God’s nation has ever grown so slowly from Abraham and his one son to a third generation consisting of seventy family members. God has faithfully kept his covenant, blessing each generation with more children. He has revealed himself in angelic encounters and evenina restling match. His chosen family is not perfect, but they continue to believe and trust in the one true God. Famine forces them to immigrate to Egypt, where God, through Joseph, has prepared a safe place for his people to grow and thrive. God’s people, the Hebrews, are safe and at rest for hundred of years.
During this 400-year gap between Genesis and Exodus, God’s people become a large and “extremely powerful” group. The Egyptians sethis as a threat, so they enslave and oppress God’s people. The Hebrews’ lives are uncomfortable and full of suffering, but it is all part of God’s plan — to ready them for change, to move them from slavery to freedom, and to claim them as his own. Thr process will be difficult and God’s reward is a distant promise, but the Hebrews will not journey alone. God will be with them every step of the way.
Where are we going?
As Exodus opens, the Hebrews are slaves in Egypt, living under harsh working conditions. They cryout to God to save them from Pharoh, God hears them and has a plan, but it will be eighty years before the man whom he has in mind will be ready to lead God’s people out of Egypt. When the time is right, God frees his people from human oppression and claims them for himself, promising them a land that overflows with plenty. God’s presence surrounds the new nation, providing for the people as they wander in the wilderness for forty years on the way to their new home in canaan.
Jesus as True North
Since the beginning of time and the fall of humanity, God has had a plan to reconnect with his people. In Genesus, he revealed more of himself over time to a chosen group of people. Each generation who obeyed and loved him was blessed by his presence and love. It will be a very long time until Jesus comes — almost two thousand years– but with each intercation, each promise, and each leader, God reveals himself a little more and brings his people a step closer to Jesus.
Where in the world are we?