THE "EGYPTIAN WATERGATE"
by Mary Nell Wyatt
(First published in newsletter # 3 in 1993)
The year is about 1446 BC. The Egyptian pharaoh, his army and all the members of all
the priesthoods have left in great haste. They are enraged that their entire slave population has
fled, even though less than a week earlier the pharaoh and his ministers had virtually begged
them to leave. The Egyptians lavished the great multitude of slaves with objects of gold, silver
and precious stones as supposed "payment" for all the work they had done as slaves.
And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the
Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: 36 And the LORD gave the people
favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And
they spoiled the Egyptians.
The Hebrew words in this text that are translated "borrow" and "lent" are the same word,
"shaal". And this word simply means "ask", "demand" "request", "give", etc. Only 6 times in the
entire Bible is it translated "borrow" and 2 times as "lend" or "lent". But 87 times it is translated
"ask" and in excess of 60 times is it translated to read other words which mean simply "ask". The
verses are telling us that they "asked" for these things, as God had told them to do so they would
not be a destitute nation. And the Egyptians were quite happy to comply with whatever they
asked. The fear of God was in the Egyptians after the terrible plagues which had befallen them
by the Hand of the Israelites' God.
Back home in Egypt, the entire country is trying to recover from the catastrophic
destruction the country has suffered as a results of the plagues brought by the God of the slaves,
"I AM". Every family is in mourning for the loss of their first born. Nothing of this magnitude
has ever been experienced by these people.
The crown-prince, the young boy, Tutankhamen, is being mourned by the entire nation
and preparations are being made for his burial. But mostly, all is at a standstill until the pharaoh,
the ministers of state, the army and the priesthoods all return with the slaves. Throughout the
land, the continuous sound of mourning can be heard from sun up to sun down, and even
throughout the night.
The pharaoh, as soon he ascended the throne 8/9 years earlier as emperor, had taken as
his "great wife and queen" a lady of foreign blood by the name of Tiy. When he had been co-regent in Memphis, he had been married to a royal daughter, as was tradition. It was this royal
lady who had given birth to his firstborn, Tutankhamen. But it was the "common" foreign wife
whom he elevated to "great king's wife and queen" as soon as he was "boss"- and this lady was
to play a big part in later events of Egyptian history after the Exodus. But now, back to the story
Soon, word arrives at the palace in Memphis that is too fantastic to be believed- the
entire Egyptian army, all of the priesthood and the pharaoh himself have all perished! All
drowned in the Red Sea while in pursuit of the slaves! The confusion, grief, fear and agony of
the entire country is impossible to imagine. But very quickly, it becomes utmost in the minds of
those remaining that knowledge of what has happened must be kept secret.
The previous emperor had secured the position of Egypt as the world power. All nations
feared as well as respected Egypt. They all, for the most part, brought their tribute regularly to
the palaces, and Egypt had want of absolutely nothing. She had no need to ever go to war for the
nations feared her great army. If word of what happened here became known, Egypt could lose
her control over her vassal territories and that would mean financial disaster.