As we finish Genesis and move into the next book, Exodus, we will see God’s provision for the continuation of His promised blessing made to Abraham. The final chapters of Genesis narrate the future of Abraham’s seed — his family. This is through the unfolding blessing of Jacob on his family as they settle in Egypt to survive the famine. While the family that comes to Egypt is about 170 in number (Exodus 1:5), by the time of Moses, they are estimated to be about 2,000,000. Talk about multiplication and blessing!
Remember what God has said to Abraham
Then the word of the Lord came to him: … He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Genesis 15:5.
Abraham, however, had to wait…even when he didn’t understand how God’s promises would be fulfilled. And the descendants of Joseph would have to wait too.
8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. Exodus 1:8–11.
They lived under this slavery for 400 years! — crying out and waiting on the Lord to send a deliverer.
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey… Exodus 3:7–8.
God raised up the deliverer Moses to free His people!
Can you imagine waiting that long? God was faithful through it and even before it. See, God had told Abraham that his people, yet unseen, would suffer 400 years — but would be rescued.
13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. Ge 15:13.
From the end of Genesis to the beginning of Exodus we see God is faithfully fulfilling his promise to Abraham. Now they are 2,000,000 strong and God is ready to establish is people.
Where in your life are you waitingon the Lord? Have you lost hope? Have you given up? Have you walked away? How could the reading this week help you wait through the circumstances you’re facing? Remember:
… God has revealed his grace for the salvation of the whole human race. 12That grace instructs us to give up ungodly living and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this world, 13as we wait for the blessed Day we hope for, when the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ will appear. 14He gave himself for us, to rescue us from all wickedness and to make us a pure people who belong to him alone and are eager to do good. Titus 2:11–14. GNT
Waiting on God can be hard, but nothing and no one can do what He does. When we take matters in our hands, we usually mess them up. So, wait. But not alone, wait with others so that you can be encouraged in the waiting. He is coming…
I waited patiently for the Lord’s help; then he listened to me and heard my cry.
He pulled me out of a dangerous pit, out of the deadly quicksand.
He set me safely on a rock and made me secure.
He taught me to sing a new song, a song of praise to our God.
Many who see this will take warning and will put their trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:1–3.
Written by: Kevin McKee
Photo Credit: Greg Rakozy