Saved, but Enslaved
Dr. David Davis
Exodus 1:7-14 -
(7) And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. (8) Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. (9) And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: (10) 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. (11)Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. (12) But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. (13) And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: (14) And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
The theatrical stage ran across the north of Egypt and eastward beyond the Red Sea to encompass the entire Sinai Desert. Then that stage turned north to include the Holy Land itself.
You are the spectator to the drama. The curtain rises and falls, rises and lowers, again and again, as the drama progresses and moves east, then south, and then north.
The drama is real. You recall the incidents from your Bible story days. But before long you realize that this drama is one of those new types that involves the audience. The truth dawns on you. You are the slave and the wanderer. The journey is your own.
The first scene reflected in Exodus 1:7 is bright and cheerful. The children of Israel are in Egypt, where they are prospering. The were ‘‘fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty’’ ( ...
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