Saturday, April 10, 2010
Abraham prefigures Israel's exodus.
Abraham's time in Egypt prefigures Israel's time in Egypt. Just as Jacob and his sons were driven into Egypt because of a famine, so was Abraham. Just as they were pushed into slavery, so Sarah was taken captive into the King's harem. Just as they Egyptians suffered a plague because they enslaved Israel, the King suffers an undefined plague. Just as Israel was sent out with the plunder, so the King gives Abraham all sorts of livestock and other gifts.