“I will make the Egyptians favourably disposed towards this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed”.
Ex 3:21 NIV
The teachings of many modern philosophers and scientists has gradually assigned to God a smaller and smaller role in the lives of people and in the world at large. Time was, five hundred years ago, that the church was the most powerful institution and often called the shots politically as well as spiritually. That is no longer so and, at least in the west, organized religion has retreated into a more modest role in human affairs. This has been accompanied by a sense that, although God is still thought of as a God of love, he is seldom regarded as a God of real power in the world. He just works on people’s inner lives and in domestic affairs. This is a common assumption. God is here to help the weak, but if you are strong you can do without him.
The verse here depicts God as promising to change the hearts and minds of the people of Egypt in their attitude to the Hebrews. And in the end the Egyptians, who had despised the Hebrews, changed their hearts and gave them gifts as they left on their trek back to Canaan (modern Israel).
Christian believers will pray that God will transform people’s minds and hearts today. They will pray that those who feel they are called to engage in armed conflict to gain control of the world will think more creatively and peacefully. They will work to bring about less prejudice between nations and economic groups, rich and poor. They will pray that God’s kingdom will come into the hearts and minds of men and women everywhere.
Lord, grant that people everywhere will be more favourably disposed to you.