2 Ziv 1313 BC
But it wasn’t just 2 million sons of Jacob that left Egypt, there was a gang of folks that decided to tag along!
And a great multitude of sundry other nations went also with them, and sheepe and oxen, and exceeding much cattell. Exo 12:38 Bishops
The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, “Who will give us meat to eat? Num 11:4 NASB
“And a mixed multitude went up with them – Some perhaps willing to leave their country, because it was laid waste by the plagues. But probably the greatest part was but a rude unthinking mob, that followed they knew not why:” – Wesley
“Probably the greatest part of this mixed multitude were but a rude unthinking mob, that followed the crowd they knew not why; we afterwards find that they proved a snare to them [...] They were hangers on, who took hold of the skirts of the Jews, and would go with them only because they knew not how to live at home, and were disposed to seek their fortunes (as we say) abroad. These were the scabbed sheep that infected the flock, the leaven that leavened the whole lump. Note, A few factious, discontented, ill-natured people, may do a great deal of mischief in the best societies” – Henry
How much “rabble” do we bring with us or hang on to, after we decide to follow Jesus? For me, my rabble is the past. I was floored the first time I heard these lyrics in a song by Newsboys.
Why you holdin’ grudges in old jars?
Why you wanna show off all your scars?
What’s it gonna take to lay a few burdens down?
It’s a beautiful sound