A couple of weeks ago, I read through Exodus chapter 3. The last two verses really jumped out at me.
“I will grant this people favor with the Egyptians, so that when you depart you will not leave empty-handed. Every woman will ask her neighbor and the one who happens to be staying in her house for items of silver and gold and for clothing. You will put these articles on your sons and daughters – thus you will plunder Egypt!”
God didn’t initially instruct Moses to have the men demand it of the Egyptians. No, the women would “ask” it of their neighbors and houseguests (both feminine in the Hebrew). God used the social skills of women to accomplish His purposes in supplying what the Israelites would need in resources and clothing for their journey. Women asking other women to give them these items of value. “May I have your silver, please? And, throw in your gold jewelry, by the way. Oh, I want that dress, too.” Isn’t that interesting?
Now, my husband and I had an interesting discussion about this. He playfully suggested that God used the women as extortionists. “Give up your goods or more bad things will happen to your family.” This event would take place after the ten plagues ravaged the Egyptian countryside. Perhaps the Egyptian women would be scared into giving. Unless all the women were as bold as Miriam, I just don’t see them as extortionists. My Bible’s notes didn’t comment on the “women” thing at all in Exodus 3.
Later, in Exodus 11:2, God told Moses to have both the men and women ask their neighbors for silver and gold. God said he would give the Israelites favor so that the Egyptians would shower them with goods.
Back to God’s initial instructions to Moses, He said the women were to do this. As I thought about it, I began to smile. God created women to be social. God chose to use this gift of social skills He gave to women as an avenue to provide for His people, all of them — men, women, boys and girls. Whether the woman and her neighbor or houseguest liked each other or not, obviously there was a relationship built that became useful to God’s purposes. Women are pretty good at building relationships with other women. After all, we have to share those 20,000 words per day with someone!
This reminds me of the group of women who took care of Jesus’ needs (Luke 8:1-3). Those women socialized together, traveling with Jesus, pooling their resources to meet Jesus’ needs and those of His disciples as well. Today, whenever a woman is seriously ill, has a newborn, is shocked by the death of a loved one, other women quickly gather around her taking care of whatever the needs of the moment are. Meals. Childcare. Lodging. Loving on them with God’s love. Once again, God uses our social skills to accomplish His purposes for His people.
I love the fact that God made me a woman. I am grateful for all the wonderful women whom God has chosen to place around me. I love that God considered His creation of women with social skills to be a valuable part of His purposes for His people.
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