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The nation of Egypt was on the verge of a famine unlike any seen before. Joseph was sent and prepared by God to save Egypt and his family. It worked beautifully and for the years to come all prospered, both those in Egypt and those that were of Joseph’s family. But, as life moved on, people began to forget the story. The value that Joseph and the children of Israel provided was forgotten and ultimately the children of Israel became a threat—not a gift.
In the world today, we see the same progression for both Israel and the Church. Israel has been the most treasured ally for the US in the middle east since Truman pressed for its nationalization. The United States has been a Christian nation, founded upon Christian principles and the leading producer of missionaries for the world. But, we are becoming a nation and a world that has forgotten the value of God’s hand upon our freedom and upon our safety.
Like the Egyptians, the peoples of the world are seeing the Israelites and the church as a threat, not a buffer. And like Egypt, they are separating and planning for the demise of both. They see us as intolerant and narrow minded. They associate us with the ignorant and the violent—Just as they did in Egypt. We must trust God, now more than ever. We need to be on our knees and seeking his forgiveness and restoration. Otherwise, like Israel of old, we are doomed to slavery and persecution. Look around the world, it is so much closer than you think.
God Bless You
These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family:
Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah;
Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin;
Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher.
The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died,
but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.
Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.
“Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us.
Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”