1. Favor or grace in the Old Testament

We began in the previous post  to delve a bit deeper into the favor of God, using Prophet Noah as a springboard:

But Noah found “grace”  (H2580/chen)  in the eyes of the LORD – Gen 6: 8.

We asked two questions:

  1. Would the usage of the word “grace”  would help us to understand the meaning of the “grace” or favor of God?
  2. Are there texts in which “grace” directly refers to God showing favor or “grace”  to a human?

2. God caused the Egyptians to transfer wealth into the hands of  the Jews as an act of His favor  – this was PAYBACK – double for trouble – supplies for the tabernacle.

God spoke twice to Moses about having the Jews “borrow” gold, silver and clothing from the Egyptians.   The Egyptians were willing because they saw the wonders of God and feared Him.  When Moses gave the command, all of Egypt hurried to obey because God had given His people favor.

The transfer of the wealth of Egypt to the Jews came because of the Prophetic Word of God.  This transfer came at the end of 430 years of hard, unpaid labor.

God told His people to “borrow”  jewels of gold and silver and clothing.  The Egyptians willingly “lent” God’s stuff to His people.  No need to repay the Egyptians because the earth and all of its fullness belong to the Lord!

Sometime after midnight on 14th Abib, 2668, the Jews left Egypt in style. They were dressed glamorously.

This is so funny!  Picture the former slaves leaving Egypt looking as if they were stepping unto the red carpet.

We need to understand that the wealth was not just for the Jews. God needed some of those supplies  for the tabernacle and would later ask them to give  generously for that purpose.

Why are you asking God for wealth?

And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.

And I will give this people favour (H2580/chen)  in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty.

 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put [them] upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil (strip) the Egyptians (Exodus 3: 20 – 22).

And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague [more] upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let [you] go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.

Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold.

And the LORD gave the people favour (H2580/chen) 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 (Exodus 11: 1 – 3).

And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:

 And the LORD gave the people favour (H2580/chen) in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them [such things as they required]. And they spoiled the Egyptians (Exodus 12: 35 & 36).

Blessings, peace and angelic prosperity and protection. I am still chuckling over these scriptures. Real funny!