Questions/Answers Were the children of Israel in Egypt for 400 years or 430 years? (Compare Genesis 15:13 and Exodus 12:41)

Were the children of Israel in Egypt for 400 years or 430 years? (Compare Genesis 15:13 and Exodus 12:41)

 

                                                                         QUESTION 14

WERE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL IN EGYPT FOR 400 YEARS OR 430 YEARS? THE BIBLE SEEMS TO GIVE BOTH THESE FIGURES! (SEE GENESIS 15:13 AND EXODUS 12:41)

 

           Let us read both the passages of Scripture that mention about the period of their sojourn in Egypt.

And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years. (Genesis 15:13)

Here it says four hundred years.

          In Exodus, Moses records the actual number of years they spent in Egypt. He wrote:

And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:41)

The Exodus record declares that the children of God spent 430 years in Egypt!

          Was it 400 years or 430 years that the children of Israel spent in Egypt?

          The New Testament also gives both the number of years. Stephen said:

And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years. (Acts 7:6)

And Paul wrote to the Galatians:

And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. (Galatians 3:17)

         Well, Moses is very clear that the number of years spent in Egypt were indeed 430 years, to the very date! Look at the passage again:

And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:41)

With this plain passage there can be no dispute that they lived in Egypt for 430 full years.

          Let us therefore closely examine the passages that talk about the 400 year period.

They shall afflict them four hundred years. (Genesis 15:13)

Entreat them evil four hundred years. (Acts 7:6)

          The affliction and the "evil" that they suffered in the foreign land were indeed four hundred years. But the total time they sojourned in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years!

 

 

Pastor Michael Pedrin Preaching