Exodus 11 (Listen)
11:1 The LORD said to Moses, “Yet one plague more I will bring upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt. Afterward he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will drive you away completely. 2 Speak now in the hearing of the people, that they ask, every man of his neighbor and every woman of her neighbor, for silver and gold jewelry.” 3 And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people.
4 So Moses said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘About midnight I will go out in the midst of Egypt, 5 and every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the cattle. 6 There shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there has never been, nor ever will be again. 7 But not a dog shall growl against any of the people of Israel, either man or beast, that you may know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’ 8 And all these your servants shall come down to me and bow down to me, saying, ‘Get out, you and all the people who follow you.’ And after that I will go out.” And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger. 9 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”
10 Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, and the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go out of his land.
“Now announce to the people that both men and women should ask their neighbors for silver and gold items.” The Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians (Exodus 11:2-3a CSB).
While the final plague is predicted here, notice God’s provision for His people. God could have said that financially He would take care of everything, but He doesn’t. The Egyptians give gold and silver jewelry to the Israelites. What a great reminder that God’s ways are not our ways and that He is our provision, even if it is from an unexpected source.
What are ways God has provided for you? Has any provision come from an “unexpected” source? Give God thanks for all of His provisions.
Pray it: Father, thank you for providing for me in ways that are at times unexpected or unnoticed. Let me remember that you are the God who provides for my needs – but not my wants – and to be intentional both in giving thanks for your provision and also noticing your provision when I may be tempted to ignore it. Amen.
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