Daily Archives: January 20, 2018

Daily Bible Study

Genesis 50:19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
20 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.

Of course the brothers were afraid their payday had come and as Laban told Jacob when he fled from him in the night, it was in the power of Joseph’s hand to do them hurt. But Joseph has always been guided by the Spirit of God and that continues even after he becomes the second in command of Egypt. He is not going to play God, he is going to remain His servant because he knows God has got a bigger plan than human minds can conceive. Only God can give a man the grace to respond that way! The average man would have vengeance and payback heavy on their mind.

Time passes on and they live large in Egypt but an aging Joseph prepares to die. Dying is a part of this life. I don’t know why the child of God is so afraid of dying. God has said, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15 ) Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24) There is absolutely nothing to fear in death, it has been conquered by the Lord Jesus Christ and for the Christian it’s sting has been removed. Joseph wasn’t afraid of dying, he just didn’t want his bones left in Egypt. So Genesis ends with the words “he was put in a coffin in Egypt.” (Genesis 50:26)

Exodus 1:8  Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
As more time went by the children of Israel become a mighty nation within a nation and this became a concern for the new leadership generations later who knew nothing of Joseph. Why can’t things just remain the same, why does there have to be change? One of the many great things about God is He is immutable ( that means He doesn’t change). Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” It seems the older we get the more we dislike change. Maybe its because we just can’t keep up with it, or maybe it always seems to bring bad things. In Israel’s case it brought bondage and slavery. So for the next three hundred plus years (400 all total) the Hebrew people build Egypt as slave labor. Then it gets worse! The Egyptians decide to stop the population growth of their Hebrew slaves and order forced abortion. The only difference between what they did and what is beingb done in America today is they admitted that it was KILLING! “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…”  (Exodus 1:15-16) It was wicked then and it is just as wicked today! There was one Hebrew woman who refused to do what was wicked before God and saved her baby boy alive. To keep from seeing him KILLED she placed him in the hands of God by putting him in a basket  and sending him down the river to be found by none other than the King’s daughter. The Kings daughter takes the baby and raises him as her own. Thus Moses grows up a Hebrew prince in Egypt.

Curiosity is a strong human attribute. Adopted children usually want to know who their biological parents are. Of course this is usually distressing to the adoptive parents but its natural. So Moses somehow finds out that he is actually of the slave people and not those of whom he is prince. Another problem that we have to deal with is impatience. Some are worse than others but I think we all suffer from it and Moses is no exception. He realizes he has the capability of helping his people and he jumps the gun. The Bible puts it this way, “For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.” (Acts 7:25)  His impetuousness lands him on the backside of the desert being banished from Egypt. Forty years pass before God is ready to give Moses another chance.

Exodus 3:10  Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.                                                                                                                                                            It took some convincing but before long Moses was on his way back to Egypt to free his people with the power of God but he runs into a stubborn and hateful Pharaoh.  “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. ” (Exodus 5:2 ) Pharaoh is not the only obstacle either. “And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage. ” (Exodus 6:9 ) Isn’t it amazing that people can become so comfortable in bondage? They get use to being oppressed but our God is a deliverer! 
Have you been delivered from the bondage of sin? Lets face it, we know we are sinners, we can’t help it, its our nature. But God sent His son to deliver us and those that trust Him for that deliverance will be free! My friend if you have not trusted in Christ for your deliverance, do so now! If we can help you understand it better feel free to call, we would jump at the opportunity of helping you. Until tomorrow, God bless…

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