In the world but not of it

June 14, 2010

Mixed multitude…

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A rabble of non-Israelites went with them…Exodus 12:38

The last plague has struck Egypt. Pharaoh now concedes and demands that Moses and the children of Israel leave. Nearly two million people pack it up and begin to leave Egypt forever to follow the Lord’s calling to a new land.

But did you notice this brief statement here in verse thirty-eight? The NKJV words it as a “mixed multitude” and other translations state it as “many people who were not Israelites”…

What happened that would cause many non-Israelite people to pack up their lives completely and leave with Moses? I would suggest that these people had watched, perhaps in silence, the mighty works of the Lord. They saw the plagues come and go, they watched Moses and Aaron obediently and consistently address Pharaoh and in the end their hearts were changed also.

This is such a picture of God’s grace in action. In the first two chapters of Romans we see this truth given to us first in chapter one where Paul says of the Gospel “It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” (Romans 1:16-17)

Then in chapter two…“There will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.”(Romans 2:10-11).

Our life is our witness and when our lives are submitted to God and He has the freedom to work in and through us, people see it and respond. Their hearts begin to change, they desire to follow and have for themselves what they see in us.

Wherever God has placed us, there we will find others waiting, watching, wanting…

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