“Now when Pharaoh let the people go…” (Exodus 3:17).

That Pharaoh let the Hebrews “go” doesn’t adequately capture what has taken place. The word translated “go” is much more emphatic in the Hebrew text; having a literal meaning of “hurling” or “driving” away. Unbeknownst to Pharaoh, he wasn’t just permitting, but rather, enthusiastically participating in the providential purposes of God’s plan of deliverance for his people. It’s just another example of God’s oversight despite the desperate circumstances that would seek to enslave us.

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