16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’ The elders of Israel will listen to you.
Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go. 21 “And I will make the Egyptians ffavorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. 22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor 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.”
You know, there is just nothing that compares to THE WORD OF GOD! We live in the day of big business and these businesses function from strategy, vision, business plans, tactics, intellectual property, analytics, etc…and there is nothing wrong with any of it.
BUT…can’t help it…don’t want to…the verses above just makes my heart leap with joy. In them, we are privileged to read and know the strategy, vision, plan, tactics, intelligence, and analysis of the CEO of the Universe. The Potentate. The Sovereign. The Mighty One. The Commander.
E.F.Hutton has nothing on the Him; when The Lord speaks, it’s worth listening and hearing…count it done for His every Word is Truth!
I love this passage as well because of how it proves the deceit of the enemy in causing folks to believe that The Lord is some distant God who could care less about the affairs of people and this world. Did you catch all those “I’s” in the verses:
I have watched,
I have seen,
I have promised,
I know the king will not,
I will stretch,
I will perform,
I will make!
It is important for all who God has called to join Him in His Work to understand who is the true CEO and the controller of this world. He sets the plan and carries it out. We are simply blessed and empowered by His Spirit to be His instruments.
All throughout these verses we see His plan is to bless His children:
bring you up out of your misery
bring you into the land of the ‘ites’ – a land flowing with milk and honey
you will not go empty-handed
you will put articles of silver and gold, clothing on your sons and daughters
you will plunder the Egyptians
In big business, everything is kept secret until it is well planned out and ready to be executed to keep the competitors at bay. I pray that you noted how God has no problem stating His strategy for there is no one who can stop the plans of God! My, my, my…shout now!!!
This is great encouragement for our own lives and the enemy who comes against us. The following is what He said and we already know it was executed! He will do no less in our lives and the work He calls us to…He will perform it!
So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders
that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.