ISRAEL’S SUFFERING IN EGYPT
After the death of Joseph and all the brothers that came to Egypt with their father, Jacob, the blessing of God which He promised the descendants of Abraham had been manifested. They have now grown from seventy that came with Jacob to multitudes because God multiplied them. Exodus ! reads “All those who were descendants of Jacob were seventy persons (for Joseph was in Egypt already). And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.” God is always faithful to His promises. These ones are probably the fourth or fifth generation of Jacob because according to what God told Abraham while he was waiting for Isaac, He said his descendants would spend 400 years in a strange land and at the end He would take them out with a strong hand and return them to their land. Exodus is the book that deals with what the children of Israel were facing as a result of new king in Egypt that refused to learn from history about Joseph and all that God used him to achieve in Egypt and also about his people.
Let us read from Exodus what had been happening to them. ” Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage—in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.(Exodus 1: 8-14).
The new king in Egypt became jealous of this strange tribe that were different from them in all respect. Their occupation (Herdsmen) was an abomination to the Egyptian. They had filled the land and appeared stronger than them. Therefore he was afraid of them and what they might do in case of war. The next strategy was for him to turn them into slaves. He made them to do heavy work, building cities, and also made their lives bitter because of the sanctions imposed upon them. They subjected them to hard labor which made them to be completely exhausted because their work was highly demanding. This type of work was imposed on them to kill them so as to reduce their number. But the bible says the more they were afflicted with this hard bondage, the more they multiplied.
Nobody can outwit God. God who knew the end from the beginning, and had everything under his control, knew what He had to do to deliver the children of Israel from the land. If they were not subjected to this hard labor, it would be impossible for anyone to say to them “Let us go back to where we came from”. God had to make them face some challenges, or go through some “persecution” so as to make them uncomfortable, and then it would be easy to give them alternative measures. God that promised never to leave them was still solidly behind them and that was why the affliction had no effect on them numerically. The king of Egypt took another step to reduce their number by asking the Hebrew midwives to kill their male children during delivery and save their female children. But the midwives feared God and did not obey the king of Egypt. So Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “Every son who is born you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive.” From this statement, the king had declared war between the children of Israel and the Egyptians, and life was not going to be the same again. They had enjoyed many years of prosperity and multiplication and now that life has turned bitter for them, it was time to move out of Egypt.
Our God again has started to put His plan together of moving His children from Egypt. He needed a man that would be His spokesman to lead them out. Exodus 2 will show us His method of delivering His people from slavery. Children of God, whatever we face in life is for a purpose. If we can put all our Trust in God, we will be able to come out shinning. Isaiah 43:1-2 says “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. This scripture says whenever you are going through any problem, He will be there with you. Once God is with you, you don’t have to fear. He will see you through until He fulfills every of His promises concerning you. No problem will overcome you, and the plan of the enemy will not prevail against you and every weapon of the enemy God will destroy completely, and put your enemy under your feet. Remain blessed.!!!