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tmentour
Mar 20th 2010, 03:32 PM
Ex.11:3 (The Lord made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh's officials and by the people.)

Why "favorably"? what's going on here?

jayne
Mar 20th 2010, 05:28 PM
Well, to answer your question about Exodus 11:3, you need to take a look at Genesis 15, specifically verse 14.

In God's covenant with Abraham, promising him many descendants and a Promised Land, God said this to Abraham....

"Then He said to Abram: 'Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions.'" Genesis 15:13-14

God gave Abram a glimpse of the "exodus" hundreds of years before it every even took place.

Now, about the favor.

After the 10 plagues, Pharoah was still hard-hearted. But the people of Egypt and the officials of Egypt looked upon Moses with "favor".

This does not mean that they liked him. I looked up the word favor in Strong's Concordance and it has a few different meanings.


charm
grace
elegance
acceptance


I DON'T think that the Egyptians found Moses charming or graceful.

I think that they favored him by accepting the fact that he really was the messenger of God. And that they accepting his authority because of God's authority. It doesn't mean that they began to worship God or made God the main God over their false gods.

It just means they knew they were licked and that they were MORE than ready to see these Israelites GO.

So ready, that they said, "Here, get out! Take our gold, take our silver, take our animals and servants - but just GET OUT! We admit defeat...."

God knew that this would happen hundreds of years before it did and told it to Abram concerning his descendants.

scourge39
Mar 22nd 2010, 06:14 AM
Exodus 11:3 lists everyone in Egypt (except Pharaoh) as treating Moses favorably. The only Egyptian who tried to make life miserable for Israel was Pharaoh. God showed favor to the Egyptian midwives for sparing the Hebrew boys that Pharaoh wanted killed, according to Exodus 1:20-21. God hardened Pharaoh's heart for a specific purpose, according to Exodus 14:4, and that was to show EGYPT that Yahweh is God alone. It says nothing about God hardening the entire nation of Egypt, but specifically and repeatedly mentions hardening of heart in reference to Pharaoh. The Egyptians evidently had no problem with Israel, but Pharaoh did. Think of it as though a Christian employee were liked by his/her co-workers and disliked by his/her boss.

jayne
Mar 22nd 2010, 12:03 PM
Scourge39,

The midwives were Hebrew women.


15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 "When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live." 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, "Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?"

19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, "Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive."

20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

JohnDB
Mar 22nd 2010, 01:20 PM
It also happened in Daniel and Esther.

What it is is that these people are ruled/enslaved by their fears and their wants...they are slaves to them. God can and has used that before to control, lead, and cause people who have no love for Him to do as He desires to perform his provincial will.

In each case it is those who appear to be slaves aren't...and those who appear to be free really are the true slaves.

The choice is always ours. And the results are always the same. There is real freedom in Christ even though we claim to be his servants/children.

scourge39
Mar 22nd 2010, 05:00 PM
Scourge39,

The midwives were Hebrew women.

My mistake. Thanks for clarifying that 8)