You know, I often wonder at God’s plan. God, the creator of the universe, has a precise and mapped out plan for man. Specifically, He has a plan for the salvation of man. In these passages of Genesis 43 through Exodus 12, we see this plan in action with the birth of God’s chosen nation. He doesn’t choose them because they are mighty or because they have provided anything to the world. When He chose the nation of Israel, it didn’t exist. It all started with one man, Abraham. Through two more sons, Isaac and Jacob (Israel), God forms His holy nation. But what a way to start.
We pick up here with Joseph, one of the twelve sons of Israel. He has, by the hand of God, become ruler of all Egypt. Only Pharaoh is higher than Joseph in all the kingdom. Joseph brings his family to Egypt to live and to survive the great famine that God has sent on the land. Even this is providence. God pushes the family to Egypt through a famine. God even promised to Abraham that this would happen. Not only that, God promised that Israel would be in slavery to Egypt.
Genesis 15:13 (NKJV) — Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years.
Israel enters into Egypt as 70 free men with their families. After exactly 430 years to the very day, much of which as slaves, they exit Egypt as about 600,000 free men with their families: a multitude into the millions. No man could have thought that God would do this. But Abraham was told and he believed God.
That is it. That is all God asks of us in a relationship with Him, that we believe. Abraham believed and God counted him a righteous man because of it. Faith is not believing that God will give you whatever you ask for. Faith is not invoking the name of Jesus when you want something. Faith is believing God. Faith is believing God’s promises. Even when we don’t believe, like the nation of Israel in Egypt, God still keeps His promises.
Do you believe God’s promises?
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Exodus 13-15
- Day 2 – Exodus 16-18
- Day 3 – Exodus 19-21
- Day 4 – Exodus 22-24
- Day 5 – Exodus 25-27
- Day 6 – Exodus 28-29
- Day 7 – Exodus 30-32
In His Service, Scott