Saturday, September 30, 2017
Exodus 14:1-4- And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.
Pharaoh was God's example, remember? Pharaoh had defied God 10 times! So God was going to show through Pharaoh what happens to a man when he continually goes against God's will.
Pharaoh had lost everything he owned- his cattle, his food supply, even some of his servants. He lost the thing that he held most dear- his firstborn son, the one who would rule in his place. He had lost the wealth of the country that he reigned over- Egypt was in ruin. But, he was about to pay the ultimate price for hardening his heart and disobeying God!
Exodus 14:5-9- And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him: And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them. And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.
Not only was God going to punish Pharaoh once and for all, He was also going to see how the Hebrew children reacted to a threat.
Exodus 14:10-12- And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
My! How quickly they had forgotten the wonders of God on the land of Egypt. The Almighty God who had proved more powerful than all the false gods of Egypt was certainly able to take care of an army of humans!
But, the Hebrew children were afraid. They had no faith that God would take care of them.
Exodus 14:13-14- And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
Moses tried to calm the people down. Then he turned to God as he always did.
Exodus 14:15-18- And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
God told Moses that He was going to take care of them. Not only was He going to protect them and bring them across this huge body of water, He was also going to make sure the Egyptians and Pharaoh could never come after them again!
Exodus 14:19-21- And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
The angel of the Lord became a 2 sided wall between the army and the children of Israel. It was a cloud of darkness on the side of Pharaoh and his army, but it was a wall of light on the side of the children of Israel.
Then, God made a wind to blow all night long that dried up a path through the midst of the Red Sea.
Exodus 14:22-25- And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.
As the Hebrew children started through the path of the Red Sea road, the Egyptian army started in after them. But God started to mess up their advancement. He made their wheels fall off their chariots, and He made the chariots get stuck in the ground.
The Egyptians realized that the Lord was the one doing this and they were afraid. They tried to run away.
Exodus 14:26-30- And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
The Hebrew children were safe on the other side. As they looked back, they saw that their enemies were dead and could no more try to enslave or kill them.
Exodus 14:31- And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.
The children of Israel learned that they should fear the Lord that day. They learned that they needed to believe Him and do what He said. And they learned that God was going to use Moses to accomplish His promises that He made to their forefathers many years ago.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Not only had God shown his power and ability to the Assyrian Pharaoh, but He also proved that He was more powerful than the gods the Egyptians worshiped.
But there was one more false god that He was going to prove He was more powerful than- Pharaoh was viewed as a “living god”, as was his son. And God was going to show that He was the most powerful!
Exodus 11:1-3- And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether. Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold. And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people.
Moses was very famous in Egypt. Not because he was the long, lost prince who murdered an Egyptian. It was because he was the servant of the Most High God!
Exodus 11:4-8- And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.
Moses told Pharaoh that God was going to kill all the firstborn. He told Pharaoh that it didn't matter if you were a servant or a king, that no one would be beyond God's reach. And Pharaoh told Moses to get out.
Moses left Pharaoh's presence very angry! Was Moses angry because Pharaoh's stubbornness was going to cost countless lives? Was he upset that Pharaoh wouldn't listen to the Lord and blamed Moses for what was going wrong? I don't know.
But, there was something different about this wonder. It was not only to show the Might of God, but it was to make the children of Israel realize that God was to be obeyed by them, as well.
You see, God had instructions for everyone to follow. They could escape the killing of the firstborn only if they obeyed God to the letter! But, they would suffer the same consequences as the Egyptians if they disobeyed God.
Exodus 12:1-14- And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
God told them to take a lamb without blemish, and to keep it in their house for 14 days. This was to let the family get to know the lamb. It was to be a personal sacrifice. The children were going to start to care about this lamb.
When the 14 days were up, they were to kill the lamb, drain it's blood, and put the blood at the top and the sides of their front door. This was a very important step- the blood on the door posts was the only thing that would stand between them and death.
Then, they were to cook it a certain way and eat it a certain way. God never wastes anything!
Exodus 12:15, 17 - Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.
Now, leaven is what makes bread rise. Without leaven, bread would be like a cracker. Leaven is a type of sin. God wanted the children of Israel to realize that He wasn't going to tolerate sin in their homes when they were suppose to be His people!
Matthew 16:11-12- How is it that ye do not understand that I spake [it] not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Luke 12:1- In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Christ says that leaven is false doctrine and hypocrisy. That means believing things that God didn't say and acting like a Christian when you are around other Christians, but acting like the world when you are anywhere else.
God wants His people to act like Christians whether other people are watching or not, because He is always watching!
Exodus 12:21-28- Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD'S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.
Moses called the elders of Israel and told them what had to be done. The elders then went and told all the other Hebrew children.
God never changes. He told the elders and expected them to tell others. He picked out 12 disciples and had them tell others. He calls Christians to go out and tell others.
What does He want us to tell them? That Christ was the spotless passover lamb that shed His blood on Calvary, and when you die, the angel of death will pass over your soul and you will go to heaven to live with God forever!
God always has a reason. He told the children of Israel to use hyssop to put the blood on the door posts. Mary thought Christ was the gardener when she saw Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. Why? Was it because He was gathering hyssop to take His blood and put it where God commanded for our sins? I think so.
Exodus 12:29-31- And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
Oh, the consequences of not obeying God! The Bible speaks truth when it says in Romans 6:23- For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Pharaoh disobeyed God and is cost him the life of his firstborn son.
If we disobey God and don't get saved, it will cost us a life in hell. If we disobey God after we get saved and live like the world it could very well cost us the rest of our lives!
Exodus 12:31-33- And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.
Pharaoh called Moses and told him to "get out!" He didn't want to manipulate the situation any longer. He realized that there was no bargaining with God.
The Egyptians also realized that if the Hebrew children didn't leave soon, it would be the end of them! So they told them to leave, and they helped them get out fast by giving them anything that they needed to go!
Exodus 12:35-37- And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians. And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.
Exodus 13:17-22- And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt. And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you. And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness. And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
The people that left Egypt were slaves. They were going to have to become an army to be able to fulfill God's will for their lives. How does one begin to become a soldier? They go to boot camp! The Israelites were going to have to go through God's boot camp.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
But Pharaoh has hardened his heart so much that now God is going to use him as an example of just how powerful He is!
Exodus 10:1-6- And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD. And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me. Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast: And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field: And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers' fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day. And he turned himself, and went out from Pharaoh.
Boy, Pharaoh sure is a stubborn man! What do you think the Egyptians are thinking?
Exodus 10:7- And Pharaoh's servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?
The Egyptians are begging the Assyrian Pharaoh to make a deal with God. They know that there is not much left of Egypt and that they aren't going to be able to survive if things get much worse.
Exodus 10:8-11- And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh: and he said unto them, Go, serve the LORD your God: but who are they that shall go? And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the LORD. And he said unto them, Let the LORD be so with you, as I will let you go, and your little ones: look to it; for evil is before you. Not so: go now ye that are men, and serve the LORD; for that ye did desire. And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence.
Now, Pharaoh is trying to manipulate the situation. He's learned not to come right out and lie to God. But, he doesn't want to fully obey God either. He's going to try to half obey- or obey only the part that he wants to.
He tells Moses that only the men could go, and that evil will happen if more than that tries to go.
But, the problem is that God wants all. If He tells you to do something, He expects you to do everything He says, not just part of what He says.
Exodus 10:12-15- And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left. And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.
God sent locust to eat up what is left of the food that the hail didn't destroy. Now, there isn't anything left to eat.
Exodus 10:16-19- Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and intreat the LORD your God, that he may take away from me this death only. And he went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the LORD. And the LORD turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt.
Pharaoh realized he had done wrong. Not because he thought he was actually wrong, but because he realized if he didn't say "I'm sorry" that they would all die! But he didn't really mean that he was sorry.
Exodus 10:20- But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.
Because Pharaoh was going to harden his heart, God was going to use him as an example. When God was done, there would be no question as to who was the most powerful God.
Exodus 10:21-23- And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
God made a horrible darkness fall over Egypt. It was so dark that not even a candle could make it better. It was so dark that it could be felt!
We have never had a power outage where you could feel the darkness. I'm sure they were very scared!
Exodus 10:24-27- And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you. And Moses said, Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the LORD our God. Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the LORD our God; and we know not with what we must serve the LORD, until we come thither. But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go.
Pharaoh, again, thought he could manipulate God. He was going to let the Hebrews go without their cattle. If the Hebrews left their cattle, then Pharaoh would at least have something!
But Moses wouldn't hear of it! He knew they needed their cattle to sacrifice and worship the Lord. He also knew they needed the cattle to help carry their possessions out of Egypt. He wasn't going to leave them for Pharaoh, and this made Pharaoh mad!
Exodus 10:28-29- And Pharaoh said unto him, Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die. And Moses said, Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more.
Pharaoh has told Moses that if he came before him again that Moses would be killed. But, God wasn't through with Moses. And He wasn't through with Pharaoh either.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
This only made Pharaoh mad! He hardened his own heart and wouldn't let the Hebrews go.
Exodus 9:8-11- And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt. And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast. And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians.
I think that the magicians were trying to recreate all the wonders of God, but they couldn't. Pharaoh had them coming in before him, but now they couldn't even stand before Pharaoh because they were all covered in sores from the top of their heads to the bottom of their feet. Not only were they covered with sores, but the animals that were left alive in Egypt (possibly dogs, cats, etc.) were also covered in sores.
When we harden our hearts to God's will, He will further harden our hearts and use us as an example instead of as a minister. Moses had become God's minister, and Pharaoh had become God's example!
Exodus 9:12- And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken unto Moses.
The Lord was going to perform another wonder. But, he was going to give the Egyptians who now believed God a chance to save themselves a little bit of trouble!
Exodus 9:13-18- And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go? Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now.
God has given the Egyptians a chance to save the lives of their servants, children, and themselves! He's warned them of what is to come.
Some times God warns us of what will happen, and it's up to us to listen and obey! He can do this through Bible reading, preaching, and other Christians.
He is warning people here through Moses.
Exodus 9:19-26- Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die. He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field. And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt. And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field. Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.
How many lives do you think were saved by the ones who believed God? I don't know. How many lives do you think were lost by the ones who decided not to believe and obey God? I don't know. But it is sad that sometimes there are people who suffer needlessly because they don't want to obey God.
Exodus 9:27-35- And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. Intreat the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer. And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the LORD; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the LORD'S. But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD God. And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled. But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up. And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread abroad his hands unto the LORD: and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth. And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
So, God sent another wonder.
Exodus 8:20-23- And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me. Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are. And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth. And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.
Again, God gave Pharaoh the chance to repent and obey. But, sadly, Pharaoh was like many stubborn people today who won't obey God.
God decided it was time to show Pharaoh that not only could He make wonders, but He could control them. The Hebrews would not suffer from the flies, only Pharaoh and the Egyptians and Assyrians would suffer.
Exodus 8:24- And the LORD did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants' houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies.
All the buzzing! Flies getting into everything and making everything nasty! Pharaoh decided he would try to make a deal with Moses.
Exodus 8:25-31- And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land. And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us? We will go three days' journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us. And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me. And Moses said, Behold, I go out from thee, and I will intreat the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, to morrow: but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD. And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the LORD. And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one.
Not only could God bring in the flies and tell them where they could and could not go, but He could make them all fly away- every single one of them.
Do you think this impressed Pharaoh? Not really!
Exodus 8:32- And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.
Pharaoh lied to Moses, but more importantly he lied to God! You can't get away with lying to God.
Exodus 9:1-7- Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain. And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children's of Israel. And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land. And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go.
The first miracles were to show God's power and might. They were little annoyances to the Egyptians and Pharaoh. But when Pharaoh flat out lied to the Lord, God made the wonders personal.
The Egyptians needed their cattle for food and to work in the fields. The cattle was very important to their livelihood. And because Pharaoh lied to God, God took away something they needed.
It's never a good idea to lie to the Lord. If you promise God something, you should do it! The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 5:5- Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. That means that you should either not promise God something, or do exactly what you promised!
If you lie to God, don't think you're going to get away with it!
Monday, September 25, 2017
Exodus 8:1-4- And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me. And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs: And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.
Do you think Pharaoh cared? Of course not! Who would care about frogs?
Exodus 8:5-6- And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt. And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.
Again, Pharaoh wanted to use Jannes and Jambres to prove that his gods were just as powerful.
Exodus 8:7- And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.
Oh boy! More frogs! But, the magicians couldn't get rid of the frogs. So, Pharaoh called for Moses.
Exodus 8:8-11- Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the LORD, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the LORD. And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only? And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our God. And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only.
Moses was going to show Pharaoh how powerful God really was. Pharaoh got to pick when the frogs would leave. And the day that Pharaoh named was the day that God would use.
I think I would say, "Right now!" But Pharaoh wanted one more night with the frogs. Why? Was it because he thought God couldn't do anything about them? Perhaps it was because Pharaoh was so stubborn that he would rather spend one more night with the consequences of his actions than admit that he was wrong!
Exodus 8:12-15- And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried unto the LORD because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh. And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields. And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank. But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
God made all the frogs die. There were dead frogs everywhere! And dead things tend to stink. This nasty stench made Pharaoh mad! I suppose he thought that the frogs would all hop away. Because they died and stank, Pharaoh decided he wasn't going to let the Hebrews go. He got even more stubborn.
So, God sent another wonder.
Exodus 8:16-17- And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt. And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
God sent lice. Lice are small creatures that get into your hair and crawl around and bite you. They make you itch and feel nasty all over! And lice are very hard to kill.
Pharaoh thought he would have Jannes and Jambres show that they were just as powerful.
Exodus 8:18-19- And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast. Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
Only God can create life. The magicians were not powerful enough to recreate this miracle. Because of this the magicians knew that God was more powerful than the false gods they worshiped. They tried to tell Pharaoh, but Pharaoh was a stubborn man!
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Exodus 7:7-9- And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh. And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.
God was going to start showing His power to Pharaoh!
Exodus 7:10-13- And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods. And he hardened Pharaoh's heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
Pharaoh had some wicked magicians that were powerful because of the false gods.
2 Timothy 3:8- Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
A person who serves false gods can sometimes do some pretty impressive things, but a person who serves God will always be more powerful. And God will always allow these wicked people to pay the consequences for their actions.
Pharaoh didn't care that Aaron's rod ate his magicians rods. The fact that God's wonder was able to overcome their false god's wonder didn't matter to him. Not only was God going to have to break Egypt, He was going to have to break this Assyrian Pharaoh.
Exodus 7:14-18- And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh's heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go. Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river's brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand. And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear. Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.
Pharaoh was so NOT impressed with the wonder that he went on a boat ride. He wasn't even thinking of Moses. But, God was thinking of him.
Exodus 7:19-21- And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone. And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
Do you think this phased Pharaoh? Not yet! He called his magicians to see what they could do.
Exodus 7:22-23- And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said. And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also.
Pharaoh thought that because his magicians could do the same thing that they were just as powerful as God's servant. But, if they were really powerful don't you think they should have turned some blood back into water? They weren't really powerful! I wonder if they tried.
Exodus 7:24-25- And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river. And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river.
For 7 days God showed that He was more powerful. No one had any water to drink! And that was just the beginning.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Exodus 5:1- And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
I'm sure it must have seemed strange to Pharaoh to have these 2 men come before him. He must've known by looking at Moses that he wasn't from around here. But who would go before a king, or a Pharaoh, and talk to him in this manner?
Exodus 5:2- And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.
The audacity of these men demanding that Pharaoh obey the Lord. The Pharaoh worshiped many different gods, and none of them were the Lord. He wasn't going to obey a god that he didn't worship!
Exodus 5:3- And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.
Moses and Aaron tried to get Pharaoh to understand that they wanted to go sacrifice and that it was very important to obey, but Pharaoh was a stubborn man.
Exodus 5:4-9- And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens. And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens. And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying, Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves. And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God. Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.
Pharaoh was going to make the slaves suffer because of this. He decided that Moses was asking because he hadn't given the Hebrew children enough work to do, so he made their job harder.
How do you think the Hebrews felt about this?
Exodus 5:10-13- And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw. Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished. So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw. And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.
Now, as you can imagine, the Hebrews couldn't accomplish what was asked of them. So the taskmasters were very cruel.
Exodus 5:14-21- And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore? Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants? There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people. But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD. Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks. And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task. And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh: And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.
Just like most people, when things got tough the Hebrews started to blame Moses and Aaron. They weren't trusting that God would work things out for their good. Instead, they decided to blame the messenger.
Exodus 5:22-23- And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.
Moses was different from the rest of the Hebrews. Instead of blaming people and arguing with man he went to God. He told his problems and his sorrows to the Lord.
Exodus 6:1-8- Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land. And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers. And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant. Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.
Moses had an answer from God, and he was going to tell the Hebrews what God said.
Exodus 6:9- And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
Not only would the Hebrews not listen to Moses, but neither would the Egyptians. The Egyptians and the Assyrians that ruled worshiped many false gods. They were not impressed by Moses' God. But, God was going to change all that!
Exodus 7:1-6- And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land. And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them. And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they.
Do you think Moses understood all that the Lord was going to do? No, but he was going to obey God no matter what! And God can certainly use a person like that!
Friday, September 22, 2017
God told Moses His plan to save His people from their Assyrian captors. He has asked Moses to be His spokesperson. But Moses was afraid!
Exodus 4:1-9- And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee. And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.
God showed Moses His power. He told Moses that these displays of His power would be signs that would let the Hebrews know that God had sent him.
But Moses was still afraid. Remember, Moses had killed and Egyptian and Pharaoh wanted to kill him for this crime.
Exodus 4:10-12- And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
Moses did what a lot of people do when they're afraid to obey God- he made up excuses! He told God, "I can't talk properly".
Do you think your excuses are good reasons not to obey God? Nope, they're not.
Exodus 4:14-15- And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.
God knew this was an excuse. He told Moses that He would send his brother, Aaron, to be with him and help him accomplish the Lord's plan.
Exodus 4:18-23- And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace. And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life. And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand. And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go. And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
Moses decided that he had better obey God. He told his father-in-law that he needed to go. And, he packed up his family and headed for Egypt.
Moses had been down in Midian for 40 years! He knew what the Hebrew covenant with God was- all the male children had to be circumcised the 8th day after they were born.
Moses obeyed God with his firstborn, but he didn't think he'd be going back to the Hebrews. His wife didn't like the Hebrew custom, so Moses didn't circumcise his second son.
Do you think God accepts it when we only obey what we want to? Is it okay to do what God says only if you or your family agrees with it? Nope!
Exodus 4:24-26- And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.
God was making a point to Moses. If Moses couldn't obey in something simple, if Moses couldn't stand up to his wife and say "This is God's will and that's what we're going to do!", how could Moses stand up to Pharaoh?
Moses' wife knew why the Lord was doing this. She circumcised her son to save her husband's life. But, she had the wrong attitude about it.
Colossians 3:23- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
When you do something that God asks you, you should do it happily. You should obey because you are obeying God. But Moses wife wasn't looking at it like she was obeying God. She was angry with her husband.
Did that mean that Moses didn't have to obey God? No. Just because his wife wasn't doing what God wanted didn't mean that Moses shouldn't do what God wanted.
Exodus 4:27- And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him.
God told Moses that He still wanted Moses to carry out His plan. So, Moses and Aaron went to the elders of Israel.
Exodus 4:28-31- And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him. And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel: And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
It looked like Moses could help out his people because of his position. But God didn't want to use an Egyptian prince. God had to make Moses into someone He could use. Someone that wasn't a worldly Egyptian.
Exodus 3:1-3- Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
Moses had gone from Egyptian prince to a lowly shepherd. And that is just where God needed him to be. He didn't need a prince to rule over His people. He needed a shepherd to guide them.
God decided to talk to Moses in a very special way. He appeared as a fire on a small bush on a mountainside. I don't know if anyone else saw this, but it looks like Moses was the only person God was interested in talking to.
Exodus 3:4-5- And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
The Bible doesn't say that God spoke to anyone during those 400 years of enslavement in Egypt. This may be the first time in 400 years that anyone had heard from God!
Exodus 3:6-8- Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
God told Moses who He was, and what His plans for His people were. I'm sure Moses kept his face hidden almost the entire time!
Exodus 3:9-10- Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
God told Moses that He wanted to use him to help deliver His people. Wow! What would Moses think?
Exodus 3:11-And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
This shows exactly why God chose to use Moses. Moses was humble. I don't know if Moses had been humble as an Egyptian prince, but he learned to be humble as a shepherd. And God can use a humble shepherd!
Exodus 3:12-15- And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
Ever since Adam people always called God by The Lord God. But God told Moses that He had a special name for His people to call Him- I AM. Just like other people call your parents "MR" or "MRS" or maybe even by their first name, you get to call them something special, "daddy" or "mommy". The Hebrews got a name that was special, personal to call God.
God told Moses to go meet with the elders of the Hebrews and let them know God's plan.
Exodus 3:18-20- And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God. And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.
God had a very special plan for Egypt. He was going to show His wonders! The mighty power of God had not been shown upon the earth since the creation and the flood. It had been a long time since either event happened, and many people worshipped false gods. It was time for the world to see what the real God could do!
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Hebrews 11:24-25- By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Moses knew that the Assyrians were wicked people. He saw how the Egyptians also became wicked people. He decided that he didn't want all the treasures of Egypt if it meant being a wicked person! He would rather be a righteous slave than a wicked nobleman!
Exodus 2:11-12- And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
Moses saw one of his people being beaten by an Egyptian taskmaster. He wanted to help this Hebrew. And he saw that there was no one around, so he killed the Egyptian and buried his body where he thought no one could find him.
Exodus 2:13-14- And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.
Uh oh! Moses knew that more people knew what he had done. Eventually, Pharaoh would find out about it. What would Pharaoh do?
Exodus 2:15- Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
Pharaoh wanted to kill Moses for his crime. Moses ran far away. He left Egypt and went south down near Ethiopia.
Exodus 2:16-20- Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock. And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock. And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day? And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock. And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.
Moses was far from home, but he still didn't like when people were mistreated. He stood up for these ladies even when he didn't know them. This made an impression on their father, and he invited Moses home for dinner.
Exodus 2:21-22- And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.
Moses found that he could be content to live in a strange land. He had to learn new customs. He had to learn a new occupation. He was no longer an Egyptian prince.
He married one of the man's daughters and started a family. But what was happening with his people, the Hebrew children?
Exodus 2:23-25- And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.
God hadn't forgotten about His people. Even though they were going through hard times, and even though it seemed like God wasn't there, He was watching. He hadn't forgotten about Moses, either.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Exodus 1:6-7- And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation. And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.
The Hebrew children became a very large family.
And Pharaoh was a very wealthy, powerful man. But, when someone becomes powerful there is always someone else who wants to take that power from him.
Exodus 1:8- Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
How could a new king not know Joseph? Joseph made Pharaoh the mighty man he was! Joseph saved the known world from a 7 year famine! How could this king not know Joseph?
Because he wasn't an Egyptian king.
Isaiah 52:4- For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
This new king was from a far away country called Assyria. It was farther North East than even Canaan!
Exodus 1:9-11- And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
The Assyrians saw that the Hebrews outnumbered them. They were afraid that if someone came to attack them that the Hebrews would help their enemies fight against them.
The Assyrians forced the Hebrew children to become slaves. The put taskmasters over them- those are people who make them do the work. These task masters would beat them if they didn't do what the Assyrians asked of them.
Exodus 1:12-14- But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
Even though the Assyrians made them work long, hard days. The Hebrews kept having children. The more children they had, the larger their numbers; the larger their numbers, the more the Assyrians feared what they could do.
So, the Assyrians came up with a very wicked plan.
Exodus 1:15-16- And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.
Midwives are doctors that only deliver babies. These poor midwives were told to kill all the Hebrew baby boys.
This new king was a very terrible man! What do you think the midwives did?
Exodus 1:17-21- But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive. And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive? And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty. And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.
These midwives feared God. They knew about Joseph. They knew the God of Joseph. They told the Assyrian king that the Hebrew women didn't need the midwives because they could deliver their own babies.
Because they obeyed God rather than a wicked king, God protected the Egyptian midwives.
But, this didn't stop the Assyrian king!
Exodus 1:22- And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.
The Assyrian called his army to go throughout the Hebrew cities and to take the baby boys and throw them into the Nile River. What a terrible, wicked man!
When wicked men rule, God always sends His Words to those in need. He sent them through prophets in the Old Testament. He sent them through Apostles and Evangelists in the New Testament. And He gave us His Word- the King James Bible- for us to give His Words to those in need today!
Exodus 2:1-2- And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
There was a certain man who got married and they had a baby boy. Now, a newborn doesn't really do much besides eat and sleep. But as a baby grows, they start to talk, and move, and get rather noisy!
Exodus 2:3-4- And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink. And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
This mama took her precious baby and put him into a little basket boat and put him in the Nile River. She had his older sister watch over him while she went back to do her slave work.
Exodus 2:5-6- And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.
While the sister watched, the Assyrian princess came down to the river for her bath. Oh, how frightening! Her father had ordered all the Hebrew baby boys to be killed!
But this princess took one look at this cute little baby and decided to take care of him.
Exodus 2:7-9- Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother. And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
The princess was not a mother. There were no bottles, or even baby formula back then. The baby's sister knew that the princess would need someone to take care of the baby for her until he was old enough to eat table food.
The princess hired the baby's own mother to take care of him! She would pay the mother to care for the baby, and the soldiers wouldn't harm him.
When he was old enough, the mother brought the boy to the princess to raise as her own son.
Exodus 2:10- And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
The princess named him Moses.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Pharaoh asked Jacob how old he was. Jacob's answer is that of a man who cheated and lied his way through life. He said, "I'm 130 years old. And my life seems short and full of evil." What a sad way to see your life. But any life that is lived just to get what you want, to fulfill your won desires, and ignores the will of God for your life will seem just like that!
Genesis 46:27-28- And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly. And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.
Jacob lived for 17 more years after he moved to Egypt. He not only got to see Joseph and his two sons, but he got to see his grandsons grow up!
Genesis 46:29-31- And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt: But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their buryingplace. And he said, I will do as thou hast said. And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed's head.
Jacob wanted to be buried in his family's tomb. He made Joseph swear that they would carry his body back to Canaan and bury him there.
Genesis 49:1-2- And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
Jacob knew he was going to die soon. So, he called all of his sons together. He told them that he knew what would be their future. He called on some of them to pay the consequences for their sins. He told some of them that they would be blessed. Then he commanded them to bury him in Canaan.
Genesis 49:29-33- And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace. There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah. The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth. And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.
Jacob knew what God's will for is life was. It had always been Leah. He thought that Laban was being sneaky, but God always wanted him to marry Leah. Now, Jacob knew that he should be buried with God's will.
Leah had been buried in the family buryingplace, and Jacob wanted buried beside her.
Genesis 50:1-3- And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him. And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel. And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.
Joseph had the Egyptians bury his father in their custom- like a mummy. They wrapped him up and embalmed him with spices.
Jacob must have had a good testimony with the Egyptians, because even they mourned for him for 70 days.
Genesis 50:4-14- And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again. And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear. And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen. And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company. And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days. And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim, which is beyond Jordan. And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them: For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre. And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.
Many Egyptians went with the Hebrews to bury Jacob. It was such a ceremony that the Canaanites were amazed.
But, now that Jacob was dead, Joseph's brothers feared that he would be mean to them. They thought that maybe Joseph would kill them because they had sold him into slavery.
Genesis 50:15-18- And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.
They thought if they offered themselves as servants, that Joseph wouldn't kill them. What they didn't understand was that Joseph was trusting God. Joseph knew why God had him in Egypt, and he had forgiven his brothers a long time ago.
Genesis 50:19-21- And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
Joseph lived a life that pleased God, and God richly blessed Joseph.
Genesis 50:22-26- And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years. And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
Joseph lived to be 110 years old. He got to see his great grandchildren.
He knew God and what God's promise to Jacob was. He made the Hebrews promise to take him back to Canaan and bury him with his father, Jacob.
The Egyptians embalmed him- like a mummy. And then put him in a coffin, instead of a tomb, so that when the Hebrews returned to Canaan, they could carry his body back and bury it there.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Genesis 47:1-6- Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen. And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers. They said moreover unto Pharaoh, For to sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants dwell in the land of Goshen. And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee: The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.
Not only did Pharaoh give the Hebrews the land of Goshen, like Joseph wanted, but he also offered them jobs. He said that they could be rulers over his cattle. That's a pretty nice job offer!
Joseph took his family to Goshen.
Genesis 46:11-12- And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families.
Joseph took care of his family, just like he promised. But he was a very wise man. He knew that just giving food to people would make them dependant. He knew they needed to pay for their needs. And he also saw the opportunity to make Pharaoh a very mighty man.
Genesis 46:13-14- And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine. And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.
It was three years into the famine, and the Egyptians had bought their food with money. Joseph gathered all the money and brought it into Pharaoh's house.
Genesis 46:15-17- And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth. And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail. And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.
When the Egyptians ran out of money, Joseph suggested that they sell their cattle to Pharaoh.
Genesis 46:18-22- When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands: Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate. And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh's. And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof. Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.
Once their cattle was gone, Joseph bought their land. He made cities for the people to live in, and turned the land into farming.
Genesis 46:23-26-Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land. And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones. And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants. And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.
The last thing that the people had to sell for food was themselves. They sold themselves into slavery.
Because of Joseph, Pharaoh became the sole owner of Egypt. He owned everything but the false priests land and Goshen.
Exodus 1:7- And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.
The Hebrews were doing very well. They were growing fast. They had children grandchildren, so that they became a good number in the land of Egypt.
Egypt became a very powerful nation, and everything in it belonged to Pharaoh. But, the problem with a powerful nation is that someone is going to want to take it over for themselves.