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June 2 – He Gave Me His Law

June 5, 2012

“And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.  And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.  And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.” Exo 1:5-7

Seventy.  Only seventy.  Abraham had been promised that his descendants would be as the sand on a seashore- there would be so many, you couldn’t count them.  But at this stage, there is only seventy.  But, we have seen the hand of God upon them in order to preserve the seed of Abraham.  

Well, time goes on and Joseph dies, along with his immediate family.  A new king takes the throne and does not know Joseph.  The Pharoah enslaves the Hebrews and forces extreme conditions upon them.  But the Hebrews continued to multiply to such a degree that Pharoah was now feeling very threatened by them.  As a result, he had all the newborn baby boys put to death.  In an effort to save him, one mother make a basket, sealed it where it would not leak, and placed her son in the basket, and into the river.  That baby was Moses.

Moses survived and wound up being raised by Pharoah’s daughter, in the palace of the king.  When he grew up, knowing who he was, he went out to check on his Hebrew brethren.  He witnessed an Egyptian striking a Hebrew.  He was outraged, looked around, didn’t see anybody watching, and slew the Egyptian.  He buried him in the sand and went on his way.

The next day, he steps out again and see two Hebrews arguing with each other.  He went to them and asked why they were fighting, seeing that they were brethren.  One of them asked him if he was going to kill one of them and bury him like he did the Egyptian the previous day.  Shocked, he ran, knowing that it was only a matter of time before the king would hear of it.

Moses spent the next forty years in a different land where he married a daughter of Jethro and became a keeper of his sheep.  

Remember, God is still working through all of this to bring about a Savior for mankind.  But notice one of the three promised made to Abraham was being fulfilled.  The number of the Hebrews had grown possibly as high as three or four million.

God hears the cry of the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) and calls out to Moses from the burning bush.  God instructs Moses to go to the king and tell him to let His people go.

After many attempts, God gives one final plague, the death of the firstborn.  The children of Israel were instructed to slaughter a lamb and wipe the blood on the doorpost and over the door.  This would be their protection.  When the death angel came to take all the firstborn, he passed over all of Israel’s homes because of this blood covering saving them from the judgment of God.

They escaped out of Egypt, went to the Red Sea, crossed over on dry land, and Pharoah’s army was destroyed in the flood of waters that came crashing down upon them.  Again, remember, God is preserving His plan to save mankind and to bring them back into a spiritual fellowship with Him for eternity.

Moses goes up and receives the Law given by God.  Things like, “Thou shalt not kill.” and “Thou shalt not steal.”  These laws were to be a covenant between Him and the children of Israel.

Remember, God had made the promise to Abraham, now He is giving it with all of the laws for the people to obey.

All of this was done in order to bring about the greatest blessing this world would ever know: the One who would remedy the sin problem that separates mankind from God.  His marvelous plan is beginning to unfold and to be revealed to mankind.  Oh, what marvelous love my God has for me, that He would work through so many obstacles to make sure I can spend eternity with Him in Heaven.

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