Exodus 1

Exodus 1 starts a changing of the land of Pharaoh.  Joseph and all his brothers have now died and the next generation is now doing what God had said would happen – having babies.  The children of Israel kept on reproducing” and were very “prolific” in their growth, a “population explosion” right there in Pharaoh’s land.  Things changed on the other side of the ledger as well as there was a “new king came to power in Egypt who didn’t know Joseph”.  Not sure where this new king came from and how he possibly could not have known about Joseph, but that is how it happened.  It does show just how short the impact of life can be.  Here we have seen how Joseph saved the entire Egyptian empire from starvation and decimation and after he dies, the next leader doesn’t even know who he was.  Things change in life very quickly, and if our life is going to have an ongoing impact, we have to be very intentional about that.  Joseph and his family leave a legacy of people behind as they continue to increase in numbers, but how quickly his leadership and wisdom are lost.

 

The new Pharaoh is worried that there are far too many Israelites in his land.  He wants to control them so they don’t somehow undermine his authority.  They organized them into work-gangs and put them to hard labor”.  Quite a change from Joseph’s treatment where they were given part of the land as their own to live peacefully a few years earlier.  They are put to work “making bricks and mortar….under a cruel workload”.  Life is getting tough.  In addition Pharaoh told the midwives to kill all the baby boys that were being born.  One might think that with this slavery the baby population might be slowed, but it was exactly the opposite.  The harder the Egyptians worked them the more children the Israelites had”.  The midwives ignored Pharaoh’s order because of fear of God and the group just multiplies.  They are put into harder labor and Pharaoh becomes more insistent on killing all the boy babies that are born, ordering they be “drown in the Nile”.  What a change a few years and a leadership change can make.  The one constant…..God is still in control.  He is still there with His people and absolutely knows every detail of the events happening.  We need to realize that life is full of change.  It will continue to move on us.  God is our only source of stability.  He alone is the only thing that does not move.  Every other thing we try to cling to will change.  It is critical to build a relationship with the Father so when the tides of life shift, we still have a solid rock to stand on.  That is how we can endure the movement of life.  Are you connected to the Rock?  Have you given Jesus your life so you are anchored?

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