To begin our time leading up to the celebration of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, let’s read Exodus chapters 1-15. We find that the Book begins with the list of names of people who came with Jacob down to Egypt. We then find that Joseph died and all of his brethren and all that generation. The children of Israel were fruitful and multiplied and became mighty. A new king rose up who did not know Joseph. He was insecure about the might and number of the Israelites and so he enslaved them.
I appreciate chapter 1 verse 12, which states that the more the children of Israel were afflicted by the Egyptians, the more they multiplied and grew. G-d blessed them during their affliction. We can all glean wisdom from this verse. I’m sure many of you have heard how the church, the body of believers, has grown and strengthened in China, even though the are severely persecuted. This takes place in other countries as well.
A few verses down, we see that the Pharoah was fearful of the continued strengthening of the Children of Israel. Another very important verse is chapter 1 verse 17: But the midwives feared G-d, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
We all can think of times when we are in the midst of trials and persecution. We can take comfort in knowing that G-d knows our situation and He is at work. In Exodus 2:24 it says that G-d heard their groaning, and G-d remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. Today, let’s contemplate the fact that G-d is with us always and, as believers, we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us.
Don’t forget to check out the teachings by Baruch on the Book of Exodus. You can find them on the LoveIsrael.org YouTube channel and on our My Bible Study app. He taught through Exodus during our Midnight from Jerusalem Live Stream.