Exodus 1–Israel, Once a Nation Blessed; Now a Nation Enslaved

The story of Israel’s liberation has its beginning in the salvation of the known world.  Joseph manages Egypt through the most life-threatening famine the world had experienced.  Seven years of famine without any major plagues or starvation.  Israel and his family (70 in all) settled in Egypt and began to prosper.  They grew so well and so large that as the years passed, they became a threat to Pharaoh.  Pharaoh and his people forgot that without Joseph they would have all starved and died. 

 
Now Egypt was strong and prosperous.  Cities were being built and labor was needed.  So, a later Pharaoh, one who did not remember Joseph and his contribution, converted Israel’s life from partners to slaves.  As the relationship changed, God continued to prepare Israel for their liberation.  He worked in the lives of critical people like midwives to preserve the nation.

Vintage engraving of Ancient Egyptians building a Pyramid

  
All that being said, Israel was moving into one of its dark periods and it needed God’s man to bring them through.  The good news was that, as always, God had a plan.  What is more, God’s plan would launch Israel to a place they now are enjoying thousands of years later.  Israel’s history is filled with great and awful moments.  Through them all, one constant remains; God’s hand leading, guiding and directing His chosen people.


That same God loves us as his adopted children, and He offers to walk with us through our life battles and struggles.  We simply need to trust and obey the Lord and allow Him to lead.  If we will, we will see God’s plan take shape, and we will be able to live full and meaningful lives.  The Lord will never leave us nor forsake us.  He loves us way too much for that.


God Bless You


In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation. But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land.

Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. He said to his people, “Look, the people of Israel now outnumber us and are stronger than we are. 10 We must make a plan to keep them from growing even more. If we don’t, and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us. Then they will escape from the country.[b]

11 So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. They appointed brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down with crushing labor. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king. 12 But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became. 13 So the Egyptians worked the people of Israel without mercy. 14 They made their lives bitter, forcing them to mix mortar and make bricks and do all the work in the fields. They were ruthless in all their demands.

15 Then Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, gave this order to the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah: 16 “When you help the Hebrew women as they give birth, watch as they deliver.[c] If the baby is a boy, kill him; if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the king’s orders. They allowed the boys to live, too.

18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives. “Why have you done this?” he demanded. “Why have you allowed the boys to live?”

19 “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women,” the midwives replied. “They are more vigorous and have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time.”

20 So God was good to the midwives, and the Israelites continued to multiply, growing more and more powerful. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River. But you may let the girls live.”

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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