The story of the exodus of the Nation of Israel from bondage in Egypt to the promised land is the greatest story of deliverance. It is a story about a nation of people, once celebrated in the land, now tolerated and subjugated into slavery. It is also a story about the Lord’s remarkable connection with His people and how He steps into their situation and delivers them. It is recorded for us in the Bible, in the book of Exodus in the Old Testament. There are so many remarkable correlations between this story and what people go through during life. There are also many correlations that we see people facing in the world today. What we know for sure is that the Lord never changes, and therefore we can draw strength from this remarkable story, and we can anticipate that the Lord will be faithful to us, as He was then, to His people.
THE GOOD TIMES
We all go through seasons in life where things seem to go smoothly or seemed to have gone smoothly. Perhaps that is why people often refer to ‘The good old days.’ In the story in the book of Exodus, Joseph become the prince in Egypt and brings his whole family to live in an area called Goshen. Goshen was a region of ancient Egypt, east of the Nile delta: it was given to Jacob and his descendants by the king of Egypt and they inhabited it until the exodus. (Genesis 45:10) It was a place of comfort, security and plenty. It is symbolic for us of a good time and a good place. During this season, people thrived and multiplied. Originally only 70 individuals came to Goshen, but they enjoyed good times and during this season they flourished and prospered.
Exodus 1:7 ‘Their descendants had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land.’
It is as if they were living through a boom time. It was a veritable population explosion, and with that came increased influence and power. They became a force to be reckoned with. Perhaps you can remember a time when you or your family were really doing well? Perhaps things were going from strength to strength and you never imagined that things could change? We all go through periods or season of good times. We must make the most of these times and realise that the Lord is blessing us for a reason. We should make the best use of the good times, and as the old proverb says; ‘We should make hay while the sun shines.’
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