Exodus 1:10 Get Out of My Land

Exodus 1:10 (KJV)
Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.

The Egyptians were in a quandary. The Jews had multiplied in number to the place they were a problem. The situation, as they saw it, was that the Jews might take the side of an enemy, join them, and affect their escape.

The thing is, the Jews did not belong in Egypt. They had a homeland of their own. They had come to the land as guests. The host Pharaoh had long since passed away. In our terminology, the Jews had overstayed their welcome.

Perhaps they had sold themselves to Pharaoh along with the Egyptian people during the great famine. I doubt it. It may be that over the centuries, four of them, the Egyptians and the Jews, just assumed they were possessions of the state along with everyone else.

One easy solution to the Jews would have been to invite them to go home. But Pharaoh didn’t want that either. He had grown accustomed to their productivity and industry.

His problem? He couldn’t live with them, and he couldn’t live without them.

The Jews had been invited into Egypt to save them from a famine. They just never returned home. It might have seemed uncomfortable to do so. It might have been more difficult at home than in the good land of Goshen. Whatever the reason for staying, it had turned into a bad deal. After four hundred years, the people living in the Promised Land wouldn’t have been happy to see them come home.

There is little way to avoid the trappings of worldliness. They can seem comfortable, even like a blessing. In some respects, they are necessary. But for the Christian, it is best to view them all as temporary. We must never hold onto anything on this earth too tightly.

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Exodus 1:10 Get Out of My Land

Genesis 49:1 Church Services Gathered

Genesis 49:1 (KJV)
And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.

I love the word “gather” and all its various forms in the Word of God. God must love it too. Seriously, it’s found no less than five times in this chapter. Four hundred sixty-eight times in the Bible.

  • It is what the Lord will do when He calls believers to heaven.
  • It is one of the descriptions of a local church.

In that context, Jacob’s words serve as a precursor to a church service. Jacob:

  • Called to his sons
  • Urged them to gather together and
  • Told them what would happen in the last days

Church services are organized.
A time and place are set.

Church services are for the sons of God
The whole of the body y is urged to attend. Unsaved people are invited, and we surely pray they will be saved. But they are not the reason for the assembly of God’s house.

Church services are for preaching
Ultimately every message is addressed to the future. We are to speak to the character of man to provoke them to prepare to meet God.

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Genesis 49:1 Church Services Gathered

Genesis 47:11 We Know the End of the Story

Genesis 47:11 (KJV)
And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

Pharaoh offered the best of the land to Israel in verse six. In verse eleven, they accept and take possession of it.

Things seemed as if they had worked out well. What Joseph’s brothers meant for evil, God meant for good. Israel would be protected and saved, even blessed, in Egypt. I can hear the rejoicing, the shouting of “amen,” the giving of thanks, the testimonies of God’s goodness.

But we know the end of the story. No matter how well we think we have it in this world, it is not and never will be our home. The prince of the power of the air rules in the hearts of unbelieving men. While the tide comes and goes, and we must make our way in this world, it is never wise to be too comfortable here. Sooner or later, there will be a king who knows not Joseph.[1]

Our hope is in eternal, heavenly, not made with hands.

As difficult as it is to maintain our focus on that hope, we are in the best place when that is our place.


[1] Exodus 1:8 (KJV)
Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

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Genesis 47:11 We Know the End of the Story

Genesis 40:7 This’ll Will Get Us Through

Genesis 40:7 (KJV)
And he asked Pharaoh’s officers that were with him in the ward of his lord’s house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?

The officers had worked for a Pharaoh so mighty he could have them in prison just because they offended him. They were in jail. And yet, Joseph could see they were sad the morning after their dreams.

Even under challenging circumstances, I observe that a man does not have to be sad. At least not every day. Joseph had every reason, I think, to be depressed and miserable. Indeed, he wished to escape prison and even took steps to that effect in the passage. But he wasn’t depressed beyond measure. He was still diligent, faithful, and full of faith.

Life brings difficulties our way. It’s not wrong to acknowledge them. It is not evil to take steps to get passed them.  But we never have to be overwhelmed by them.

Faith in God and choosing to do right[1] will get us through.


[1] The baker had obviously done wrong.

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Genesis 40:7 This’ll Will Get Us Through

Genesis 37:29-30 It Is Always Right

Genesis 37:29-30 (KJV)
And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?

Rueben found himself in a real pickle. He didn’t agree with his brothers, but he didn’t disagree either. He didn’t care for Joseph any more than they did, but he didn’t want to shed blood and didn’t want to hurt his father.

His brothers, who were not as willing followers as Rueben might have thought, had little interest in Rueben’s feelings on the matter. They didn’t care for him any more than they did for Joseph. I don’t think any of them cared about anyone but themselves.

Rueben’s trouble was in attempting to please both sides. He wanted to maintain his allegiance to his brothers, but he also wanted to please his father.

The answer to the solution would have been to consider Joseph (mostly to consider God). Had he put his foot down, called this wickedness, and stood with Joseph,

  • He wouldn’t have been in this pickle.
  • He would not have had to live with twenty years of guilt
  • He would not have had to hide this from his father

Doing right is not always easy.

It is always right.

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Genesis 37:29-30 It Is Always Right

Genesis 32:10 Mercy and Truth; We Are Not Worthy 

Genesis 32:10 (KJV)
I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.

Though Jacob was not worthy, God had been kind to him. He had gone out of the Promised Land with nothing but a staff. I see that as a tool. He had his parents to thank for training him in a livelihood and equipping him with a strong work ethic. But that is all he had. He returned, he said, with two bands. He had become so prosperous that, in his return to the Promised Land and preparation to meet Esau, he had divided his holdings into two companies. Indeed, God had been kind to him.

Jacob did reference his substance, but that of which he said he was not worthy was not substance. He said he was not worthy

  • Of God’s mercy or
  • Of God’s truth

I think we would all agree with the first. Mercy is, by definition, unmerited. 

If we deserved it and were worthy of it, then receiving it would not be merciful; it would be right, fair, and our due.

We are not worthy of God’s mercy. Further, we are not worthy of God’s truth. We are not worthy of the Word of God; we are not worthy of the illumination of the Holy Ghost upon the Word. We are not worthy of having received it, to have understood any portion of it, or to be granted the faith to respond to it. 

The Bible connects Jesus Christ to the Word and to the truth. We surely agree that we are not worthy of Him.

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Genesis 32:10 Mercy and Truth; We Are Not Worthy

Genesis 30:8 Sibling Rivalry

Genesis 30:8 (KJV)
And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

Recently I performed a wedding. The lighting of the candles, one on either side of the unity candle, was performed by the two youngest brothers of the groom. I know them both to be kindhearted and generous young men. But they are brothers. One of the two could get his lighter struck quickly, and his candle lit. The other, struggling with his lighter, tried to get his brother’s, who sternly refused to give it up. He did attempt to light the candle for his brother, who wasn’t about to allow that to happen. My son, watching with his mother from the audience, smiled and remarked, “Sibling rivalry,” to his mom, my wife. He recognized immediately what was going on. I don’t imagine there is much that concerns a parent more than sibling rivalry. We want our kids to get along.

I believe the same to be true of our Lord. It must be a grief to Him that the children of His creation would fight and war among themselves.

But it does happen—a lot.

  • Cain and Abel
  • Rachel and Leah

Is it any wonder that Joseph’s brothers were so cruel to him as to sell him as a slave?

A unique bond belongs to Christians, especially in a local Church. We are brethren. But we, too, are prone to some “sibling rivalry.” This is a particular grief to the Lord. We are taught in many New Testament passages to endeavor to keep unity in the bond of peace.[1]

We are all different in personality, passions, and preferences. But the fact that Christ is the redeemer of all the brethren in the church demands that we let His mind be in us.


[1] Ephesians 4:3 (KJV)
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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Genesis 30:8 Sibling Rivalry

Genesis 28:15 Confidence in God’s Promise

Genesis 28:15 (KJV)
And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

God’s promise to never leave or sake His people are so many, so varied by time, circumstances, and personalities. God’s promise to keep and perform what He has said in His Word are so frequent that I have little question whether He will perform the thing He has said.

Philippians 1:6 (KJV)
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

I suggest that this is the mark of true faith. 

  • Anyone can make a lifestyle choice
  • One’s worldview is influenced by almost inexplicable factors
  • Religion is as often a hindrance to Christianity as a help

When we get down to the foundation of all things, true faith is trusting God.

That sort of faith shows up in the life one lives.

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Genesis 28:15 Confidence in God’s Promise

Genesis 24:67 The Business of Burying Sarah

Genesis 24:67 (KJV)
And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

I was impressed to see that the entirety of Genesis, chapters twenty-three and twenty-four, is taken up with the underlying theme of Sarah’s passing. Some people believe Christianity is a “male-based religion.” It’s the farthest thing from the truth. Nothing in human history has elevated women higher than has the Christian faith. Satan hates everything that God created. The non-biblical philosophies of feminism, modernism, and equal rights have done nothing but destroy the beauty that is womanhood.

Genesis twenty-three is taken with the business of burying Sarah. I say business because that is what it is. It’s a lucrative one at that. I notice that Abraham had no desire to “save a buck” in the business. It’s a significant event. It would have long-term consequences because several generations would use this same plot of land to bury their dead.

Genesis twenty-four is taken up with a wife for Isaac. It seems like that would be the focal point. But the chapter ends by saying the entire episode resulted in Isaac being comforted after his mother’s death. Comfort in the inevitable times of death is found,

  • In the hope of eternal life in Christ
  • In the practical nature of caring for this necessary event and
  • In the prospect of God’s promises to future generations

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Genesis 24:67 The Business of Burying Sarah

Genesis 50:21 Beeline To The Altar

Genesis 50:21 (KJV)
Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

Once Jacob had died, Joseph’s brothers thought he might take the opportunity to have his vengeance finally. Joseph reassured them that we would not. He knew he was not God.[1]

Joseph was not God, and that is why he did not attempt revenge. But Joseph does provide for us an excellent example of how God responds to His children.  

All of us, who are saved, realize we could never deserve the grace or the mercy God has shown to us. I think most of us live with the regrets of those sins of our past and with disgust at those sins which so easily beset us. We lay them aside only to pick them up again or else to discover there are other sins hidden underneath them. More than one Christian I know makes a regular beeline to the altar to thank God for His mercies and to ask Him to continue. 

It seems to me that Joseph provides God’s response; He comforts and speaks kindly and continues to nourish us and ours. 

Thanks be to God. 


[1] Genesis 50:19 (KJV)
And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

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Genesis 50:21 Beeline To The Altar