Read Exodus Chapter 1. After your have read the Chapter, read the passages below to help you dive deeper into the Chapter. Conclude in Prayer.
LIFE FROM DEATH
“And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.” Exodus 1:6-7 NKJV
It is a common theme with God, that after death comes resurrection and life. The people of Israel grew after Joseph’s death. In your own life, can you think of a trial or struggle, and how it is the Lord grew and multiplied you?
JOSEPH IS A TYPE OF CHRIST: “We have heard in the lesson which was read, dearly beloved, that ―when Joseph was dead, the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful and prolific, and they sprang up like grass. What does this mean, brethren? As long as Joseph lived the children of Israel are not recorded to have increased or multiplied very much, but after he died they are said to have sprung up like the grass. Surely they should have increased and multiplied more when they were under the patronage and protection of Joseph. These words were prefigured in that Joseph, dearly beloved; but in our Joseph, that is, in Christ the Lord, they were fulfilled in truth. Before our Joseph died, that is, before he was crucified, few people believed in him, but after he died and rose again throughout the world the Israelites, that is, the Christian people, increased and multiplied. Thus even the Lord himself says in the Gospel: “Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.” After the precious grain of wheat died and was buried through the passion, from that one grain a harvest of the church sprang up throughout the world.” -CAESARIUS OF ARLES
BUILDING UP BRICK AND MORTAR
“So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. 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.” Exodus 1:13-14 NKJV
In Scripture, the land of Egypt has always been a type for sin and the world. Pharaoh is a type of Satan. Brick and mortar is a type for lust and desires. Pharaoh desired that the Israelites live bitterly, and to build up cities in mortar and brick. He sought to keep them trapped. Are you aware of how Satan has tried to keep you in bondage? Can you identify the brick, mortar, and the busy work that Satan is using to keep you tied to this world?
LUSTS AND DESIRES: “When the children of Israel were in Egypt, they were afflicted with mortar and brick for the works of Pharaoh the king until they cried out in their groaning to the Lord. And he heard their cry and sent his word to them by Moses and led them out of Egypt. When we were also in Egypt, I mean in the errors of this world and in the darkness of ignorance, we then did the works of the devil in lusts and desires of the flesh. But the Lord had pity on our affliction and sent the Word, his only begotten Son, to deliver us from ignorance of our error and to lead us to the light of divine law.”- ORIGEN
Heavenly Father, I thank You for You are good, compassionate and merciful towards me, always. Father, I have built for myself a stronghold of brick and mortar in this world, by my lusts and desires, and I find myself trapped, bound and living in sin that I so desperately wish to escape. Father, I know that You hear me as You heard the Israelites. Father, I know that You have sent Your Son to save me as You sent Your servant Moses to save the Israelites. I pray Father that I can prepare my heart in this season of Advent for the Incarnation of Your Son, and freedom from the bonds I find myself in. Hear my cries, O Lord. Amen.
Posted on Thu, December 1, 2016
by John Youssef