The following article is part of a continuing series on “Ah-Ha Moments in the Bible.”


The Song of the Angels
Magnificent angels — messengers of God — were sent to a nondescript field, to common shepherds keeping watch over their flock outside the walls of Bethlehem on an ordinary night that would change the history of the world. As if it were not enough that they had come, they came with a song, declaring that He had come. The Messiah, born to the very earth and people He had created. A babe who would grow to be a man who would spread His arms wide in love and sacrifice. A man who was and is and shall always be God Himself and who would — by His own power — raise Himself from the dead and ascend to the Father whom He loved and who loves us more than we can comprehend.


The shepherds heard the news first but certainly not last. Every time a man, woman, or child hears the Good News, the angels metaphorically proclaim it again. Every time that same man, woman, or child asks the Savior into their heart, the angels sing so thunderously, all of Heaven quakes.


God’s Promised People Enslaved to Egypt
When did you hear the Good News? When you heard, what was going on in your life? Were you, like God’s chosen people, enslaved?


Joseph (1915 - 1805 BC) was the 11th of the 12 sons of Jacob. At the ripe old age of 17, Joseph had become too sure of himself, cocky at times. His older brothers, who were grazing sheep near Dothan, dropped Joseph into a well and sold him to a group of Midianite merchants. These merchants then sold Joseph to one of Pharaoh’s officials, Potiphar. Over the years, Joseph prospered in the home of this man but was then the victim of sexual harassment. However, rather than his abuser (Potiphar’s wife) going to jail, Joseph did. In time, Joseph again rose in favor and became second-in-command to Pharaoh, having initiated a method by which Egypt would have plenty in time of famine.[1]


The land back home where his father and brothers were living, however, was in food crisis. Jacob sent his oldest sons to Egypt to buy grain so they would not starve. Unbeknownst to the boys, they were about to come face-to-face with their little brother. Rather than extending bitterness, Joseph extended grace (so much like Jesus!) and welcomed his father and brothers and their entire families into Egypt. Their descendents were born and lived there for the next four hundred years.


A Little Time Travel
Ah, but they didn’t live free. The descendants became slaves to Egyptian rulers. Then, in 1526 BC a boy named Moses was born, supposedly to die, as Pharaoh had every baby boy born of the Israelites thrown into the Nile River.