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. 32 Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.”
33 The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!” 34 So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing. 35 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. 36 The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.
50 All the Israelites did just what the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron. 51 And on that very day the Lord brought the Israelites out of Egypt by their divisions. (Exodus 12:31-36, 50-51 , NIV)
Imagine if you had been one of the Hebrew people who say the power of God displayed and then got to realize the freedom for which you had longed for.
If you do not know the entire story of the Exodus from Egypt, be sure to read that chapters in the book of Exodus prior to today’s text. Knowing the whole story, why do you think it took Pharaoh so long to full recognize–and accept–God’s power?
If you had been one of the Hebrew people leaving Egypt that night, how do you think you would have thought of and treated God from day that forward? What, if anything, could have changed your mind from your dedication toward him?
Perhaps you have not been freed from a foreign country, but in what ways has God given you your own exodus, or leaving, from a situation that held you captive?