21 “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.” Exodus 3:21-22
I was drawn to these two verses for the reading today. I never really remember reading these, but God has me pondering them today. Some back story is required here. Moses is sitting in front of a burning bush that is not being consumed. God has revealed Himself in this way to Moses. This to Moses I can see being a very scary and crazy thing to witness. Then you add to what God wanted him to do; even more crazy. God wanted the whole nation of Israel to be drawn out of Egypt by the man whose name means drawn out. These two verses make me realize that sometimes God will grant favor to us if we just get past the pride of asking. The Egyptians were not just going to give up their things, verse 22 makes it clear they had to ask. As I heard in a sermon this week that favor is not free, it always costs you something. In this case it may cost you pride. Later in chapter 4 Moses complains to God that he can’t speak well. I think God’s anger was stirred up because of lack of faith and also trust in God providing the words needed to talk to Pharaoh. Sometimes the favor God provides may be held back because we need to humble ourselves and ask for help if we need it.