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And so it began. God had taken the time to show the Egyptians and the world that he was God and these were his chosen people.  As he promised, they were leaving as free people–enriched by their captors. 

What they did not realize was that free people still encounter troubles. They have to walk by faith and follow God closely, or, they could lose the freedom that they so recently received.  At this point, however, it was time to move. It must have been amazing to be leaving the land of their captors. They had only heard the stories of Joseph and the promised land—so now to actually be leaving Egypt and going there must have seemed like a dream. In addition, to have people handing them gold and jewels—the very people that had exploited and beaten them their entire lives, must have seemed like a dream.

When God works his plan, there is little doubt it was him. It not only seems amazing, it is amazing. Through him, the impossible becomes possible, and those that seem defeated become the victors. God’s plan is clear and convincing. We do have to remember, however, that when he grants freedom, that freedom comes with the responsibility of following him.

God Bless You

During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested.

Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.”

The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!”

So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing.

The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing.

The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.

The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Sukkoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children.

Many other people went up with them, and also large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds.