DAY 125 - BIG PICTURE IN A YEAR - THE EXODUS
AND THE LORD HAD GIVEN THE PEOPLE FAVOUR IN THE SIGHT OF THE EGYPTIANS, SO THAT THEY LET THEM HAVE WHAT THEY ASKED. THUS THEY PLUNDERED THE EGYPTIANS. EXODUS 12:36
Reading: Exodus 35: 4-29; Nehemiah 2: 1-9; Ezra 7: 6
Take a moment to think about the context of today’s reading. The Egyptians had endured weeks of plagues and hardships because of the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart. But in that time, somehow, the ordinary Egyptian on the street had become favourably disposed towards the Jews.
Friends and neighbours, hearing about this incredible deliverance the God of the Jews was preparing for them, came forward with offerings and blessings. Before God had even spoken to Moses about building the tabernacle, He had provided the means for its construction through the generosity of the Egyptians. Whether they were motivated by fear or love, they gave of their treasures.
This is the first time that we see God moving on the hearts of unbelievers to fund His people and the building of a place of worship. But it will not be the last time. It happens again when God moves on Artaxerxes’ heart to support Nehemiah and Ezra with authority and funding. And again, when Herod rebuilds the Temple just before Jesus’ time (John 2:20)
God has no problem using the wealth of the world for His glory. Expect Him to do it again.
Father we recognize You as provider of all things. Thank You that You can provide through any means, even through those who do actively serve You.
For the family
Growing up, I’m sure like me you were told many times “money doesn’t grow on trees...” Talk about the greatness of God, how He created all things and therefore can provide for any and all our needs. Take some time to share some stories of Gods provision. Explain that when He provides, money doesn’t just fall from the sky or grow on trees, but He uses people to release money. Explain how He can use them to give, or He may release money to you through others, but it is God who is providing.