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QQC--Favourably Disposed

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 12:33-36
Pharaoh has summoned Moses and Aaron and told them to get out of the country. By now all the Egyptians want God’s people to leave. “Hurry! Shoo! Get out of here!”
But God had told his people to do a curious thing. Back at the burning bush, God said to Moses:
“I will make the Egyptians favourably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. Every woman is to ask her neighbour and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.” Exodus 3:21, 22
So now that God’s people can finally leave, it’s time to plunder. It has always boggled my mind that 1. God’s people were bold enough to ask their former captors for silver, gold and clothing and 2. That the Egyptians actually gave them what they asked.
The passage says that God had made the Egyptians favourably disposed to his people—an amazing thing, given that they surely perceived their former slaves as beneath them and the ones responsible for all the terrible plagues that had come on the land.
Favourably disposed. Lord, please make others favourably disposed towards me.

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