29 At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. 30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.
31 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.
37 The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Sukkoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. 38 Many other people went up with them, and also large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds. 39 With the dough the Israelites had brought from Egypt, they baked loaves of unleavened bread. The dough was without yeast because they had been driven out of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves.
40 Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years. 41 At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the Lord’s divisions left Egypt. 42 Because the Lord kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the Lord for the generations to come.
My first thought was to title this post, “God is faithful.” But “The God of the turn around” is appropriate as well. Let’s start with Pharaoh telling Moses in Exodus 10:28, “Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die.” Verse 31 is the turnaround. We see Phaoraoh summons Moses, tell him to leave, and then…request a blessing. James 4:6b tells us, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Amen. Finally, we see some humility in Pharaoh.
Remember Exodus 5:2 when Pharaoh told Moses, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” Now Pharaoh speaks, “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. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21).
Many, many, many years of slavery but now…”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.
Verse 37b, “There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children...in slavery.” 600,000 MEN, BESIDES WOMEN and CHILDREN…at least 2 Million people set free!
Exodus 12:42, “Because the Lord kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt…”
The Unchanging God kept vigil over man to bring them out of sin.
He gave His Son, His Name is Jesus, The Mediator between God and men.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you
out of darkness into His wonderful light.
Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;
once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
1 Peter 2:9-10
THE GOD OF THE TURNAROUND!