As you welcome the New Year and adapt to changes in recovering from celebrations around the world during this time, be blessed, refreshed and inspired to seek God’s face and study God’s word more. In the Bible in the Book of Exodus 1:1–6:1, is part of the living history of Exodus. Many films have been made by Christians accurately to Honour God’s Mighty deliverance of Hebrew Israelites. Some Hollywood films mock God through their versions for entertainment so distort the History of the Exodus. However, Exodus is God’s Mighty Intervention to Rescue His People from adversity. Pharaoh turned to Egyptians, commanding them to throw all male newborn Hebrews into Nile River in Exodus 1:22. When they continued to multiply, he ordered Hebrew midwives to kill all newborn males. Shifrah and Puah did not. God Supernaturally Protected and blessed their families and multiplying the Israelites even more in Exodus 1:16–21 The midwives feared God so God made houses for them.א. וַיְהִי כִּי יָרְאוּ הַמְיַלְּדֹת אֶת הָאֱלֹהִים וַיַּעַשׂ לָהֶם ב: Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “Every son who is born you shall cast into the Nile, and every daughter you shall allow to live.” כב. וַיְצַו פַּרְעֹה לְכָל עַמּוֹ לֵאמֹר כָּל הַבֵּן הַיִּלּוֹד הַיְאֹרָה תַּשְׁלִיכֻהוּ וְכָל הַבַּת תְּחַיּוּן:.
So then the Levite parents of Moses had great faith in God did not comply with Pharaoh’s order. They hid their infant son for the first few months of his life. But babies grow so eventually they could no longer be hidden, so they put him in a basket and set him afloat on the Nile among the reeds. Even in desperate circumstance, God’s Protective Hand was on Moses as child of destiny. Pharaoh’s daughter spotted the basket and saw the Hebrew baby inside, but she had pity on him and took him as her own. Instead of drowning in the Nile or dying at the hands of the Egyptians as newborn boys did, Moses was raised in Pharaoh’s palace as a prince of Egypt. Moses survived miraculous salvation out of the Nile River in Egypt, hidden in the basket coated with tar to prevent killing of the Hebrew baby boy infants by Pharaoh. God supernaturally saved Moses through Pharaoh’s daughter princess royal.
In this miracle process his sister Miriam watched from afar on the river so allowed to call his mother to be his nurse and nanny. God has a great sense of humour so what an irony the very place of danger and death for the Hebrew babies in the days of Moses became a place of refuge for Moses and Yeshua as a baby! Pharaoh’s daughter drew baby from the Nile and called him Moshe (מֹשֶׁה) from the word moshech, meaning pull or draw. Moses grew up in the royal Egyptian palace yet burdened by fellow Israelites. Moses grew up in privilege and luxury but watched the persecution of the Hebrews in bondage to Egyptians. God prepares to deliver Hebrews through Moses’ miracle training encountered from Pharaoh. GOD saw suffering of Hebrews in bondage in Egypt so heard their cries and groanings to God.“Then when Herod saw the magi did not come back to him, he was enraged so sent and slew all the male children in Bethlehem and all its vicinity from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi in Matthew 2:16. Moses was saved by his mother like Yeshua saved by the obedience and faith of his earthly father, Joseph, warned in a dream to flee to Egypt. “Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.’ So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt in Matthew 2:13–14.
The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all came to Joseph already in Egypt in Exodus 1:5. Although only 70 descendants of Jacob later God renamed Israel came into the land of Egypt at Joseph’s invitation, they soon multiplied into such a great and mighty people that the new Pharaoh, who did not know Joseph, felt threatened by them. God has a great sense of humour so what an irony the very place of danger and death for the Hebrew babies in the days of Moses became a place of refuge for Moses and Yeshua as a baby! Because Pharaoh’s daughter drew the baby from the Nile, she called him Moshe (מֹשֶׁה) from the word moshech, meaning pull or draw from water. Moses grew up in the royal Egyptian palace, but it seems the burdens of his fellow Israelites troubled him. One day, he saw an Egyptian slave master beating a Hebrew.
One day, he saw an Egyptian slave master beating a Hebrew. He feared the Hebrew Israelites might join Egypt’s enemies in battles against them. The Israelites were exceedingly fruitful so multiplied greatly, increased in numbers so numerous the land was filled with them in Exodus 1:7. So Egyptians forced them into bitter labour, building store cities and pyramids for Pharaoh and working the fields. Moses, Like Yeshua, this dramatic account of the infant Moses parallels the life of infant Yeshua Jesus, also sentenced to death by the order of King Herod, who decreed all Jewish male infants in Bethlehem be killed. God ordained punishment for stiffneck rebellion but did not allow abuse. Pharaoh tried to counter to obstruct growing strength of Israelites. Egyptians forced them into bitter labour, building store cities, pyramids for Pharaoh and working fields. Moses, Like Yeshua, this dramatic account of the infant Moses parallels the life of infant Yeshua Jesus, sentenced to death by the order of King Herod, who decreed all Jewish male infants in Bethlehem be killed. Even as a young man, Moses felt the calling to deliver his people, but stepped ahead of God’s timing. Pharaoh took undue advantage of the Hebrews so started overworking them to try to kill them. Pharaoh was angry Hebrews thrive, flourish so multiplied in Goshen too much ordered midwives and soldiers to kill them. God ordained punishment for stiffneck rebellion but did not allow abuse. Pharaoh tried to counter to obstruct growing strength of Israelites. In the process of defending Israelite slave Moses killed Egyptian so fled to Midian to escape Pharaoh’s death decree over him in Exodus 2:15. Midian, Moses expressed his calling as a deliverer by saving the daughters of the Priest of Midian who had come to the well where he sat. They wanted to draw water for their flock, but shepherds tried to drive them away. Moses intervened and watered their flocks for them. Moses defended daughters of Jethro, Priest of Midian so welcomed Moses to live with him and gave Moses his daughter Zipporah as wife. So the Egyptian Prince Moses becomes shepherd. Moses spent next 40 years shepherding sheep in the land of Midian, a period of time God used to prepare him to shepherd His people Israel out of Egypt. The children of Israel cried out to God so time came for God to save.
God heard groaning and remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob in Exodus 2:24. As a young man Moses felt called to deliver his people, but stepped ahead of God’s timing. The Consuming God of Fire Appeared to Moses from out of flame of a bush burning but not consumed. From the midst of this burning bush at foot of Mount Sinai, God told Moses He Heard the cries of His People and was sending Moses to go back to Pharaoh in His Name and His power on His behalf. To redeem God’s people out of bondage of slavery and oppression for 400 years.The prince of Egypt was humbled by lengthy wilderness experience so he seemed to lack confidence when it came to his role as a leader of a nation. Moses asked for the name of the One sending him. God answered with His name, Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh—אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה. Widely translated as I am that I am, the Hebrew grammatical form is actually in the future tense. God’s name is translated, I will be what I will be. “The Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.”Moses puts his hand into his cloak and took it out so it was leprous like snow. God cured and healed Moses to prove His Power and Presence as the Only One True Living God Almighty.The message to Moses from God is look to up to God the same yesterday, today, forever to handle details of the future. God is Whoever He chooses to be, God the father, friend, comforter, counselor or disciplinarian. We trust God’s infinite Wisdom in our lives in moments in time. Despite assurance Moses feels unqualified for task as he is slow in speech. He begs God to send someone else so God allowed Aaron Moses’ brother to accompany him as the spokesperson. When they reached Pharaoh they delivered the message, “Thus says the Lord, Israel is My firstborn son, I say to you let my son go to serve Me in in Exodus 4:22–23.
This story of Moses’ progression as a leader, teaches leaders Moses was not ready for leadership overnight. God trains leaders using wilderness experience to direct the route to their Canaan into the fullness of destiny. If incapable of accomplishing things, God sends Divine Helpers like Aaron for help and to support. God turns Moses’ staff stick to snake demonstrating God’s power copied by magicians but God’s Superior Power swallowe’d up those of magicians to defeat them. Yet Pharaoh was more stubborn than ever not to let go.Confidence through trials and tribulations of life and whatever experience means God Remains True in His Presence to help fulfill the destiny assigned.
The suffering of the Hebrew Israelites show despite tyranny of Egyptians, the People of Israel still grew mighty in number. Oppressive circumstances cannot prevent God from carrying out His purposes and fulfilling His promises. Despite suffering, bondage or pain, what seems a very long time, Christian believers rest assured God hears cries. God Remembers Covenant through Messiah Jesus Yeshua to provide a way out of spiritual bondage into inheritance of God. Through plagues and judgments called makot in Hebrew which can, God proved His position as the One True God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and that the gods of the Egyptians were nothing.Through judgment whatever a nation or individual does to Israel for good or for evil, God will return it to them: “For the day of the LORD upon all the nations is near; as you have done, it shall be done to you; your reprisal shall return upon your own head in Obadiah 1:15 and Genesis 12:3. The whole nation of Egypt was in turmoil, rather than a mighty quick deliverance the situation got worse. Pharaoh made the Israelites’ labour even more difficult by demanding that they find their own straw, while maintaining the same quota in Exodus 5:18. The people turned on Moses and Aaron in bitterness. Moses responded by turning to God why He did not deliver His people as promised. “Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You sent me?
Since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all in Exodus 5:22–23. God is in full control so Knows Better. God responded to Moses, ‘you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. With a strong hand he will let go and with a strong hand he will drive out of his land in Exodus 6:1. Before departure, God told the Hebrews to borrow gold, treasures and clothing so the Hebrews left rich with wealth. But soon Pharaoh changed his mind and chased them to return into slavery. For without Hebrews the nation’s mega structure building project collapsed. There was no more free labour to serve the rich living in luxury and wealthy abundance at the expense of the blood, sweat and toil of Hebrews. Nobody tended the cucumber, watermelon, leeks, garlic, onions, fruit and vegetable gardens anymore. But it was too late as Hebrews crossed over through the parting red sea. Pharaoh tried to cross but drowned in the sea. God Did Great and Mighty things when situation seemed worse. God is True to His Promises so believers keep crying out for God’s deliverance. Continue waiting in faith and hopeful expectation for God to move on our behalf in all spiritual and earthly afflictions. God is not deaf, nor aloof to suffering. His Arm is not too short to save, “The righteous cry out and God Hears and Delivers them from all their troubles in Psalm 34:17. So Moses told Pharaoh to Let God’s People Go but nothing changed immediately. Pharaoh refused to let Hebrews go so Moses persevered with God’s Greater Plans to Glorify God’s Name. A passover sacrifice of lamb, with unfermented bread was eaten hurriedly with blood marking front door posts for God’s protection from angel of death passing over Hebrews. Firstborn of Egyptians died but no Hebrews died. So Pharaoh got the message and finally let go after 10 plagues.
Pharaoh represents those who oppress and satan, the spiritual enemy of souls, to try to resist freedom with all his might. In such circumstances, do not give up faith, for in due time we will see God’s mighty hand, outstretched arm to deliver in His perfect way and time. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer says Romans 12:12. In these last days as once again beset with those who desire to destroy others pray for salvation and redemption of all people. You make a difference by helping bring the Good News of Jesus Yeshua to all. “In this way all will be saved, as written,’The deliverer will come from Zion to turn godlessness from Jacob in Romans 11:26.
In Isaiah 27:6-28 The days will come when Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots and fill the whole world with fruit. Israel will be saved by the LORD with an everlasting salvation so will never be put to shame or disgraced, to ages everlasting says Isaiah 45:17. “The people of Israel and Judah who lived in the towns of Judah bring tithes of herds, flocks and tithe of the holy things dedicated to the LORD their God and they piled them in heaps in 2 Chronicles 31:6. The Hebrew turned to look on in amazement with gratitude to God, as they saw the wicked with their own eyes destroyed right before them. All the years of toil, slavery bondage suffering, torment, misery, humiliation erased as they saw the wicked ones who oppressed them consumed by God’s red sea forever and ever. So a mighty song composed in Psalm 136:10-12 recalls God’s wonderful victory over all God’s enemies of God’s children.
“To Him who struck down the firstborn in Egypt
His love endures forever
and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever;
With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm
His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:10–12)