“Exposing the Exodus”
Faith in Egypt’s Brickyard (Chapter 1 Verses 1-5)
The roll-call of names here are like the list of the twelve apostles. It’s from these, with all their sinful failures, that God’s nation will be formed and will carry the gospel forward to the generations. Is this not encouraging? God takes these twelve ordinary men, who we see in Genesis, shot through with sin, manipulating, and scheming. How could they be any other? They were Jacob’s sons! Who says there is no such thing original sin? How could God build anything from such as these? But he can and does, he buildz his nation from them. He did it again with the twelve apostles, not a university degree among them. No attendance at a Bible College. But he takes and uses and builds his church. It’s no different today, God takes and uses very ordinary folk. “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1Corinthians 1:26-29). Aren’t we glad, for he made an awful lot of them. The question is will we trust him? Are we open and up for what God wants for our lives, whatever it may be?
(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)