January 17, 2006
Jacob's prophecies; deaths of Jacob and Joseph; the Hebrews oppressed in
After Joseph's death, the prestige the Israelites had enjoyed in
Desperate for an answer to his dilemma, Pharaoh demanded of the Hebrew midwives . . . if it be a son, then ye shall kill him (1:15-16). Sometime after this horrible edict was issued, a man of the house of Levi . . . took to wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman . . . bare a son: and . . . she hid him three months (2:1-2). But then, fearful of being discovered, she prepared an ark of bulrushes . . . and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags (reeds) by the river's brink (edge) (2:3).
If it had not been for Pharaoh's cruel edict, Moses would never have been rescued by Pharaoh's daughter and given all the advantages of the world's greatest empire of that time. God was preparing Moses to lead the Israelites to the promised land.
We may be forced to endure suffering under the control of a situation where we may be as powerless as the baby Moses in a homemade ark floating in the
In spite of all life's difficulties, every Christian, regardless of circumstances, can say with the Apostle Paul: I am persuaded (convinced), that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come . . . nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
As the Messiah who would come through the tribe of
Genesis 49:10 gathering = obedience; 49:20 fat = rich; 49:21 hind = deer; 50:15 requite us = pay us back in full; Exodus 1:10 when there falleth out any = in the event of; 1:13 serve with rigour = work as slaves under cruel circumstances.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Colossians 1:14