The Israelites Oppressed
These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. 5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy[a] in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7 but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.
8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerousfor us. 10 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.”
11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor,and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly.14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.
15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”
20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
This is a book of deliverance. One startling scene after another as we journey through slavery, a floating basket, unexpected rescues, burning bushes, dividing seas, plagues, 10 Commandments and so much more.
In the first chapter we see Jacobs family grow strong. When Jacob went to Egypt there was about 70 people. Now the number of people have grown tremendously. They are strong and Egypt was filled with them. The new king knew nothing about Joseph and his story and was worried about just how many Israelites there was. The Egyptians oppressed the Israelites into slavery yet their numbers still grew and Pharaoh considered them enemies.
Pharaoh came up with a plan and instructed two midwife nurses, that helped the Israelite women give birth, to kill all the baby boys. Yet, the nurses feared God and did not obey the king. Doing what God wanted instead of what the government was asking them to do, putting God‘s will first. Because they feared God He was good to them and blessed them with families of their own. They were blessed for their godly bravery. With God on the Israelites side it changed everything.
When Pharaoh realized his plan did not work he ordered that all the make children be cast into the river. Little did he know that that command for death of the male children would become the devine provision for training the deliverer of the Israel.
Gods plans are always bigger than ours. He is faithful. That promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will be fulfilled. That pit you’re in, that river you’re floating down or that mountain that you’re facing God will change everything when you follow God‘s well and not the will of the world. We have a moral obligation to stand by God!
Are you standing on the promises of God?
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