July 26 – Exodus 1:1-14
July 26 – Exodus 1:1-14
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Heavenly Father, You are so amazing in who You are and how You have cared for me. I often wonder why I was fortunate enough to live in a place where I have so many opportunities and in a family that provided well for me and told me about You. I know I deserve nothing, yet You give me everything. Thank You for loving me so much. I know You love everyone, and want everyone to praise You, but I also know You made it much easier on me. I could never deserve the opportunities You have given me.
In Jesus’ name.
We see in these verses that things changed for the children of Israel and over time became almost unbearable. This period of time was 430 years, which might seem like a long time, but for the changes that occurred, I’m sure they felt their lives had been turned upside down. They were saved from death during the famine, but now they were facing slavery, forced labor, harsh circumstances and as we will soon see, loss of life.
We are so fortunate in the US, that most of us won’t face these things, but there are many people in the world that face some of these same things today. Thank God for how He takes care of you today. Pray for those who are living in unbearable situations. Praise God for something specific He has done for you that you know you don’t deserve.
These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5 All the descendants of Jacob were seventy persons; Joseph was already in Egypt. 6 Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. 7 But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.
8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9 And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. 10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel. 13 So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves 14 and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.