Israel 3 – The Oppression Of God’s Chosen People – Exodus 1

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Deuteronomy 14:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – Israel, a chosen people.

“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

Text Overview. Joseph, a son of Jacob/Israel, whom had been sold into slavery by his brothers, was taken to Egypt, approximately in 1897 B.C. (Genesis 37). While in Egypt, Joseph experienced favor and adversity (Gen 39). Joseph was made Prime Minister of Egypt and saved Egypt, and surrounding countries, from famine (Gen 41). Jacob was told by God to not be fearful to go into Egypt; that God would make Israel into a great nation while in Egypt; that He would go with Israel into Egypt and that He would take Israel out. Jacob followed God’s direction and went into Egypt, with the result of about seventy Hebrews/Jews (Gen 14:13) becoming residents of Egypt (Gen 46). Jacob died (Gen 49). Joseph died in 1804 B.C. (Gen 50). This first chapter of Exodus forms a prologue to the book. It describes how God blessed the Israelites, to the point where they become a threat to the Egyptians. Oppression followed. (Dates in this overview come from the Ryrie Study Bible. Statistics show that the population of Israel grew to more than 2,000,000 at the time of the exodus, Ryrie note, Ex 1:7).

God chose Israel to bring a Holy and Righteous Messiah into the world, with Christ being the Holy and Righteous Messiah. Israel was also chosen to be a holy and righteous people, to have a special place of prominence in the end times, during the Kingdom Age, which is also known as the Millennial Reign of Christ. The millennium will be a time in the future when Christ will rule and reign during that time of one thousand years. Righteousness will cover the world; sin will be non-existent during that time when Satan is bound (Revelation 20:2). These, and other things that relate to Israel “in” the end times, will be discussed in this study of Israel. I think that a lot of valuable information will be gathered in this study that will show Israel to be the legitimate title-deed holder of its covenant and sovereign land that continues to come under constant verbal and physical attack during current times.

Consider some of the most commonly used names of God, as they are seen in this study.

“Elohim,” God (Gen 1:1). “Yahweh” (YHWH), Lord: “Lord God,” (Gen 2:4). “Lord,” (Gen 4:1). “El Shaddai,” God Almighty (Gen 35:11). “El,” God, mighty one, hero (Gen 46:3). There is no such name as Jehovah that is used for the Name of God. Whenever other Names of God appear in our study, they will be explained.

Exodus 1 Introduction. The following chapter divisions will show: vs 1. The children of Israel multiply after Joseph’s death. vs 8. The more they are oppressed by a new King, the more they multiply. vs 15. The King orders “immediate birth murders” of Jewish baby boys, which would occur only seconds after than the millions of late-term abortions of babies that occur in our world today. The midwives fear God and save the male children alive. vs 22. With the immediate delivery murders of Jewish baby boys being thwarted by the midwives, Pharaoh commands the male children to be thrown into the Nile river.

Exodus 1 Examination.

Consider the oppression of the Jews at the hands of the Egyptians.

Harshness of labor. Slavery. Murder of newborn baby boys.

The murder of baby boys of Israel was an attack on God’s chosen people, as was ordered by the King of Egypt, and is shown in Exodus 1:15-22, occurring at about 1546-1525 B.C. A similar occurrence was repeated in an attempt by King Herod in his order to kill all male children in Bethlehem from the age of two years, and younger, in Matthew 2:16, approximately 4-5 B.C. Moses was born in the year 1526 B.C. Aaron was born in the year 1529 B.C. The time frame of Exodus Chapter 1 is approximately 1662-1527 B.C. In Exodus 1:15-19, “Hebrew” women are “Jewish” women (Genesis 14:13). The attacks of Satan on Israel, as shown in Exodus 1, and Matthew 2, were attempts by Satan to prevent God’s Savior/Messiah/Christ (God with us, Isaiah 7:14, 9:6) from coming into our world.

Exodus 1 New King James Version (NKJV) Israel’s Suffering in Egypt

1 Now these are the names of the children of Israel who came to Egypt; each man and his household came with Jacob: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin; 4 Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 5 All those who were descendants of Jacob were seventy persons (for Joseph was in Egypt already). 6 And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. 7 But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and 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, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; 10 come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. 13 So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. 14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage—in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.

15 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah; 16 and he said, “When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. 18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and saved the male children alive?”

19 And the midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are lively and give birth before the midwives come to them.”

20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty. 21 And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them.

22 So Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “Every son who is born you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive.”

Exodus 1 Comments

1:1-5 The Israelites lived in Egypt 430 years (Exodus 12:40).

1:6-7 From the death of Joseph to the rise of the new king was more than 200 years (NASB Study Bible).

1:9 This is the first time that the children of Israel are called a people (NKJV Study Bible).

1:12 The Israelite’s affliction is likened to being in a furnace. Deuteronomy 4:20 (Ryrie Study Bible).

1:19 The Pharaoh had resorted to male infanticide (Ryrie Study Bible).

1:22 The Pharaoh ordered every born baby boy to be cast into the Nile River after the failure of his order for the midwives to kill the new-born baby boys. The waters of the Nile River were turned into blood at the time of the exodus of Israel from Egypt (Exodus 7:20). Later God would kill a lot of “grown up boys,” that is Egyptian soldiers, by drowning them in the Red Sea as they pursued fleeing Israel (Exodus 15:4).

The following comments on the above forms of oppression is provided by MacArthur study notes.

1:10, 11 join our enemies…set taskmasters over them. Israel was assessed both as a threat to national security and as an economic asset—slavery would, therefore, control the danger and maximize their usefulness.

1:14 hard bondage—in mortar, in brick. Archeologists have uncovered reliefs and paintings confirming the Egyptian practice of imposing forced labor on prisoners and slaves. These paintings also show foremen and guards watching construction work while scribes registered data on tablets.

1:15–17 the midwives feared God. These brave, older women reverenced their God and thus obeyed Him and not man. They obviously understood that children were a gift from God and that murder was wrong. The two midwives mentioned by name were probably the leading representatives of their profession, for it is unlikely that such a burgeoning population had only two midwives to deal with all the births.

1:15, 16 The failure of rigorous bondage to suppress population growth necessitated that different measures be taken; hence, the royal order to the Hebrew midwives to murder male infants at birth.

1:19, 20 Rather than trying to argue for a justifiable lie on the part of midwives seeking to protect God’s people, take it as a statement of what was true: God was directly involved in this affair of birth and national growth. That’s the key to understanding why no decree of Pharaoh would work out as he intended it, and why Hebrew women were so healthy and gave birth with ease.

1:22 The failure of the extermination program demanded of the midwives finally caused Pharaoh to demand that all his subjects get involved in murdering newborn boys.

A video view of the land in the study of Exodus is provided in the following videos and discussion.

As we go through this wilderness study of Israel, we will use a video tape series of discussions that show the terrain, and other natural land marks, that affected the travel of the children of Israel (Israel=Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham). The six part study is called, “The Real Mount Sinai.”

Dr Bryant G. Wood, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. is the leader of the series of videos, The Real Mount Sinai.” I think that you will come away from this video series, having gained a lot of good food for thought. You will notice that this video series does not necessarily align up with each article, but will add content that will be valuable to this overall series of articles that we are studying. Check the bio on Dr. Wood:

The Real Mount Sinai: Part 1 was also shown in Israel 1 – A Pagan Breeds A Nation

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai: Part 2 of 6 – Shown in Israel 3

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai: Part 1 of 6 – Shown in Israel 1

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Author: Eternity

Things are discussed in this website that relate to God's creation, from "eternity to eternity," and all that is addressed within those parameters. Consider Isaiah 43:13, "Even from eternity I am He, And there is no one who can rescue from My hand; I act, and who can reverse it?” The Moody Study Bible adds a comment: "God is the ruler of all, and there is nothing that can stand against Him. His will is irresistible. The Bible Knowledge Commentary adds this thought: "No one can reverse what God puts into action or thwart His plans." The articles that are found in this site may relate to anything that is found in the Bible, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22.21, as well as anything that may relate to the Bible.

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