“Exposing the Exodus”
God’s People & the World-Power (Chapter 1 Verse 1)
The exodus events are also about the fulfilling of prophecy. The slave labour here v11. The murdering midwives v12. The drowning of Israel’s sons v22. These threefold persecutions designed to destroy Israel (which is always the intent of the world-power), is also a realisation of revelation (Genesis 15:13). It is the revelation of God’s ways of dealing with his own elect. He often takes them through the deep, through the crucible, the floods roll over them, almost though not quite, overwhelming them (Isaiah 43:2). His ways may be enigmatic to us, but he is not afraid to put his work into the furnace. This is true of his people individually and corporately. But it is always with a wise purpose in view. One reason, I perceive why we are facing mounting persecution in the West today is because we, God’s people, for decades now, have become way too comfortable with the world. And far too much like it. If we won’t separate ourselves from it, maintain the antithesis, he will do it for us. We belong to him.
Israel here now constitute a nation. They are the posterity of Jacob. In the original Hebrew the first word is and v1. Other Old Testament books begin with this word too, it speaks of continuation. It also signifies cohesion, as one book follows another, it forms one entity, the Old Testament scriptures. The sons of Israel v1, literally Jacob’s sons, following this they are referred to as the Israelites. But here they are referred to as the direct, immediate children of Jacob. They arrived in Egypt (Genesis 46:18), with a hearty welcome (Genesis 47:6), though separated from the Egyptians (Genesis 46:34). But the welcome didn’t last long. They were God’s people, that’s the ultimate reason. It’s no different today, people like the goodness, the blessings God’s people bring with them. But when they realise that they actually do believe, trust in God, and it is actually the God of the Bible. That’s too much.