Past goodwill doesn’t always ensure present peace.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Lord, as the Israelites groan and pray for deliverance, I pray for Your Rescue and Salvation too.
Read - Exodus 1-2
The new Pharaoh didn’t know nor remember Joseph and his work that saved Egypt (and Israel). All he could see was a growing tribe of people that were powerful and could ultimately overthrow his government. He imposed harsh slavery upon them so that, in their busyness, they wouldn’t have time to consider any possible plots or plans. How is this a picture of sin and man’s slavery to it?
Next, the Pharaoh develops a plan for genocide as he plots to have all the baby Israelite boys killed. This murderous act is not unlike many other plans to eliminate jewish people and would be a primary motivator in the Israelite prayers to their God. Desperation can make for a deep prayer life but let’s not wait until we are desperate.
God brings about a young man who is destined to be a part of His deliverance of Israel - Moses. He incubates him in Pharaoh’s court (through supernatural means). However, Moses’ first attempts at being a rescuer of Israel where all in his own power and had bad consequences. When you and I work in our own power, rather than God’s, do we find the same type of bad consequences?
Lord, help me to resist slavery to sin.
Israel’s time in Egypt is used several times to show the nature and cost of sin. Read more: http://evidenceforchristianity.org/what-passages-in-the-new-testament-use-egypt-as-a-symbol-of-sin-and-slavery-to-sin/
God had used Joseph to lead Israel into Egypt and now begins to use Moses to slowly lead them out of Egypt. Both of these are God’s Plan. How do we know God’s Plan and how do we know when it changes? To know the plans of God, we must Know God. Israel prayed and the last verse of Chapter 2 says that God ‘knew it was time to act’. Does our prayer life inspire our Knowledge of God and does it inspire the action of God?