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Are the Israelites Guilty of Stealing the Egyptian’s Gold and Silver?

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וּבְנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל עָשׂוּ כִּדְבַר מֹשֶׁה וַיִּשְׁאֲלוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם כְּלֵי־כֶסֶף וּכְלֵי זָהָב וּשְׂמָלֹת׃

The Israelites had done Moshe‘ bidding and borrowed from the Egyptians objects of silver and gold, and clothing.Exodus 12:35

In 2003, about 3,300 years after the Hebrews left Egypt, Nabil Hilmy, dean of the faculty of law at Egypt’s Zagazig University, announced that he was suing the Jews for the gold and silver they took when they left Egypt. Calling the alleged theft the “greatest fraud history has ever known,” Hilmy said that he and a number of Egyptian jurists will sue “the Jews of the world” for these lost treasures, the value of which Hilmy estimates in the trillions of dollars.

“If we assume that the weight of what was stolen was one ton,” Hilmy said, its worth “doubled every 20 years, even if annual interest is only 5%… hence after 1,000 years it would be worth 1,125,898,240 million tons… This is for one stolen ton. The stolen gold is estimated at 300 tons, and it was not stolen for 1,000 years, but for 5,758 years, by the Jewish reckoning. Therefore, the debt is very large.”

No case was ever brought but the threat highlighted the episode in the Bible in which, at the command of God, the Hebrews took the Egyptians’ gold and silver before leaving. 

As crazy as this may seem there is a precedent in Jewish tradition for such a case. The Talmud (Sanhedrin 91a) relates how the Egyptians brought a case before Alexander the Great, making a claim against Israel for the gold and silver the Hebrews took out of Egypt. Geviha ben Pesisa defended the Jews, saying that just as the Torah described the ‘theft,’ the Torah also described that 600,000 Hebrew men performed hard labor for the Egyptians for 430 years. The Egyptians had no response. After figuring how much the back wages would cost them, the Egyptians fled. This remuneration may have been hinted at in the commandment to give a “liberal” gift to a slave when setting him free (Deuteronomy15:13–14).

Though it may be true that the back wages were substantial, so were the riches the Hebrews took from Egypt before the Exodus. As Exodus 12:36 notes, Egypt was entirely stripped of its substantial wealth. 

Not only was taking Egypt’s wealth commanded by God (Exodus 11:2) but it was also the fulfillment of God’s promise to the Patriarchs (Genesis 15:13-14). The commentator known as the Ibn Ezra notes that even though “borrowing” the gold and silver with no intention of returning it may have seemed dishonest, the Israelites were blameless as it was done at the behest of God. 

The commentator known as Rashbam explains that the Hebrew word “ve-yishalu” does not mean that the Israelites “borrowed” the Egyptians’ treasures but rather “requested” them. The Egyptians gladly honored their request in the hopes that the Israelites and their plagues would swiftly leave their land. “They [the Egyptians] were neither forced or deceived by the departing Israelites,” concludes Rashbam. “They gave them gifts in the fullness of heart.”

Rabbeinu Nissim suggested that the reason for this deception was to motivate the Egyptians to give chase to the Hebrews after setting them free, thereby setting them up for the final (and well-deserved) judgment they received at the splitting of the sea.

Splitting of the Sea (Shutterstock.com)

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks answered the question by suggesting that God wanted the Israelites to be compensated to reduce their feelings of hatred against the Egyptians after centuries of enslavement. This is further supported by the Biblical prohibition against hating Egyptians (Deuteronomy 23:8). 

Whatever reason or method used to get the gold and silver, it had two very different uses. Eventually, the Egyptian wealth was put to good use in the Tabernacle. But before being used in the service of God, the gold was used in the worst way possible; to create the Golden Calf. The Talmud (Berachot 32a) described the dialogue between Moses and God after Israel sinned. 

Worshiping the Golden Calf

“Master of the Universe,” Moses said. “Because of the gold and silver that you lavished upon Israel during the exodus from Egypt until they said enough [dai]; it was this wealth that caused Israel to make the Golden Calf.”

The Talmud concludes that God eventually conceded this point, acknowledging partial complicity in the sin due to his commanding the Israelites to take the gold and silver, forcing upon them a huge temptation.Spread the love

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Monday, June 25th, 2018

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital and Orders U.S. Embassy to Move

President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced a plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested city.CreditCredit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

By Mark Landler

Dec. 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested Holy City.

“Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Mr. Trump said from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”

The president cast his decision as a break with decades of failed policy on Jerusalem, which the United States, along with virtually every other nation in the world, has declined to recognize as the capital since Israel’s founding in 1948. That policy, he said, brought us “no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.”

“It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result,” Mr. Trump declared.

7/12/2018 my thoughts and studies. Much of what I have been writing comes from my heart. 

Faith of our founders

While much has been written in recent years to try to dismiss the fact that America was founded upon the biblical principles of Judeo-Christianity, all the revisionism in the world cannot change the facts. Anyone who examines the original writings, personal correspondence, biographies, and public statements of the individuals who were instrumental in the founding of America will find an abundance of quotations showing the profound extent to which their thinking and lives were influenced by Christian’s worldwide.

that is not to say that all of the Founding Fathers were Christians. Clearly, they were not. But the point is that even those who were not Christians were deeply influenced by the principles of Judeo-Christianity – a mind-set that helped to shape their political ideals, it is possible to be so distracted with whether Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson ever put their personal faith in Jesus Christ

‎‎‎Monday, ‎25 ‎June, ‎2018

Introduction:

I am a Christian,

When I say I am a Christian, I am not saying I live a perfect and clean life.

I am whispering I was lost, now I am found and through Christ blood I am forgiven.

When I say I am a Christian I am not saying this with pride, I am confessing that I am a sinner, I am not worthy of God’s forgiveness.

 I need a guide, when I say I am a Christian, I am NOT trying to be strong, I am confessing that I am weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say I am a Christian, I am not bit trying for success. I am in need, I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say, I am a Christian, I am not claiming to be perfect my flaws are too far visible.

BUT God thinks I am worth it.

When I say I am a Christian, I am a Christian that has felt the sting of pain I have had my fair share of heartaches. 

Therefore, I can call upon His name, I am not saying I am holier than THOU. I am just saying I am a sinner who has received God’s good graces,

SOMEHOW!

The way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly

Psalms

Psalms 1:

1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

2- but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.

3- He shall be like a tree planted by the river of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

4- The ungodly are not so but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

5-Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6- For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Proverbs 12:11-12,14,16,17,18

11- those who work their land will have plenty of food, but the one who chases empty dreams is not wise.

12- the wicked want what other people have stolen, but good people want to give what they have to others.

14- People will be rewarded for what they say, and they will be rewarded for what they do.

16- Fools quickly show that they are upset, but the wise ignore insults.

17- An honest witness tells the truth, but a dishonest witness tells lies.

18- Careless words stab like a sword, but wise words bring healing.

Situation: Solomon gave instruction about life. He contrasted good with evil, wisdom with foolishness, and labor with laziness.

Discover perfect peace each day by starting morning prayer. This is a daily challenge. The last year has been cumulative effect on many of us – leaving many people both weary and wary. We are weary from the upsetting news filled our screens every night for most of the year. We are wary because we don’t know is ahead of us. But the good news is this – God has provided Christian TV to hear the truth. God is still in control. As we turn to the Scriptures and study GOd’s Word, and trust in His truth, we build our faithfulness to His Son Jesus.

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