Exodus 12:41 And at the end of four hundred and thirty years, to the very day, all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.
As the Lord said through Moses, at midnight while the Israelites waited in their homes until morning all the Egyptian firstborn died. There was a great cry among the people and Pharaoh told Moses take the Israelites and go worship the Lord. The Egyptian people said leave in haste.
Then a remarkable fulfillment of prophecy occurred when the Egyptians gave them gold, silver, clothing, etc. “and the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians,… Thus they plundered the Egyptians” A About 600,000 men and women and children left Egypt that day in an orderly fashion. I believe that represented at least 2.5 million total.
Then comes the climatic statement “all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.” C After ten plagues Egypt was devastated and at God’s appointed time the Israelites left Egypt in triumph with the wealth of Egypt. This gives me great joy to think of the power of God exhibited in this series of circumstances over 430 years. God protected his people even in great suffering as they grew from 75 people to a great nation of 2.5 million. They were now one more step along the way to the Promised Land.
What does this mean for me almost 2,000 years after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus? Jesus became sin and died on the cross so that believing in Him I can have the righteousness of God. I am assured that just as the Israelites were delivered, I am a child of God certain of eternity in heaven with Jesus. Meantime I am here with the opportunity to finish strong for Him no matter the circumstances.
Father please give me your strength and power to glorify You in all I do.
Notes: A- Exodus 12:36; Genesis 15:13-14 ; B- not used;
C- Exodus 12:41 “ four hundred and thirty years. This 430 years of “sojourning” in Egypt (Exodus 12:40) seems to conflict with the statement by God to Abraham that his seed would be a stranger in a land that would “afflict them four hundred years” (Genesis 15:13) and the statement by Stephen to the same effect (Acts 7:6). These numbers are not just round numbers (note the stress here on “the selfsame day”). Varied interpretations have been offered for the discrepancy of the thirty years, but the most obvious seems the inference that the first thirty years in Egypt (seventeen years before Jacob died, thirteen years after his death) were years of favor under Pharaoh, but when the new king arose “which knew not Joseph” (Exodus 1:8), then the Israelites were soon resented and persecuted, and eventually enslaved, remaining in such disfavor for exactly four hundred years.” Click here for source and add scripture reference. This source is free with many valuable comments by Dr. Henry Morris.
Henry Luke 9/20/2017
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