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Exodus 12 vs. 29-36 with Betty

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29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said.

32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.

33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.

34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders.

35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:

36 And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

 In today’s reading we learn that the Lord smote all the firstborn of Egypt just as he had promised, from the firstborn of Pharaoh down to the firstborn of the captive in the dungeon. Not one Egyptian home was spared a death.

As all this death took place, Pharaoh rose in the night and he called for Moses and Aaron and ordered him to leave Egypt and take all of the children of Israel and be gone. 

The Egyptian people were urgent that the Israelites depart for they feared if they remained they would all be dead men.

The people had to leave in such haste that they took their dough before it was leavened, but in all their haste, they did as the Lord had commanded and borrowed jewels, silver and gold and raiment from the Egyptians. And the Egyptians leant them all that they required, so much so that the departure of the Israelites “spoiled” the Egyptians.

The scripture said the people found favor with the Egyptians and that’s why they lent them so much, but I wonder if they might have been so anxious to have them out of Egypt that they were willing to part with anything to assure that they would leave. By this time, the Egyptians must have been very fearful indeed of failing to heed the Lord, God of the Israelite people.

Betty Killebrew

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