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Why were the Jews deserving of the miraculous Exodus?

by Mrs. Dinka Kumer

  

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One reason G-d redeemed the Jewish people was because He had made a promise to Abraham that though He would send his descendents into slavery, He would later redeem them and bring them into freedom with much wealth. So, G-d was making good on His word.

The Jewish people also earned their redemption with merits of their own. Despite the pressure to assimilate, the Jews preserved their Jewish names and customs as well as their native clothing and language, choosing not to adopt the Egyptian alternatives.

And yet, G-d still found His people bare of actual mitzvahs, so He gave them two opportunities for earning reward. G-d commanded the Jews to bring a lamb indoors which would subsequently become their Pascal sacrifice. This was real self-sacrifice on the part of the Jewish people since sheep were worshipped by the Egyptians. Yet there in broad daylight, the Jews did as they were told much to the horror and objection of their Egyptian neighbors. Second, G-d commanded the Jewish males to circumcise themselves, a commandment that had not been kept up by most in the generations after the passing of Jacob’s sons. With these two commandments, G-d gave the Jewish people the merits they needed to deserve redemption.1

But, underlying all of this was G-d’s love of His people. G-d sought to grant the Jews merit, but ultimately He saved us from captivity because we are His children.

Footnotes

  • 1. Mechilta Parshat Bo and Socher Tov, 114

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