A good way to start this exposition is to attempt to explain the phrase mixed
multitude. To do this effectively, we will look at the two words that make up this
The word mixed means something that is made of different kinds of things that are
combined. It may include or involve people of different races or religions. On the other hand multitude refers to a great number of things or people.
With these definitions in mind we can now approach the exposition with a great
deal of understanding.
For the purposes of our exposition, the mixed multitude here refers to the mixture
of the people of other races who dwelt with the Israelites and came out together
with them from bondage in Egypt. Exodus 12:38 KJV
[38] And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even
very much cattle.
The mixed multitude were to be differentiated from God’s own people as they knew
not the Lord. Their behaviour and character were also inconsistent with the
expectations of the Almighty God. Nehemiah 13:1-3 KJV
[1] On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and
therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come
into the congregation of God for ever; [2] Because they met not the children of
Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should
curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing. [3] Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed
Again, the mixed multitude among the Israelites were a source of temptation to
them. The scripture says that they fell a lusting. Together with the Israelites they
murmured and complained against Moses and by extension God.
Numbers 11:1-6 KJV [1] And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord : and the Lord heard it ;
and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and
consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. [2] And the people
cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the Lord , the fire was quenched.
[3] And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the Lord burnt
among them. [4] And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? [5] We
remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the
melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: [6] But now our soul is dried
away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.
The Lord Jesus alluded to this issue of mixed multitudes in the gospel of Matthew.
Matthew 13:25-30 KJV [25] But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and
went his way. [26] But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then
appeared the tares also. [27] So the servants of the householder came and said
unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it
tares? [28] He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto
him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? [29] But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. [30] Let both
grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers,
Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but
gather the wheat into my barn.
In conclusion, our attitude as Christians should be to continually witness to these
mixed multitude until they sincerely receive Christ as Lord and personal saviour. The churches are full of them. In some instances they have even permeated the
clergy. Jesus said we should not drive them away. Our duty is to show them good
Christian example peradventure they will repent and receive Christ in sincerity.

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