Scripture: Exodus 12:33 (After the 10th and final plague was visited upon the Egyptians and all of their firstborn children died) The Egyptians urged God’s people to hasten their departure from the land, for they said, “We shall all be dead.” 34 So the people took their dough before it was leavened, with their kneading bowls wrapped up in their cloaks on their shoulders. 35 The Israelites had done as Moses told them; they had asked the Egyptians for jewelry of silver and gold, and for clothing, 36 and the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. And so they plundered the Egyptians.

Observation: This was a horrible episode for the Egyptian people. After the 10 plagues of the Lord, the country was completely devastated. Not only that, as the Israelites were leaving Egypt after 430 years of slavery there, the Egyptians voluntarily gave them much treasure and provision they would need in the wilderness. The bible uses the word “plundered” to describe what happened to Egypt.

Application: I find this is often how God works. When the grace of God goes ahead of us in life, all we need is given to us freely. We don’t have to struggle and strive for things as might normally be the case. Then all we do in response is give God the glory.

Prayer: Gracious God, you are so good to us. You really are. Today we marvel at the way you blessed Israel on its way out of Egypt. There is NO WAY they could have freed themselves, much less provided for themselves, so you did it for them. Heavenly Father, let it be so with those of us reading this blog. As we seek to do your will, provide for our every need. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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