I love the analogy of how Egypt was to the Israelites as our old life is to us. I always find something new to allegorize, because our infinite God doesn’t give us pointless details.
Today, consider the plunder of Egypt by the Israelites before their exodus (Ex. 12:35-36). They took things from their old life to make new things for their new life, but how they used it was vital.
They used a lot of the gold, etc. to make things that were detestable to the Lord in rebellion, like the golden calf they worshiped.
However, they also made things for the tabernacle, like bronze basins, that when polished, shone so beautifully that you could see your reflection in them. These basins were filled with water and used by the priests to make themselves clean when they went into the tabernacle of meeting or near the altar.
In life, when we go through difficulties, persecution, pain, and suffering, what do you bring with you? Do you carry the hurt and turn your back on God? Or do you take the experiences and victories and craft them into a new purpose that pleases the Lord?
Much like the basins of bronze, our testing can be refined to allow us to see Christ in our reflection. Through trials, we grow closer to the One who set us free.
Exodus 12:35-36, Exodus 30:17-21, Psalm 66:8-12, 2 Corinthians 5:17, James 1:2-3. ©️2019 Rachel D. Lyne