“Many other people went up with them.” ~Exodus 12:38 NIV
When you think about ‘following people’ these days doesn’t your mind go right to social media?
Well, mine goes further back than that. My brain goes right back to childhood memories when someone would follow me around…in that annoying, copy-cat kind of way, when a kid just wouldn’t give up and mimicked my every move. It used to drive me crazy! I mean…was I really worth following?
My church is in the middle of a series on Moses. Each week I’m hearing new perspectives on Moses’ life and the story about the Israelites leaving Egypt. When I was reading the story in my Bible, I re-read something I had made a note on years ago and I think it’s a part of the Exodus story details you might have missed?
I’m guessing you know God brought the Israelites out of bondage from Egypt through the Red Sea since Charleton Heston or Steven Spielberg’s, The Prince of Egypt taught you that much! Reading your Bible explains how eventually, the people got it together and entered The Promised Land but…
The Bible tells us that
“many other people went up with them”.
The original wording makes is clear that there were people of different nationalities who followed Moses and the Israelites, out of Egypt and into the desert. Scripture doesn’t give us a reason why these people followed the Israelites out of town, but I don’t think it takes rocket-science to figure it out why they were worth following.
The people would have seen God at work in the miraculous signs and wonders He performed through Moses, all to deliver the people He loved. They would have seen God provide for His people. Who wouldn’t want to join that group? Because of Moses’ and the other Israelites boldness, people were willing to take a stand and follow God’s leading for themselves.
When I was young I didn’t like people following right behind me; but as I read Moses’ story with fresh eyes, I’m filled with the desire to live a life worth following and I hope you are too!
Father…Thank you for loving me. I ask that my life would be marked with signs and wonders of Your hand at work so, others will be drawn in and find my life worth following. Help me to lead a clear, straight path right to Your heart. In Jesus Name…Amen
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- Exodus 12:38
- Exodus 12:19
- John 12:32
- 1 Corinthians 11:1, 1 Corinthians 4:16
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