Why God ordered Moses to ask for all that gold to cross through the desert?
If Moses and his people were to remain in the desert for 40 years, why did they need gold for?
They would need the gold and sliver later on to build the ark of the covenant, and the items that go in the outer court and inner court of the first temple that would house the ark of the covenant.
I would have to agree with SirDent that they would need it also for money to some degree. Even later in their timeline they would use the gold and silver to build Salomon's temple. By that time they should have been prospering to gain more wealth.
God also showed them favor after 400 years of captivity.
Many "ancient alien theorists" think that some guardian UFO aided Moses during his 40 years of wandering through the desert in an aimless fashion. "A new era now lay ahead for the Israelites and the guardian UFO vanishes from the pages of the Old Testament - except for the one incident concerning the prophet Elijah."
Well, it is obvious that the beginning of the book of Ezekiel could be talking about UFOs & aliens, but what does this have to do with gold collecting slaves? I don't know, but if I was an advanced race of beings (or a God of some sort), I'd be making those little bastards work for me, plus, gold is very useful for a lot of things - including electronic devices. That's right, Moses, listen to me dear mortal man, or I shall zap you into oblivion with my fancy, photon torpedo weapon... LOL!
For one thing, Egypt owed Israel wages for all those years of slavery they were subjected to. Plus, as has been stated, the gold they received went into the construction of the Tabernacle.
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