Saturday, June 9th,
rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
BY YOUR ENEMIES
the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they
granted them what they requested..." (Exodus 12:36)
The Israelites had slaved away for the
Egyptians for 430 years without pay. Of course God was going to remedy the
situation. He had their back-pay recorded to the penny. The cries of those
defrauded had reached the ears of Jehovah (James 5:4). He heard Jacob's
groaning and the crack of the taskmaster's whip. So he sent ten plagues on
Pharaoh's kingdom, everything from lice in their hair to frogs in their
kitchens. It culminated in the death of Egypt's firstborns, both man and beast.
But no plague crossed the fence-line of a Hebrew. Grasshoppers swarmed the
neighbor's cornfields but begged, "Excuse me", while passing around the
Hebrews' fields. Not one son was lost where lamb's blood marked the doorway. By
the time it was all over they were begging God's people to be on their way. And
they loaded them up with silver, gold and clothing as a get lost bonus.
It says "they plundered the Egyptians", "spoiled" in the KJV. What the
Israelites took, however, was not absconded. It was just wages held in arrears
for all those decades. "He also brought them out with silver and gold, and
there was not one feeble person among all their tribes" (Psalm 105:37).
God gave them favor, even from their enemies.
That still happens, you know. Mr. Scrooge wakes from his Christmas Future
nightmare quick to buy the Cratchets the biggest holiday turkey in the market.
Black raven waitresses snatch picnic meals from Ahab's table and drop them on
Elijah's lap. Mr. Bigs writes the church a $10,000 check and doesn't even know
why he is doing it. Just some weird compulsion. Solomon penned that those
walking in the wisdom of the word will "find favor and high esteem in the sight
of God and man" (Proverbs 3:4 NKJV). The early church was ever "praising God
and having favor with all the people..." (Acts 2:47) They didn't necessarily get favors
but they did have favor. That meant high respect. People trusted their
integrity and it paid off in business, relationships and community impact.
"When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace
with him" (Proverbs 16:7).
Joseph became second in command under an
earlier Pharaoh because God gave him favor with key personnel. Daniel was
elevated overnight to King Darius' inner circle because he had "distinguished
himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in
him..." (Daniel 6:3 NKJV) Wicked Haman was forced to parade Mordecai down Main
Street on the king's white mule because of God's favor. David's former
enemies bowed before Solomon, his royal son, because favor was upon him. Favor
is the Midas touch in a person's life. It is an anointing upon his countenance.
When the guy with favor walks into a room you can see it upon him like a suit
coat. Jesus had that glow. From a child He "increased in wisdom and stature,
and in favor with God and men" (Luke 2:52). Something mysterious is at work
when the Egyptians are begging, "Here, take my gold. Please, receive my car
keys. They are yours!" Another Proverb says the wealth of the wicked is laid up
for the righteous. Where there is favor there is transference. The abused will
come out on the other side wearing silk. But to receive favor a man must be
favorable. Position yourself as a servant of Christ. Seek first the kingdom of
God and His righteousness and the rest of it will be up to Him.