13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that
for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers
in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved
and mistreated there. Genesis 15:13 NIV
I was re-reading about Abraham recently and it just hit me how long that actually is. We’re talking the equivalent of 1623 here - in the UK that would be Elizabeth I, Walter Raleigh, gunpowder plot, the bubonic plague.
In the US, the Pilgrims would have only just landed in America.
No wonder the Israelites weren't keen on following Moses - even apart from the whole murderer thing, he was telling them to believe in what must have seemed like myths and legends to solve their problems. And that's before he started making demands of Pharaoh.
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