Quick Note: Exodus to Exile

~ It is interesting to note that anytime the Israelites have a major journey to the Promised Land, God makes the people amongst whom they are living with favorably disposed to helping them by way of giving them gold, silver, etc. This happens when they leave Egypt for the Promised Land. This also happens after the Exile when they leave Persia (Babylonia) for the Promised Land (Israel).

So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.“And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. 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 3:20-22

Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.” (The Lord made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.) ~ Exodus 11:2-3

The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians. ~ Exodus 12:35-37

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In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm …

“This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them. And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.’”

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings. ~ Ezra 1:2-6

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he pleases. ~ Proverbs 21:1

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