As the title of the book indicates (Exodus)...it is time for God's people to leave. Lots of gems and potential points for comments in today's passage, but I am a 2 finger typist:)
I find it very interesting that almost 400 years have passed since Joseph brought his family into Egypt and now a new leader decides that this group of people outnumber even the Egyptians! In vs. 2 of today's passage it tells us that Jacob's descendants numbered 70..... and when the new Pharaoh took stock of where his kingdom was at, they now numbered greater than the Egyptians...which would have been over 2 million people. Recall that Joseph reiterated God's promise to his brothers in Genesis 50:24-25; Now after approximately 400 years have passed, they are still in Egypt (no promised land yet) and on top of this they are going to be placed into brutal slavery. I would imagine doubt and skepticism would have set in about these promises of God's deliverance that were passed down from generation to generation. Not much different than today. We have God's promise that he will return and claim us to himself...but do we live each day with the thought that God is working through his plan and today could be the day?
Another point that struck me was in Chapter 1 vs. 17. The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. When these Midwives were ordered by the most powerful person they knew to kill the male children, they did not follow these commands because they feared God. The consequence of disobedience was likely death, yet they feared God? Where did this powerful fear of God come from? Certainly they would not have have had the same passing down of God's promises from generation to generation (as the Hebrews did), yet they feared God? Being observant they likely saw how the Hebrew people lived, conducted themselves, and how they were blessed; From this the midwives would have developed their overwhelming respect for the Hebrew's God. It brings me to question my own life; If those around me observe how I live and conduct myself on a daily basis - Do they in turn fear God?
Something else that stood out to me was in Exodus 2 vs 24-25.
So summing up my thoughts around today's passage:
1) God is true to his word and fulfills his promises.
2) Our timing may not be the same as God's timing.
3) We need to conduct ourselves so others see and respect God through us.
4) God hears us and is concerned about us.
5) When God puts a task in front of us and asks us to step-up, we need to be willing - no matter how many excuses we might think are valid.