Saturday, 20th July, 2019
Reference text: Exodus 12:37-42
Exodus 12:40 The Israelites had lived in Egypt for 430 years
I read a test that was conducted to check how much of the original information transmitted from a source would return to the source if it went through multiple individuals, solely by word of mouth. This trial concluded that over the course of a day, a significant fraction of the original information, likely containing relevant facts, is filtered out as information travels across because each person relays the information they receive subjectively.
So going back to the nation of Israel, they had stayed in Egypt for 430 years. If that is hard to picture, assuming that humans have an average lifespan of 70 years, that represented over six generations. Surely, across the six generations, key elements of the promises of God told their fathers and to them regarding a land with riches and wealth which they would call their own, would have been lost. It would actually not have been much of a surprise if it was almost entirely forgotten by the people.
However, God never forgot and neither did He change his mind because
God is not a man, that he should lie;
He doesn’t change his mind like humans do. Has he ever promised,
Without doing what he said? (Numbers 23:19 TLB)
It may have taken 430 years, but that was not how late God was, it was how long it took to get Israel ready to march out and for God to set them on course to inherit what had been promised. Sweetheart, the message today is this: ‘concerning His promises to you and your house, GOD NEVER FORGETS.