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by Wayne Blank
"Covered Wagons" In The Bible
The English word wagon is used to translate the Hebrew word (pronounced) ag-aw-law meaning a wheeled cart, or wagon. The use of them is recorded far back in Bible History.
Unlike their exodus over four centuries later, the Israelites' entry into Egypt was under very favorable circumstances. One of their own, Joseph (see Coat Of Many Colors) was running the country, and everything, including wagons, was provided for them to get there:
"And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto The Land Of Canaan; And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land. Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours."
The Israelites also had wagons when they left Egypt in the Exodus over 400 years later, as evidenced by that they had "covered wagons" in the Sinai:
"And it came to pass on the day that Moses had fully set up the Tabernacle [see The Tabernacle In The Wilderness], and had anointed it, and sanctified it, and all the instruments thereof, both the altar and all the vessels thereof, and had anointed them, and sanctified them; That the princes of Israel, heads of the house of their fathers, who were the princes of the tribes, and were over them that were numbered, offered: And they brought their offering before The Lord, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen; a wagon for two of the princes, and for each one an ox: and they brought them before the Tabernacle."
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