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Ralph's Daily Devotional - Tuesday, June 12

It is interesting that in Exodus 3:21-22, God speaks of plundering the Egyptians.  Its basis seems to be a prophecy given to Abraham 400 years prior (Genesis 15:13-14). Its fulfillment is Exodus 12:35-36.  Psalm 105:37 seems to capture this thought.  What a seemingly impossible and implausible fact that the wealth, pride and splendor of the Egyptians would soon yield its treasure over to the poverty-stricken Hebrews!  Jesus' words, "The first shall be last and the last shall be first" is aptly seen here.

This plunder might be seen as just compensation and retribution for the Hebrew slaves being unfairly treated.  But also, this wealth was used later in the wilderness to build such objects as the ark of the covenant and the sanctuary made of gold and precious jewels.

In a different way, the Magi would much later yield their treasures before the poverty-stricken mother and father of Jesus.  They did so not out of compulsion like the Egyptians, but out of worship.

Our own treasure, of course, is Jesus Himself who has made the church heir of all things.  What lies before us in glory is beyond anything we can as of yet imagine.  Unlike Exodus, we do not take this treasure force.  Rather, it is God's gift of grace that makes us, who were once poor, rich!

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