Me: Deliverance, I will use “Hebrews” to identify the children of Jacob.

[2] All Scripture is from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] Deuteronomy 15:13

[4] Deuteronomy 15:18

About Teena Myers

Teena is the Vice Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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