A House of Bondage by Tony Nester

A House of Bondage
Tony Nester
Exodus 1:1-22

I have two words to put before us this morning as we begin a new year and a new message series. The first word is "promise" and the second word is "pain".

The Book of Exodus opens with a reminder of the promise of God to his people. It's easy to miss the promise because our English Bibles leave out the opening word that's written there in Hebrew. That opening word is the little word "And". In Hebrew the text reads "And these are the names."

The word "and" is a conjunction -- i.e. it connects things that go together. For example, if I say, "I ate too much over the holidays and ..." how would you finish the sentence?

• How about "...now I need to go on a diet."

• Or this one: "The holidays are over and ..." -- how about: "now I can get back to my usual routine."

Now let's see if we can work backwards with the first verse of the Book of Exodus. "And these are the names .." What's the conjunction? What would go before "and these are the names"?

Here's your answer. The "and" of Exodus Chapter 1, verse 1 connects with promise recorded in the Book of Genesis that God made to Abraham. God promised Abraham that would have many descendents and that Abraham would be the Father of a great nation of people.

That was a hard promise for Abraham to believe because his wife Sarah was old and hadn't been able to bear children. But that was God's promise.

Abraham and Sarah had a son: Isaac. Isaac and Rebecca had a son: Jacob. Jacob and Rachel have 12 sons: "And these are the names:2Reuben, Simeon,Levi,Judah,3Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin,4Dan, Naphtali,Gad, and Asher.5In all, Jacob had seventy descendants in Egypt, including Joseph, who was already there."

God promised Sarah a son and Abraham that he would be the Father of a great nation with descendents as numerous as the stars in the sky ... AND THESE ARE THE NAMES.

Abraham believed the promise of God in spite of his and ...


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