16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:
17 And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.
18 And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.
19 And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.
20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.
21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty.
22 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.
K.J.V. Bible Text
In Exodus Chapter 3, beginning at Verse 16, God explains to Moses how he is to go to Egypt and assemble the elders of Israel to tell them the Lord has seen what has been done to them in Egypt and that he has promised to bring the Israelites out of Egypt and into the land of the Canaanites—a land flowing with milk and honey.
God continues his instructions, telling Moses to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, that the Lord God of the Hebrews met with them. They are to ask the king to allow them to take a journey into the wilderness to make sacrifices to the LORD.
Knowing that the king would not let them go unless compelled to do so, the Lord promised to stretch out his hand and perform wonders among them so that the king will let them go.
He also promised them to favorably dispose the Egyptian people toward the Israelites so that when they left they would not go empty handed. He told them to have every woman ask her neighbor for articles of gold and silver and for clothing. Thus the Israelites would be able to plunder Egypt.
While we know that Moses has previously shown himself willing to fight for the Hebrews, we also know that he left Egypt in fear for his own life. Now by the will of God, he is asked to return to Egypt and remove their slaves from under the heels of the Egyptian people. Even for a brave, strong man with God on his side, Moses must surely have wondered how all this was going to work out.
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