Nation of God

English: View from Cairo Tower

English: View from Cairo Tower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Genesis 15:12-15 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shall go to thy fathers in peace; thou shall be buried in a good old age.

Abraham died in a good old age according to the story of the bible, and many years after the death of Abraham his seed would indeed end up in Egypt where they would become slaves serving the Egyptians for four hundred years. Life was hard for the Hebrews in Egypt; they served not only with their backs, but with death in their midst and painful sorrows as they watch their young thrown in the River Nile.

What was God doing to his people? He called Abraham out of Ur, a city of Shinar, and promising to bless Abraham and his seed after him he led Abraham in the land of the Canaanites. The land of these nations were promised to Abraham, a border which stretches from the border of Babylon today Iraq, to the borders of Egypt. But from what we have seen in Egypt, and the way in which they were treated, to us this would not seem to be a blessing. I can’t imagine if I was to be in that position, how would I have felt about God’s promise suffering under those harsh circumstances.

But there was an unforeseen plan according to the providence of God, an unfolding plan in the midst of their suffering, which has brought me to a place of understanding when I am in my element of testing. Through the eyes of the past, and through careful study, it is clear that Israel’s suffering was God’s plan of nationhood. To the people under the wrath of Pharaoh in those days, the thought of being a nation must have been a remote dream, although it burns in their hearts. Little did they know it was all in God’s plan to bring them out with great substance, and in one day Israel became a nation.

Why did God lead the branch of Abraham into Egypt? He sold Joseph into slavery, and after many years elevate him to vice king over the entire land of Egypt. He made Egypt a powerful nation through the event of the famine, and if Egypt was not a super power  in the days before Joseph, we know from the story that Egypt became a super power within seven years extended its control over many lands. God through this event brought seventy souls, descendants of Abraham into the land of Egypt, who would later become slaves to the people of that country.

This seems to make no sense, the Creator of the universe made a promise to His people to bless and establish them, only to later throw them into slavery. At this point many of us would say this can’t be the plan of God, and would immediately turn aside from following Him. So did Israel after living in the land of Egypt for those four hundred years.

They have become accustom to the life in Egypt, and thou ethnically different due to their practices, they were not with God whole heartedly. Some have turned away from the lessons Abraham left behind serving the gods of Egypt, and as a result was given over to idolatry and the power of the enemy ending up in slavery. But after sometime, God would send a redeemer to deliver His people according to His plan, and promise to Abraham.

All Giza Pyramids in one shot. Русский: Все пи...

All Giza Pyramids in one shot. Русский: Все пирамиды Гизы на изображении. Español: Las Pirámides de Guiza (Egipto). Français : Les Pyramides de Gizeh (Egypte). Català: Les Piràmides de Giza, a Egipte. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But that still doesn’t answer the question why did God lead His people into a land He knew they would become slaves. After all, He had informed Abraham of His plan and how He would deliver His people. This is a hard case to judge when we consider the notion of people dying in idolatry, where did they end up in the will of God, and how would God deal with that individual, although He knew before hand what they would have done and how they would have died, and who they would have served being that He led them there. The answer to that question I believe is found in God’s ability to sustain and provide grace to that individual.

However, to answer the question, “Why did God lead His people to the land of Egypt” carries with it two parts. One He led Israel to the land of Egypt because of its resources and benefits, and secondly to prove His character as a God of justice, and a God of faithfulness.  Justice because He allowed Israel to spoil the Egyptians. Call this restored salary with interests. “Exodus 1:14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.”  Egypt did not pay wages to their slaves, so God before leading Israel out of Egypt made sure they got paid in full for the cities they build, and for the service they did in the field. What a savings plan.

Exodus 3:21-22 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty: But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.

God prove His character by keeping His word to Abraham, by delivering His people according to His plan and determined will. His words did not fall to the ground, but did accomplish all that it was sent to accomplished and was successful in every place it was sent.

English: The Nile River in Egypt.

English: The Nile River in Egypt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the eyes of suffering, we can’t at that moment see the big picture, but learning to trust God, we can be assured He will deliver us from our trails, testing, and hardship. The nation of Israel when they entered Egypt were only seventy souls, a point we need to consider, but when they left they were a mighty nation and a great number. Remember what the fear of the king of Egypt was? Exodus 1:8-10 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.

The king’s fear was that they were too many, and much mightier than they. His plan was to curb this growth by throwing the boy child in the Nile river. This has help us to realize God’s plan for leading Abraham’s descendants into Egypt, it was to increase the number of His people forming the nation. This was in accordance with His will in Adam, ” Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.

The intent of God from the beginning was to fill the earth with a righteous seed, while the will of the enemy was to corrupt and destroy that will. But God in all His wisdom chose Abraham through whom He would create a new nation and a new man bringing to pass the fulfillment of the Messiah, and completing the mission and His word.

In every suffering, and with every lost God will deliver us from the hand of our enemies; He will bring good out of it all; and we must remember the enemy will pay interests. James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worked patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.


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