Exiting Egypt with only what they could carry, they were to change the world. Overnight, slave-Israel became a new nation totally different from the rest of the world. God gave them a reverse culture. This was to prepare and equip them to be his people. He said, “Do not learn the ways of the nations …” (Jeremiah 10:2).
That is why Abraham lived a nomadic life apart from the surrounding influences. He had to get the old culture out of his system. Centuries later, Moses came to Abraham’s descendants and urged Israel, “If you carefully follow all (God’s) commands… the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth” (Deuteronomy 28:1).