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FAMILY BIBLE STUDY EXODUS 1

 

For this year’s FCM Conference in preparation for our viewing of Moses at Sight and Sound Theatre in Branson, we are making our Exodus lessons, (Jon’s sermon notes), available to our families so parents can use these as Bible studies with their children.

Although our homeschooling families come from many different denominations that hold to many different doctrines, each family will still be able to agree upon the vast majority of these lessons. Don’t be tempted to throw out the baby with the bath water on a few particular points of difference, but instead, skip over the points with which you may not be comfortable, and continue on with the remainder of the lessons, as these lessons will provide a tremendous foundation of truth for your children.

 

Exodus 1

 

I. An Overview of Exodus

A. Whereas Genesis means origin or beginning, Exodus means departure or flight. From the context we know that the flight is from Egypt, which represents the world; Pharaoh, who represents Satan; and slavery, man’s bondage to sin; to Canaan-God’s Promised Land. This parallels Christ’s exodus from Egypt when He was a child, symbolic of His separation from the world and sin.

 

B. As we go through Exodus, ponder the mirrored image of our own slavery and bondage to sin and Satan before God’s deliverance of our own souls.

 

C. Prior to God’s deliverance of His people, He reveals, first of all, the necessity of rescue, namely, the great hardship incurred by those enslaved by the harsh taskmaster (Satan) and secondly, the captives’ inability to free themselves.

 

Carefully consider the fact that it was only because of the harsh treatment incurred by the Israelites that they cried out, for truly, “There are none who seek Him, not one.” This truth is more clearly seen shortly after God delivered them from their bondage, when they cried out once again to return to their cruel taskmasters. This same conflict exists in our own lives when we cry out to God for deliverance but continue to desire the world.

 

Adam lived in a perfect world. Yet even in that perfect world, Adam could not obey God, nor could his son Cain, who without the evil influence of television, rock music, or pornography, killed his brother Abel. Clearly, from the beginning, God displays man’s inability to obey Him.

 

Dan Phillips says, “If there is to be a rescue operation for us children of Adam, aimed at bringing us to anything like God meant us to be, it has to overcome not only our sin and depravity, but the fact that sin makes us utterly uninterested in the solution. In fact, we would be repelled by it. C.S. Lewis spoke for us all: ‘Amiable agnostics will talk cheerfully about man’s search for God. To me…they might as well have talked about the mouse’s search for the cat.’”

 

1.     Exodus 3:7 “The LORD said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.’”

2.     Romans 3:10,11 “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God.”

 

D. The third point is that God displays His sovereignty over nations, and indeed over the most powerful forces on earth through His magnificent might, which no power on earth can overcome. And in the case of Pharaoh, He clearly shows that all power and all men are used for His glory, in spite of their opposition to the contrary.

 

In the process of attempting to save Egypt by his own power and might, Pharaoh ends up completely destroying it. This in turn signifies two important truths. First, those who attempt to save their lives on their own efforts ultimately lose them. Secondly, rulers who refuse to submit to God destroy themselves and their nations.

 

Many of us once thought that God’s dominion was limited to heaven while Satan ruled the earth; relegating God to a helpless observer. However, once we began studying the entire Bible in great depth, we soon realized that scripture reveals a vastly different picture of God’s dominion. And as we go forward through His Word and providential history, the fact becomes even more clear that it is God who rules nations and turns the hearts of men like channels of water. None can stay the Lord’s almighty power, for He is ruler over all heaven and over all the earth. Praise God!

 

R. C. Sproul states it this way, “If there is any element of the universe that is outside of His authority, then He no longer is God over all. In other words, sovereignty belongs to deity. Sovereignty is a natural attribute of the Creator. God owns what He makes, and He rules what He owns.”

 

J. I. Packer states it this way: “Divine sovereignty is a vast subject: it embraces everything that comes in to the biblical picture of God as Lord and King in His world, the One who ‘worketh all things after the counsel of his own will’ (Ephesians 1:11), directing every process and ordering every event for the fulfilling of His own eternal plan.”

 

1.Isaiah 40:12-26 “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the heavens by the span, and calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance and the hills in a pair of scales? Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge and informed Him of the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust. Even Lebanon is not enough to burn, nor its beasts enough for a burnt offering. All the nations are as nothing before Him, they are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless. To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him? As for the idol, a craftsman casts it, a goldsmith plates it with gold, and a silversmith fashions chains of silver. He who is too impoverished for such an offering selects a tree that does not rot; he seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman to prepare an idol that will not totter. Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, who makes the judges of the earth meaningless. Scarcely have they been planted, scarcely have they been sown, scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth, but He merely blows on them, and they wither, and the storm carries them away like stubble. ‘To whom then will you liken Me that I would be his equal?’ says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power not one of them is missing.”

2.     Psalm 135:5,6 “For I know that the LORD is great and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all depths.”

3.     Daniel 4:34,35 “…For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom endures from generation to generation. And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”

4.     Daniel 2:21 “…He removes kings and establishes kings…”

5.     Daniel 5:18-21 “O king, the Most High God granted sovereignty, grandeur, glory and majesty to Nebuchadnezzar your father. Because of the grandeur which He bestowed on him, all the peoples, nations and men of every language feared and trembled before him; whomever he wished he killed and whomever he wished he spared alive; and whomever he wished he elevated and whomever he wished he humbled. But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit became so proud that he behaved arrogantly, he was deposed from his royal throne and his glory was taken away from him. He was also driven away from mankind, and his heart was made like that of beasts, and his dwelling place was with the wild donkeys. He was given grass to eat like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until he recognized that the Most High God is ruler over the realm of mankind and that He sets over it whomever He wishes.”

6.     1 Chronicles 29:11,12 “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.”

7.     2 Chronicles 20:6 “…O LORD, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You.”

8.     Isaiah 9:6,7 “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.”

9.     Hebrews 2:14,15 “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.”

10.  Matthew 12:22-29 “Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw. All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, ‘This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?’ But when the Pharisees heard this they said, ‘This man casts out demons only by Beelzebub the ruler of the demons.’ And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, ‘Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? If I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.’”

11.  Ephesians 1:18-23 “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”

12.  John 3:35 “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.”

13.  1 Peter 3:21,22 “…the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.”

14.  Colossians 2:9,10 “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.”

15.  Matthew 28;18 “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.’”

16.  Proverbs 8:15 “By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just.”

17.  Psalm 2:1-12 “Why are the nations in an uproar and the people devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!’ He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury, saying, ‘But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain. I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, “You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends to the earth as Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.”’ Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the LORD with reverence and rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”

 

E. Fourthly, God shows us the way of redemption—the blood of the lamb, which was promised in Genesis.

 

F. The fifth point is that God reveals our obligation to Him for His great mercy, that of obedience rather than sacrifice.

 

G. The sixth point is that Exodus shows us man’s utter poverty in his inability to be obedient and then God’s provision for man’s destitution. When we first read the story of Exodus, not only were we astounded by the Hebrew people’s utter foolishness and determined rebellion, we wondered why God put up with such treason. Personally, Candy and I would have left them in Pharaoh’s power and be done with them. Thankfully, God is merciful and long suffering. In spite of their abject rejection of Him, He suffered long for their sake, as He does with us. For as we have grown in our knowledge of Christ, we have grown in our knowledge of our own hearts, which has revealed our utter arrogance, destitution, and inability to be obedient, apart from the Holy Spirit. So just as the Israelites deserved death because of their utter disobedience and ingratitude, so, too, do you and I. And just as God continued to lead Israel through her Exodus, so He continues to guide us through our journey, as well.

 

I also used to think if only God led us with fire and smoke, it would be so much easier; yet in reality, we have something that is far better, as His Spirit now resides within us.

 

If we cannot recount the way He has provided for us, protected us, and directed us, we are an ungrateful people just like those who died in the wilderness. Though God is long suffering, His judgment is swift towards those who continue in their rebellion and ingratitude like those He swallowed up.

 

God’s long suffering and mercy to such a pernicious humanity is really beyond our human comprehension. This is the beloved story of Divine grace! For God does not deliver Israel, or any man, because of any merit in himself, but only on account of God’s Sovereign mercy towards the desperately lost. He initiates redemption, for while we were yet sinners, He died to save us. Our salvation is based on Christ’s merit alone, not our own. For if we were judged according to our merit, our destination would most certainly be hell.

 

1.     Ephesians 2:1-10 “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

 

 

 

H. “That the most gracious Father should have followed up this same people with his continual bounty even unto the end, and have so contended with their gross impiety, their detestable iniquity, and foul ingratitude, as not to cease to be more than liberal towards the unthankful and the evil, is a manifest proof of his inestimable loving-kindness; whilst we may perceive in his constant government of them, how unwearied is the course of his grace in cherishing, defending, honouring, and preserving those whom he has once embraced with his love. Hence may we obtain a source of confidence; hence, too, may we learn to be bold in prayer; while, lest we should be in doubt whether these exertions of God’s grace, which Israel experienced as well in their original calling as in their successive history, have any relation to ourselves also, Moses has stated their cause to have been that gratuitous adoption, which is common to us with them, from the times that the only-begotten Son, having ‘broken down the middle wall of partition,’ vouchsafed to become our head. On the other hand, the terrible and memorable punishments, which are everywhere recounted, instruct us in reverence towards God, and inspire our hearts with awe, lest we should falsely boast ourselves to be his children, whilst indulging in the liberty of sin. For, since God so severely punished idolatry, evil affections and lusts, rebellion and other crimes, we may learn that he nowhere more evidently inflicts his judgments than upon his church, and thus we may appropriate to the deceivers of our own day whatever happened to the hypocritical Jews.” –John Calvin

 

Let us examine our own hearts to see our own ingratitude for God’s inestimable loving-kindness that we may perceive His constant unwearied course of His grace towards us in cherishing, defending, honoring, and preserving us whom He has embraced with His love. Let us not conceal our gratitude or testimony of God’s great deliverance from our children, but let it be known from generation to generation of God’s great mercy and grace towards our family.

 

1.     Psalm 77:20 “You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.”

2.     Exodus 15:1-18 “Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said, ‘I will sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted; the horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will extol Him. The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is His name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; and the choicest of his officers are drowned in the Red Sea. The deeps cover them; they went down into the depths like a stone. Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power, Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy. And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You; You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff. At the blast of Your nostrils the waters were piled up, the flowing waters stood up like a heap; the deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea. The enemy said, “I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my desire shall be gratified against them; I will draw out my sword, my hand will destroy them.” You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters. Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders? You stretched out Your right hand, the earth swallowed them. In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed; in Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation. The peoples have heard, they tremble; anguish has gripped the inhabitants of Philistia. Then the chiefs of Edom were dismayed; the leaders of Moab, trembling grips them; all the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away. Terror and dread fall upon them; by the greatness of Your arm they are motionless as stone; until Your people pass over, O LORD, until the people pass over whom You have purchased. You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, the place, O LORD, which You have made for Your dwelling, the sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established. The LORD shall reign forever and ever.’”

3.     Psalm 78 “Listen, O my people, to my instruction; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done. For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments, and not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart and whose spirit was not faithful to God. The sons of Ephraim were archers equipped with bows, yet they turned back in the day of battle. They did not keep the covenant of God and refused to walk in His law; they forgot His deeds and His miracles that He had shown them. He wrought wonders before their fathers in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. He divided the sea and caused them to pass through, and He made the waters stand up like a heap. Then He led them with the cloud by day and all the night with a light of fire. He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them abundant drink like the ocean depths. He brought forth streams also from the rock and caused waters to run down like rivers. Yet they still continued to sin against Him, to rebel against the Most High in the desert. And in their heart they put God to the test by asking food according to their desire. Then they spoke against God; they said, ‘Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? Behold, He struck the rock so that waters gushed out, and streams were overflowing; can He give bread also? Will He provide meat for His people?’ Therefore the LORD heard and was full of wrath; and a fire was kindled against Jacob and anger also mounted against Israel, because they did not believe in God and did not trust in His salvation. Yet He commanded the clouds above and opened the doors of heaven; He rained down manna upon them to eat and gave them food from heaven. Man did eat the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance. He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens and by His power He directed the south wind. When He rained meat upon them like the dust, even winged fowl like the sand of the seas, then He let them fall in the midst of their camp, round about their dwellings. So they ate and were well filled, and their desire He gave to them. Before they had satisfied their desire, while their food was in their mouths, the anger of God rose against them and killed some of their stoutest ones, and subdued the choice men of Israel. In spite of all this they still sinned and did not believe in His wonderful works. So He brought their days to an end in futility and their years in sudden terror. When He killed them, then they sought Him, and returned and searched diligently for God; and they remembered that God was their rock, and the Most High God their Redeemer. But they deceived Him with their mouth and lied to Him with their tongue. For their heart was not steadfast toward Him, nor were they faithful in His covenant. But He, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them; and often He restrained His anger and did not arouse all His wrath. Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and does not return. How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness and grieved Him in the desert! Again and again they tempted God, and pained the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power, the day when He redeemed them from the adversary, when He performed His signs in Egypt and His marvels in the field of Zoan, and turned their rivers to blood, and their streams, they could not drink. He sent among them swarms of flies which devoured them, and frogs which destroyed them. He gave also their crops to the grasshopper and the product of their labor to the locust. He destroyed their vines with hailstones and their sycamore trees with frost. He gave over their cattle also to the hailstones and their herds to bolts of lightning. He sent upon them His burning anger, fury and indignation and trouble, a band of destroying angels, He leveled a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, but gave over their life to the plague, and smote all the firstborn in Egypt, the first issue of their virility in the tents of Ham. But He led forth His own people like sheep and guided them in the wilderness like a flock; He led them safely so that they did not fear; but the sea engulfed their enemies. So He brought them to this holy land, to this hill country which His right hand had gained. He also drove out the nations before them and apportioned them for an inheritance by measurement, and made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents. Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God and did not keep His testimonies, but turned back and acted treacherously like their fathers; they turned aside like a treacherous bow. For they provoked Him with their high places and aroused His jealousy with their graven images. When God heard, He was filled with wrath and greatly abhorred Israel; so that He abandoned the dwelling place at Shiloh, the tent which He had pitched among men, and gave up His strength to captivity and His glory into the hand of the adversary. He also delivered His people to the sword, and was filled with wrath at His inheritance. Fire devoured His young men, and His virgins had no wedding songs. His priests fell by the sword, and His widows could not weep. Then the Lord awoke as if from sleep, like a warrior overcome by wine. He drove His adversaries backward; He put on them an everlasting reproach. He also rejected the tent of Joseph, and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim, but chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved. And He built His sanctuary like the heights, like the earth which He has founded forever. He also chose David His servant and took him from the sheepfolds; from the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him to shepherd Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance. So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them with his skillful hands.”

a.    Fathers, do we instruct our children throughout the day? Joseph’s confidence in God’s promises led him to instruct his children to take his bones to Canaan. This is the significance of our own instruction. That we impress God’s sovereignty and providence on our children throughout their lives “that they should put their confidence in God.” Where is your gratefulness to God for His work in your life?

 

I. And lastly, Exodus continues the understanding of Abraham’s management of his family, which established the basis of economy. Noah Webster defines economy as “primarily, the management, regulation and government of a family or the concerns of a household.”

 

J. As stated earlier, Egypt represents the world of sin. Pharaoh represents the obstinate archenemy of God, namely Satan, the cruel taskmaster. The hardship of slavery represents man’s slavery to sin and the great hardship it imposes on humanity. The Hebrews groaning under the weight of sin confirms our creation in God’s image and displays the great burden of guilt our conscience feels before a Holy Creator and the anguish consequent to the realization of man’s lost condition before redemption.

 

The burning bush points to God as a consuming fire that should be worshiped with reverence and awe. Moses, the deliverer, represents the Great Deliverer, Jesus Christ. The Passover represents God’s passing over our sins by the blood of the Lamb of God. Departure from Egypt signifies our separation from the world. The Red Sea represents the washing away of our sins by God’s red blood and subsequent resurrection through His death. The wilderness experience displays the trials and tribulations the Pilgrim makes as he progresses towards the eternal Celestial City.

 

God’s provision throughout the desert experience assures us of God’s provision for us, through His Word, which the manna represented. The Law reveals God’s Holy character, displays our indebtedness to Him for His mercy on our sinful natures, and discloses our obligation for His mercy. The tabernacle displays Christ’s glory. Throughout, we will learn how to worship God and learn of His instruction for living righteously—a holy life, a life we cannot possibly obtain without regeneration where God writes His laws upon our hearts, for He is the end of the Law. Although our taskmaster is in hot pursuit, our flight to Christ for refuge in His forgiveness is in essence our embracing the Covenant of Grace.

 

1.     Ephesians 2:1-9 “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

2.     Titus 3:3-7 “For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

3.     Hebrews 4:12-16 “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hiding from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

 

K. God’s first son, Israel, could not accomplish the perfection or holiness that was required for entrance into God’s Holy presence, thus God sent His Son to accomplish that which no man could—fulfillment of the Law. Christ fulfilled the requirements of God’s covenant. Thus His atonement for our sins made it possible for us to be transformed into the likeness of Christ, a radiance which is not of this world, but which we catch a glimpse of in His transfiguration. He is the first fruit of this new creation. Christ is the Word; He is God in the flesh. And since Christ is the fulfillment of the law, He writes the laws upon our hearts so that we can bring His law to rule in all areas of life and thus emanate His glory through taking dominion for Him throughout creation.

 

1.     Exodus 4:22 “Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Israel is My son, My firstborn.”’”

2.     Psalm 89:27 “I shall make him My firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.”

3.     Romans 8:29 “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.”

4.     Revelation 1:5 “And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood.”

5.     John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

6.     Luke 9:28-31 “Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went upon the mountain to pray. And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming. And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.”

7.     Colossians 1:15-21 “And He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”

8.     1 Corinthian 15:20 “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.”

a.     Since Christ is the first fruit, through His Spirit we will also bear fruit.

 

L. While Genesis focuses on the history of one family, Exodus is the history of a nation from that family. Now you know why we get so excited when we talk about raising up a nation through each of your families. Isn’t that exciting! I am so excited about the lessons we will learn from Exodus, for we will see not only God’s mercy and redemption for a nation, but also for us as well.

 

II. Exodus 1:1-7 “Now these are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob; they came each one with his household: Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; Issachar; Zebulun and Benjamin; Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. All the persons who came from the loins of Jacob were seventy in number; but Joseph was already in Egypt. Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them.”

 

A. It is of great significance that the names of Jacob’s sons—God’s chosen leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel should once again be repeated here, and in other places throughout scripture, for it shows God’s personal love and mercy towards His Church. God created the nations and appointed their times and their boundaries on the face of the earth; He did so according to the number of the sons of Israel.

 

1.     Acts 7:8 “And He gave him the covenant of circumcision; and so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.”

2.     Acts 17:26,27 “And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God…”

3.     Deuteronomy 32:8 “When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel.”

 

B. From the beginning, God commanded man to be fruitful and multiply, yet when He gave Abraham the promise of a vast number of descendants, as many as the stars of the heavens and as the sand on the seashore, Abraham was yet without children. And even though he eventually had two sons, God only used one of those two children for fulfilling that promise. Therefore, this unprecedented increase of posterity certainly testifies to God’s miraculous Providence in the lives of His chosen instruments. In fact, if we consider the number of Israelites at the time of their departure from Egypt, we are able to fully realize the miraculous outpouring of God’s grace upon His people. For half of the 430 years before the fulfillment of the covenant of grace had already passed prior to Jacob’s entrance into Egypt with his 70 children. Now of course this does not take into consideration the wives or the servants in his household. Surely, the families of Abraham’s slaves must have been passed on to each successive generation, so there are numbers involved which we have no way of knowing. However, regardless of this unknown component, from these small beginnings of just 70 to 600,000 men, there were somewhere around 2 million of Jacob’s household that departed from Egypt. If we divide this number by 10 tribes it would necessitate an increase of 200,000 offspring for each of Jacob’s sons. What an extraordinary miracle! Yet when we just consider the Duggar family of 19 children, if each child had as many offspring, the Duggar’s first generation would be an astounding 361 grandchildren. If that rate of increase continued, the third generation would be 6859. By the fourth generation, from just 19 children would come 130,321 descendants. Therefore, let us never discount that which goes contrary to our feeble reasoning, but fully rest upon God’s mighty power, giving thanks that it was God who peopled the earth for His glory. Israel began a small body of children, yet God increased it mightily, which points to the fact that we ought to give God the glory and not man. Let us apply this to our own lives. Consider the miraculous manner in which God is blessing our homeschooling families, by calling most of us out from among our unregenerate families and blessing us with a mighty increase of offspring to fill the land with His children. While men project the ruin of the church, God, from the beginning, prepared for its salvation.

 

1.     Genesis 1:28 “And God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’”

2.     Genesis 22:17 “Indeed I will greatly bless you and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.”

a.     What God did for Abraham, He will do for us.

3.     Genesis 46:26,27 “All the persons belonging to Jacob, who came to Egypt, his direct descendants, not including the wives of Jacob’s sons, were sixty-six persons in all, and the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt were two; all the persons of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, were seventy.”

4.     Job 8:7 “Though your beginning was insignificant, yet your end will increase greatly.”

5.     Exodus 1:7 “But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them.”

6.     6. Deuteronomy 10:22 “Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.”

a.     The confirmation of the truth of God’s Word!

7.     Exodus 12:37 “Now the sons of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from children.”

8.     Psalm 107:38 “Also He blesses them and they multiply greatly…”

a.     Amen! God is faithful! What do you desire out of life! Our desire is that our children are godly children, that they will go forward, and that when the worms are eating up our bodies, that our children’s children and our children’s children’s children will be marching forward despite the trials and tribulation that they face. What is your desire for your children? Where are you going?

9.     Isaiah 51:1,2 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain; when he was but one I called him, then I blessed him and multiplied him.”

10.  Isaiah 29:22,23 “Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: ‘Jacob shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face now turn pale; but when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst, they will sanctify My name; indeed, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.’”

 

B. It is a comfort to know that God’s Word is true and what He promises He will fulfill. In Scripture, the promise of God is the declaration or assurance, which God has given in His word of bestowing blessings on His people. Such assurance resting on the perfect justice, power, benevolence and immutable veracity of God, cannot fail of performance. Noah Webster

 

C. Have you ever wondered how many promises God has made? I have heard that God has made over 40,000 promises in His Word. Only a mighty, powerful God could keep that many promises. Listed below are just ten of these promises, yet how reassuring even these few are to us. God’s Word is filled with hope and promises for His children.

 

1.     Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

2.     Psalm 89:34 “My covenant I will not violate, nor will I alter the utterance of My lips.”

3.     Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

4.     Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

5.     1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

6.     Romans 8:38,39 “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

a.     Does God chastise us? Yes, but as His children we can never be separated from Him. What a comfort that is!

7.     Joshua 1:9 “…the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

8.     Philippians 1:6 “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

9.     Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

10.  Psalm 125:1 “Those who trust in the LORD are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.”

 

III. Exodus 1:8-14 “Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, ‘Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we. Come let us deal wisely with them, or else they will multiply and in the event of war; they will also join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us and depart from the land.’ So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor. And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel. The Egyptians compelled the sons of Israel to labor rigorously; and they made their lives bitter with hard labor in mortar and bricks and at all kinds of labor in the field, all their labors which they rigorously imposed on them.”

 

A. Before we look at this present turn of circumstances, we must, for a moment, reflect on the peculiarity of the liberty and prosperity that the Israelites enjoyed in Egypt. First of all, that the Egyptians even allowed these foreigners to live in their land is a wonder because the Egyptians looked upon foreigners with deep suspicion. Secondly, that they gave the Israelites their choicest land, the land of Goshen, was astonishing, for it not only controlled the northeastern frontier but also was considered the gateway to Egypt. Furthermore, it was believed that whoever controlled Goshen possessed a stranglehold on Egyptian security. http://www.angelfire.com/nt/theology/06egypt.html

 

As if this were not enough, let us consider the fact that the Israelites would not have worshipped Egypt’s gods, at least initially, and on top of that, would have sacrificed the Egyptians’ sacred bulls. Finally, knowing that the Egyptians despised shepherds, yet allowed these shepherds to live in peace on their land for over one hundred years makes this particular favor even more astounding.

 

B. To the casual observer, this preposterous favor might be attributed to an incompetent Pharaoh, or to one who had gone mad, but those who understand God’s sovereignty over all events know that the Pharaoh’s actions were in accordance with God’s plan so that His covenant with Abraham might be fulfilled. Indeed, it was God who turned the heart of Pharaoh in favor of the Israelites that Abraham’s descendants would become very numerous according to His purpose.

 

1.     Genesis 15:5 “And he took him outside and said, ‘Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ And He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’”

2.     Genesis 22:17 “Indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.”

3.     Genesis 26:24 “The LORD appeared to him the same night and said, ‘I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you, and multiply your descendants, for the sake of My servant Abraham.’”

4.     Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.”

5.     Genesis 46:34 “…every shepherd is loathsome to the Egyptians.”

6.     Genesis 47:6 [Pharaoh said,] “The land of Egypt is at your disposal; settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land, let them live in the land of Goshen; and if you know any capable men among them, then put them in charge of my livestock.”

7.     Genesis 47:27 “Now Israel lived in the land of Egypt, in Goshen, and they acquired property in it and were fruitful and became very numerous.”

8.     Hebrews 11:12 “Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.”

 

C. If we look at occurrences as a succession of rolls of the dice, so to speak, with no superintending providence, or worse still, if we relegate God’s rightful Sovereignty to His archenemy Satan, we will see God’s prophecy to Abraham as something that God saw would happen in the future, rather than something He ordained to happen from the beginning. More importantly, we will miss how the Exodus of the Israelites directly relates to us personally in our own salvation. If on the other hand, we carefully examine scripture, we will know that just as God had multiplied the Israelites, His purpose continued in placing a new king over Egypt who would enslave and oppress Abraham’s descendants as planned. And we will also begin to understand how God delivers us from our own bondage to sin.

 

1.     Genesis 15:13 “God said to Abram, ‘Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years.’”

2.     Acts 15:18 “Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.”

3.     Isaiah 14:24 “The LORD of hosts has sworn, ‘As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.’”

4.     Isaiah 45:21 “Declare and set forth your case; indeed, let them consult together. Who has announced this from of old? Who has long since declared it? Is it not I, the LORD? And there is no other god besides Me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none except Me.”

5.     Isaiah 46:10,11 “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’; calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of My purpose from a far country. Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.”

6.     Daniel 2:21 “It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding.”

7.     Daniel 4:34,35 “For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’”

8.     Psalm 33:11 “The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation.”

 

D. Although Pharaoh schemed to ruin the church, God had already prepared for its salvation. Isn’t that a marvelous comfort! In spite of wicked rulers and the terror that they wage against us, though things may look hopeless, our hope should remain steadfast in our understanding that the gates of hell shall not prevail against Christ’s Church.

 

As Samuel Rutherford states, Duties are ours; events are God’s. When our faith goes to meddle with events, and to hold account upon God’s Providence, and beginneth to say, ‘How wilt Thou do this or that?’ we lose ground; we have nothing to do there; it is our part to let the Almighty exercise His own office, and steer His own helm; there is nothing left for us, but to see how we may be approved by Him, and how we roll the weight of our weak souls upon Him who is God omnipotent.

 

Our duty lies in faithfully advancing God’s kingdom one day at a time and leaving the victory to God.

 

Robert E. Lee said, The truth is this: The march of Providence is so slow and our desires so impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.

 

1.     Matthew 16:18 “…upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

2.     Daniel 2:44 “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.”

3.     Matthew 3:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

4.     Luke 1:32,33 “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His Father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”

5.      Hebrews 12:28 “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe.”

 

E. Matthew Henry writes of the following Psalm 37:34-40: “Duty is ours, and we must mind it; but events are God’s, we must refer the disposal of them to Him. What a striking picture is in verses 35,36, of many a prosperous enemy of God! But God remarkably blights the projects of the prosperous wicked, especially persecutors. None are perfect in themselves, but believers are so in Christ Jesus. The salvation of the righteous will be the Lord’s doing. He will help them to perform their duties, to bear their burdens; help them to bear their troubles well, and get good by them, and, in time, will deliver them out of their troubles. Let sinners then depart from evil, and do good; repent of and forsake sin, and trust in the mercy of God through Jesus Christ. Let them take his yoke upon them, and learn of him, that they may dwell for evermore in heaven. Let us mark the closing scenes of different characters, and always depend on God’s mercy.”

 

1.     Psalm 37:34-40 “Wait for the LORD and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it. I have seen a wicked, violent man spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its native soil. Then he passed away, and lo, he was no more; I sought for him, but he could not be found. Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright; for the man of peace will have posterity. But transgressors will be altogether destroyed; the posterity of the wicked will be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him.”

 

 

F. From a practical standpoint, history discloses the nature of man’s heart when, during times of ease and prosperity, he forgets God, turns to self-confidence, and then looks to the world.

 

God had greatly blessed the Israelites in this foreign land, increasing their numbers exponentially, but instead of living in gratitude by staying true to the God of their fathers, they trusted in themselves and then began absorbing the paganism that surrounded them, making persecution and oppression necessary for purging the world out of them. God raised up a new Pharaoh to chastise His people that they should remember that all blessings come from Him. God often uses trials and tribulations to wean our hearts from the futility of our efforts and the vanity of this world.

 

History exposes a cyclical pattern where the first generation turns to God; the second strays from God; the third completely turns from God and is persecuted by Him, until the fourth generation turns back to God.

 

1.     Genesis 15:13,14 “God said to Abram, Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions.”

a.     God tells Abraham that his descendants would be “enslaved and oppressed four hundred years” but they did not serve in bondage 400 years, it was that they were enslaved to the world for 400 years. God’s prophecy actually began at the initiation of the covenant with Abraham until God’s deliverance of His people out of their bondage to Satan.

2.     Joshua 24:14 “Now, therefore fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the river and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.”

a.     The world is diabolically opposed to God and His economy, deeming persecution necessary to uproot the worldliness in His people.

3.     Ezekiel 20:8 “But they rebelled against Me and were not willing to listen to Me; they did not cast away the detestable things of their eyes, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt.”

a.     Only God’s Almighty Hand could deliver them from Satan.

4.     Deuteronomy 10:12,13 “Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD’s commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?”

a.     God is setting down the law for their good—the basis for the economy of the family—that each man commands his own household to serve the Lord. This is the basis for law and order in the church and state.

5.     Psalm 94:12-15 “Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O LORD, and whom You teach out of Your law; that You may grant him relief from the days of adversity, until a pit is dug for the wicked. For the LORD will not abandon His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance. For judgment will again be righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.”

6.     Deuteronomy 26:1-9 “Then it shall be, when you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it and live in it, that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground which you bring in from your land that the LORD your God gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish His name. You shall go in the priest who is in office at the time and say to him, ‘I declare this day to the LORD my God that I have entered the land which the LORD swore to our fathers to give us.’ Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down before the altar of the LORD your God. You shall answer and say before the LORD your God, ‘My father was a wandering kinsmen and he went down to Egypt and sojourned there, few in number; but there he became a great, mighty and populous nation. And the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, and imposed hard labor on us. Then we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction and our toil and our oppression; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror and with signs and wonders; and He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.’”

a.     God continually warns His people to remember that He is the one who delivers, protects, and prospers. It is His strength and power that makes our wealth.

7.     Deuteronomy 6:10-15 “Then it shall come about when the LORD your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you great and splendid cities which you did not build, and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are satisfied, then watch yourself, that you do not forget the LORD who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall fear only the LORD your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name. You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you, for the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; otherwise the anger of the LORD your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth.”

8.     Deuteronomy 8:11-20 “Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today; otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint. In the wilderness He fed you manna, which your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end. Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. It shall come about if you ever forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish. Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the LORD your God.”

9.     2 Peter 1:2-11 “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or shortsighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.”

 

G. Ultimately this was a war of the worlds, a life and death struggle over dominion to establish which system of government would be victorious: the Almighty God of heaven and earth or the State through its massive centralization of power.

 

Who was this new Pharaoh? Old Testament scholars are divided, but Donovan Courville’s reconstruction of Egyptian chronology points to Sesostris III. A major transformation of the Egyptian system of rule was imposed by this king. Courville writes: “During the period preceding Sesostris III, Egypt had existed as a feudal system, and historians speak of this period as the ‘feudal age.’ Under this arrangement, the territory of Egypt was divided into numerous local areas called nomes, over each of which was a prince or governor. He was not a servant of the Pharaoh and was permitted to rule undisturbed so long as he contributed his allotted quota to the king’s treasury and perhaps to the army in case of need . . . Under the reign of Sesostris III, this situation was changed. For the most part, these local princes were stripped of their power and stripped of their excessive possessions. For the first time in a hundred years or more, Egypt was now under the immediate and direct dictatorship of the pharaoh . . .” (Courville, The Exodus Problem and Its Ramifications, [1971], vol. I, pp. 147-48)

 

This centralization of political power was accompanied by an extensive building program. Courville argues that this program had to have been accomplished by means of slave labor. Furthermore, “Unlike the structures of the huge building program in the Pyramid Age, and again unlike that which occurred later in the XVIII Dynasty, this building was of brick and not of stone” (Courville, I, p. 148). This corresponds with the account in the Book of Exodus; the Hebrews used bricks to fulfill their assignments (Ex. 1:14).

 

Another important historical correlation is this: the building programs of Sesostris III and his successor, Amenemhet III, were in the eastern Delta region, which included the land of Goshen, where the Hebrews lived. The cities of Pi-Raamses and Pi-Thom have been discovered in this region, but modern scholars have attributed the bulk of these ruins to Rameses II, a king of a much later date. Courville argues also that the list of the Ramessides kings in the Sothis list correlates to the earlier line of kings, which would explain why the land of Goshen was described as “the best in the land, in the land of Rameses” (Gen. 47:1).

 

Continuity and Discontinuity: Egypt’s Theology

 

The religion of ancient Egypt, like all religious systems of the ancient Near East, viewed history as a struggle between chaos and order. Our world had its origin in the primordial waters of the underworld, the Egyptians believed.

 

Atum, the original god, created two other gods (male and female), which in turn created two more, and these two created Osiris (male sun god) and Isis, who gave birth to Horus, the falcon god of the sky. John A. Wilson concludes that chaos was not overcome by Re-Atum, the creator god, since the god of the underworld and the god of darkness continued to live, “but they continued in their proper place and not in universal and formless disorder,” (Wilson, “Egypt,” in Henri Frankfort, [ed], Before Philosophy: The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man, [1946] 1964, p. 54.)

 

The Egyptians lacked a specific mythological account of the creation of man. However, as Wilson makes clear, basic to Egyptian mythology was the concept of continuity. “To be sure,” writes Wilson, “a man seems to be one thing, and the sky or a tree seems to be another. But to the ancient Egyptian such concepts had a protean and complementary nature. The sky might be thought of as a material vault above earth, or as a cow, or as a female. A tree might be a tree or a female who was the tree goddess. Truth might be treated as an abstract concept, or as a goddess, or as a divine hero who once lived on earth. A god might be depicted as a man, or as a falcon, or as a falcon-headed man . . . There was thus a continuing substance across the phenomena of the universe, whether organic, inorganic, or abstract.” There was no absolute distinction between creator and creature; instead, there was a continuity of being.

 

The doctrine of continuity has a tendency to become the doctrine of the divinization of man. Furthermore, the divinization of man has an equally distinct tendency to become a doctrine of the divine State, or the divine Church, or the divine Church-State. The State, as the most concentrated power in human affairs, becomes the mediating institution between the gods and evolving mankind. We can see this in the history of Egyptian kingship. Wilson’s summary is to the point: “The king of Egypt was himself one of the gods and was the land’s representative among the gods. Furthermore, he was the one official intermediary between the people and the gods, the one recognized priest of all the gods. Endowed with divinity, the pharaoh had the protean character of divinity; he could merge with his fellow gods and could become any one of them. In part this was symbolic, the acting of a part in religious drama or the simile of praise. But the Egyptian did not distinguish between symbolism and participation; if he said that the king was Horus, he did not mean that the king was playing the part of Horus, he meant that the king was Horus, that the god was effectively present in the king’s body during the particular activity in question.” The Pharaoh deputized priests to perform religious duties, just as he deputized bureaucratic functionaries to perform administrative duties, but State theory maintained that these deputies acted for him as the supreme incarnation of the gods. Egyptian theology was polytheistic, but it was also monophysite: “. . . many men and many gods, but all ultimately of one nature.”

 

To understand the enormous significance of the Hebrews’ stay in Egypt, we have to understand the central position of the Pharaoh. Joseph’s ability to interpret the king’s dream, and then to administer the collection and distribution of grain, elevated the Pharaoh’s position, reinforcing the traditional Egyptian State theology. Then, two centuries later, Moses smashed the very foundations of Egypt by smashing men’s faith in their king’s position as a divine figure. Again, citing Wilson: “The gods had sent him forth to tend mankind, but he was not of mankind. This is perhaps the most defining picture of the good Egyptian ruler, that he was the herdsman for his people . . . The herdsman is primarily the pastor, the ‘feeder’, and a first responsibility of the state was to see that the people were fed. Thus the king of Egypt was the god who brought fertility to Egypt, produced the life-giving waters, and presented the gods with the sheaf of grain which symbolized abundant food. Indeed, an essential function of his kingship was that of a medicine man, whose magic insured good crops. In one of the ceremonials of kingship, the pharaoh encircled a field four times as a rite of conferring fertility upon the land.” God blesses Sesostris I through Joseph. The arrogance of power led Sesostris III, his great-great-grandson, to enslave the heirs of Joseph. (Courville, I, p. 218.) Within a century, Egypt was in ruins, under the domination of foreign invaders, the Hyksos (Amalekites). We can better appreciate God’s words to the (probable) Pharaoh of the exodus, Koncharis: “For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shall be cut off from the earth. And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth” (Ex. 9:15-16).

 

Slavery

 

The Pharaoh of the enslavement followed a pattern, which had become familiar in the lives of the Hebrews. Like Laban in his dealings with Jacob, and Potiphar in his dealings with Joseph, the Pharaoh recognized the economic value of the Hebrews. At the same time, he resented certain concomitant aspects of Hebrew productivity, in this case, their fecundity. Yet he was unwilling to take the obvious defensive step, namely, to remove them from the land. He wanted to expropriate their productivity, to compel their service. It was not enough that they were in Egypt, bringing the land under dominion, filling the nation with productive workers. Their productivity was a threat to the Egyptian theocratic State. These foreigners did not serve Egyptian gods, nor did they acknowledge the divinity of the Pharaoh, the link between the gods and mankind. They were foreigners in Egypt, and they threatened to fill up the land, making the Egyptians a minority population in their own nation. How, then, could the Egyptian State appropriate their obvious productivity without surrendering sovereignty to a foreign people and a foreign God? The answer, so familiar in the history of the ancient world, was slavery.

 

The Egyptians hoped to gain the economic benefits of a godly people’s productivity on terms that were hostile to long-term productivity. They hoped to enslave the Hebrews, making it impossible for them to revolt, or to replace Egyptian sovereignty, or to flee. Yet they also expected these slaves to remain as productive as before. They wanted the fruits of godly behavior and God’s visible blessings without having to humble themselves before that God and his laws. They believed that by capturing God’s people, they could enslave God Himself. They would trap the God of the Hebrews, as someone might ensnare a wild stallion, by capturing its “harem.” They would use the Hebrews as living amulets or talismans—magical devices that could be manipulated in order to call forth powers of the gods.

 

The Pharaoh of Joseph’s day acknowledged Joseph’s access to accurate secret knowledge, and he honored him and his family, transferring the sovereignty of the State to Joseph. He placed his own ring on Joseph’s hand, arrayed him in fine linen and gold, and placed him in the second chariot after his own (Gen. 41:42-43). The Pharaoh of the oppression wanted Jacob’s heirs to produce on Egypt’s terms, without the transfer of any of the king’s sovereignty, but he expected to be able to control and even reduce that fertility, while appropriating the fruits of their labor. He was wrong; their fertility continued, and he was forced to attempt the murder of all the male infants in order to stop this Hebrew population explosion (Ex. 1:15-19). He, like the Pharaoh of the exodus, found that he could not control God through His people. Laban had discovered the same thing in his dealings with Jacob. God’s plan was sovereign over Egyptian history, not the planning of the Pharaohs. The Pharaoh of Joseph’s day had recognized this, and Egypt had prospered because he was wise enough to transfer the symbols and prerogatives of State sovereignty to Joseph. His successors sought to reassert their self-proclaimed divine sovereignty over the Hebrews, and the Pharaoh of the exodus saw Egypt’s wealth and military power swallowed up.

 

The Bureaucratic Megamachine

 

It was not just the Hebrews who were enslaved. Sesostris III recentralized the Egyptian social and political order. He began to construct treasure cities, indicating that he had begun to use tax revenues in order to strengthen the visible sovereignty of the central government. Centuries earlier, Pharaohs had used State revenues to construct the giant pyramids—monuments to a theology of death and resurrection for the Pharaoh (and later, of the nobility)—but the Pharaoh of the oppression settled for displays of his immediate sovereignty. In Joseph’s day, the Pharaohs did not build pyramids. Although Joseph had bought all the land of Egypt, excepting only the land belonging to the priests (Gen. 47:20-22), in the name of Sesostris I, the visible and institutional manifestation of that implicit centralization (public works pyramids) did not take place for over a century. When Sesostris III abolished the prerogatives of the regional princes, simultaneously placing the Hebrews in bondage, he asserted the sovereignty of theocratic monophysitism, with the Pharaoh as the link between heaven and earth. He formally reversed the special position of the Hebrews, which Sesostris I had acknowledged in return for special knowledge of the future—a special revelation which Joseph stated came from God (Gen. 41:16), thereby placing the Pharaoh under God’s control. “What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh” (Gen. 41:28), Joseph announced, making it plain concerning the source of history and agricultural productivity. Sesostris III attempted to deny any sovereignty other than his own, and in a massive centralization of political power, he cancelled the special position of both the Hebrews and the regional princes. (Courville, I, p. 146.)

 

The Pyramid Age had demonstrated the degree to which a political order could be bureaucratized. Max Weber, the influential German historian-sociologist, devoted the last fifteen years of his life to a series of studies on the West’s tendency to rationalize and bureaucratize itself. In 1909, he wrote: “To this day there has never existed a bureaucracy which could compare with that of Egypt.” Lewis Mumford, who has specialized in the history of architecture, concluded that “nothing short of total bureaucratization would have enabled Egypt to construct its pyramids.” More than this: it required the creation of a social machine. Egypt became the first megamachine, to use Mumford’s terminology. Egyptian society had to be molded along the lines of a pyramid—a hierarchy, with the divine Pharaoh as the capstone.

 

The divinity of the king had to serve as the universal faith, given the magnitude of the undertaking. “This extension of magnitude in every direction, this raising of the ceiling of human effort, this subordination of individual aptitudes and interests to the mechanical job at hand, and this unification of a multitude of subordinates to a single end that derived from the divine power exercised by the king, in turn, by the success of the result, confirmed that power. For note: it was the king who uttered the original commands: it was the king who demanded absolute obedience and punished disobedience with torture, mutilation, or death: it was the king who alone had the god-like power of turning live men into dead mechanical objects: and finally it was the king who assembled the parts to form the machine and imposed a new discipline of mechanical organization, with the same regularity that moved the heavenly bodies on their undeviating course. No vegetation god, no fertility myth, could produce this kind of cold abstract order, this detachment of power from life. Only one empowered by the Sun God could remove all the hitherto respected norms or limits of human endeavor.” (Lewis Mumford, “The First Megamachine” in Interpretations and Forecasts, 1922-1972, [1972], p. 263.)

 

The construction of the pyramids required a reliable organization of knowledge, both supernatural (priesthood) and technological (bureaucracy). The great Cheops (Khufu) pyramid contains at least 2,300,000 stone blocks, each weighing two and a half tons, on the average. These stone blocks, if cut into cubes one foot on each side, would circle two-thirds of the earth’s surface at the equator. Such a construction task could not have been carried out without a bureaucratic transmission belt. It would not have been possible to build the pyramids apart from a significant depersonalization of the men who made up this massive human machine.

 

Mumford has summarized the nature of this bureaucratic machine: “The removal of human dimensions and organic limits is indeed the chief boast of the authoritarian machine. Part of its productivity is due to the use of unstinted physical coercion to overcome human laziness or bodily fatigue. Occupational specialization was a necessary step in the assemblage of the human machine: only by intense specialization at every part of the process could the superhuman accuracy and perfection of the product have been achieved . . . These human machines were by nature impersonal, if not deliberately dehumanized; they had to operate on a big scale or they could not work at all; for no bureaucracy, however well organized, could govern a thousand little workshops, each with its own traditions, its own craft skills, its own willful personal pride and sense of responsibility. So the form of control imposed by kingship was confined to great collective enterprises.”

 

What kind of society emerges from an economic and political system, which is determined to construct pyramids to glorify the eldest sons of a kingly line, and to glorify each one’s transition from the god Horus to the god Osiris (at death)? Such a bureaucratic society infringes upon the ability and responsibility of individuals to extend dominion across the earth. Such a concentration of capital in a single bureaucratic enterprise absorbs the resources that could otherwise be used to finance smaller, decentralized businesses. It also concentrates so much responsibility into the hands of a single monarch or bureaucratic regime that an error on the part of the hierarchy can threaten the survival of the entire social order. This is the kind of centralization, though on a less intense level, which brought down Egypt at the time of the exodus. Egypt lived or died in terms of one man’s decisions.

 

Another important danger of bureaucracy is its lack of creativity. “Now the important part about the functioning of a classic bureaucracy,” Mumford writes, “is that it originates nothing: its function is to transmit, without alteration or deviation, the orders that come from above. No merely local information or human considerations may alter this inflexible transmission process except by corruption. This administrative method ideally requires a studious repression of all the autonomous functions of the personality, and a readiness to perform the daily task with ritual exactitude.” This kind of bureaucracy leads to a static social order until it snaps from external pressures, or disintegrates from its own weight and inability to generate productive resources. Both events took place in Egypt: disintegration into feudalism, and then a revival of centralization, which was followed by national defeat immediately after the exodus. Yet Egypt could not throw off the static rule of the Pharaohs, for the Egyptians remained faithful to their monophysite theology. The only major change, late in Egyptian history, long after the exodus, was an extension of the process of divinization to the common man, so that he, too, might become Osiris after his death, as the Pharaohs had before him. Egyptian culture was remarkably stable; it was the longest-lived of all the ancient kingdoms, but E. O. James is correct when he refers to its characteristic feature as the cult of the dead, one, which assumed “gigantic proportions.” The pyramids are the most visible, most impressive, and most representative monuments to Egyptian religion and society.

 

What kind of society was it? Mumford’s words ring true: “Bureaucratic regimentation was in fact part of the larger regimentation of life, introduced by this power-centered culture. Nothing emerges more clearly from the Pyramid texts themselves, with their wearisome repetitions of formulae, than a colossal capacity for enduring monotony: a capacity that anticipates the universal boredom achieved in our own day. Even the poetry of both early Egypt and Babylonia reveal this iterative hypnosis: the same words, in the same order, with no gain in meaning, repeated a dozen times--or a hundred times. This verbal compulsiveness is the psychical side of the systematic compulsion that brought the labor machine into existence. Only those who were sufficiently docile to endure this regimen at every stage from command to execution could become an effective unit in the human machine.” Here was a culture devoid of any concept of progress, a culture, which ignored its own history, except insofar as it built monuments to the dead. It did not even have an accurate chronology of its own kings, as Courville’s study demonstrates, a problem, which Western historians have wrestled with for two thousand years. The Greeks paid more attention to Egypt’s dynastic chronology than the later Egyptians did. Egypt was a society without a future, so it was not particularly concerned about its past. As Wilson writes, “For the Jews the future is normative. For the Egyptians, on the other hand, the past was normative; and no pharaoh could hope to achieve more than the establishment of the conditions ‘as they were in the time of Re, in the beginning.’ The State would, at best, be able to preserve the status quo. Static peace, not any fundamental alteration, was the ideal, despite the fact that certain kings--Sesostris III, Thutmose III--were able to expand the dynasty’s reach into Asia Minor.”

 

The Egyptians believed, as did all the ancient religions except orthodox Hebrews, that the creation originated in chaos. Order developed from chaos and is in perpetual tension with chaos. Mircea Eliade’s voluminous studies have surveyed this theme in dozens of pagan cosmologies, and Egypt was no exception. Rushdoony has summarized this theme in ancient religion: “True social order requires peace and communication with both chaos and deity, and society either moves downward into chaos or forward into deification. The significance of the Tower of Babel is thus apparent: it denied the discontinuity of God’s being and asserted man’s claim ‘to a continuity of being with God and heaven. The Tower was the gate to God and gate of God, signifying that man’s social order made possible an ascent of being into the divine order. The Egyptian pyramid set forth the same faith.’” (Rushdoony, The One and the Many [1971], p. 40.) Egyptian culture was inescapably statist. “The one and the many were brought together in the person of the king. The Egyptian language had no word for ‘state.’ For them, the state was not one institution among many but rather the essence of the divine order for life and the means of communication between heaven, earth, and hell. Life therefore was totally and inescapably statist. In this perspective, anything resembling liberty and individuality in the contemporary sense was alien and impossible . . . Deification was entry into the oneness of the divine order, and membership in the state in this life was similarly participation in the divine oneness manifested in the Pharaoh and protection against the horror of chaos and meaningless particularity.” (Rushdoony, ibid., pp. 44-45.) The product of such a theology was imperial bureaucracy.

 

The Pharaoh of Moses’ day looked at the remarkable growth of the Hebrew population, even in the face of affliction, and he grew fearful. What if these people allied themselves to an invading army? How was it that they could multiply like this? What would stop their growth? This population growth, promised to Abraham four centuries before (Gen. 17:2), was a threat to all the plans of the Pharaoh--an uncontrolled factor in a human megamachine. Growth, in a static culture, represented an anomaly, something beyond the calculations of the planning agencies. Uncontrolled growth--growth outside the bureaucratic plan--was a destabilizing factor. It had to be thwarted. Yet the Pharaoh was powerless to put a stop to it.

 

Conclusion

 

Imperial bureaucracy is one of the manifestations of the society of Satan. It is a top-down system of central planning that imagines that the planners are near-gods, that they have sufficient imagination and a God-like comprehensive knowledge to set forth their decrees, and their words shall come to pass. Imperial bureaucracy is produced whenever men believe, in short, that at least some men--the central planning elite--are essentially divine, or what is the same thing, that they have no god above them to whom their subjects (slaves) can successfully appeal.

 

The Egyptian State created a bureaucracy so vast, so all-encompassing, that nothing in man’s history rivaled it until the rise of the modern industrialized socialist commonwealths. The State enshrined the cult of the dead in a desperate attempt to achieve life beyond the grave. Life was seen as static, something which possesses unchanging continuity with life after death, at least for the Pharaoh. This static culture was statist to the core.

 

When the exodus came, it did not simply free an enslaved population from physical bondage. It freed them from a static, hopeless society that was doomed, even if economically successful, to endless boredom--a kind of living death. The “living” death of the Pharaoh’s mummy was mirrored in the living death of the society. Israel was freed from a society, which was based on the theology of the divine State. No king in Israel ever claimed to be divine, for only God has that right of absolute sovereignty. The people of Israel, even under the worst of kings, were never to live within the imperial bureaucracy of a centralized divine order. The freedom God provided for them was thorough, and the heart of it was religious: the denial of total sovereignty any place on earth except God’s “holy of holies” in His temple, not in some dead man’s pyramid. After the exodus, there would be no more pyramid-building, even in Egypt, where the “uncreative” Hyksos rulers (Amalekites) constructed a feudal, decentralized kingdom. The megamachine was broken. For that, even the Egyptians should have been grateful.

 

** A chapter from the forthcoming book, The Dominion Covenant: Exodus, by Gary North, released in early 1984. Biblical Economics Today Vol. 6, No. 6 (October/November 1983)

 

H. Exodus clearly reveals the utter preposterousness of man’s attempt to thwart God’s purpose, for the earth is the Lord’s and all it contains. At times it may look as if Satan has the upper hand, but even then, God is working out His purpose. For God is victorious in all things, at all times. Man does not break God’s law; God’s law breaks rebellious man.

 

1.     Psalm 104:5 “He established the earth on its foundation…”

2.     Exodus 9:29 “Moses said to him, ‘As soon as I go out of the city, I will spread out my hands to the LORD; the thunder will cease and there will be hail no longer, that you may know that the earth is the LORD’s.’”

3.     Exodus 19:5 “Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the people, for all the earth is Mine.”

4.     Job 5:8-16 “But as for me, I would seek God, and I would place my cause before God; who does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number. He gives rain on the earth and sends water on the fields; so that He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety. He frustrates the plotting of the shrewd, so that their hands cannot attain success. He captures the wise by their own shrewdness, and the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted. By day they meet with darkness, and grope at noon as in the night. But He saves from the sword of their mouth, and the poor from the hand of the mighty. So the helpless has hope, and unrighteousness must shut its mouth.”

5.     Isaiah 64:7-10 “There is no one who calls on Your name, who arouses himself to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us and have delivered us into the power of our iniquities. But now, O LORD, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand. Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD, nor remember iniquity forever; behold, look now, all of us are Your people. Your holy cities have become a wilderness, Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. Our holy and beautiful house, where our fathers praised You, has been burned by fire; and all our precious things have become a ruin. Will You restrain Yourself at these things, O LORD? Will You keep silent and afflict us beyond measure?”

6.     Exodus 9:15,16 “For if by now I had put forth My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, you would then have been cut off from the earth. But, indeed, for this reason I have allowed you to remain, in order to show you My power and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth.”

7.     Proverbs 21:30 “There is no wisdom and no understanding and no counsel against the LORD.”

8.     1 Corinthians 1:19 “For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.’”

9.     1 Corinthians 3:19 “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, ‘He is the One who catches the wise in their craftiness;’ and again, ‘The LORD knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless.’”

 

I. Although this Pharaoh was actually a foreigner, it is not as though this new king did not know of Joseph, but rather, due to his arrogant heart, refused to acknowledge this man of God for his wisdom in saving the people of Egypt, and even the world, from starvation. Joseph had actually released the Egyptians from tyrannical taxation by reducing their taxes to just a fifth of their increase. This is similar to present day liberals refusing to acknowledge Ronald Reagan’s similar accomplishments through tax reduction in America and its consequent stimulation of the economy. Joseph’s use of biblical economic principles, such as saving during the years of increase for the years of famine, and the success of his wisdom clearing depicts the efficacy of God’s Word.

 

J. Apart from Joseph, Egypt’s economic policies clearly display the destructive results of man’s reasoning. For in spite of Egypt’s fertility, it remained extremely poor because of is godless government. This indeed is true of all godless nations throughout time. Disobedience to God’s Word brings curses and final destruction.

 

1.     Isaiah 52:4 “For thus says the Lord GOD, ‘My people went down at the first into Egypt to reside there; then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.’”

2.     Genesis 47:24,25 “At the harvest you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four-fifths shall be your own for seed of the field and for your food and for those of your households and as food for your little ones. So they said, ‘You have saved our lives! Let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.’”

3.     Deuteronomy 28:1-68 “Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. The LORD shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way and will flee before you seven ways. The LORD will command the blessing upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God gives you. The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, as He swore to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways. So all the people of the earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will be afraid of you. The LORD will make you abound in prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your beast and in the produce of your ground, in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you. The LORD will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. The LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which charge you today, to observe them carefully, and do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. But it shall come about, if you do not obey the LORD your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock. Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. The LORD will send upon you curses, confusion, and rebuke, in all you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken Me. The LORD will make the pestilence cling to you until He has consumed you from the land where you are entering to possess it. The LORD will smite you with consumption and with fever and with inflammation and with fiery heat and with the sword and with blight and with mildew, and they will pursue you until you perish. The heaven which is over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you, iron. The LORD will make the rain of your land powder and dust; from heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed. The LORD shall cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you will go out one way against them, but you will flee seven ways before them, and you will be an example of terror to all the kingdoms of the earth. Your carcasses will be food to all birds of the sky and to the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away. The LORD will smite you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors and with the scab and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed. The LORD will smite you with madness and blindness and with bewilderment of heart; and you will grope at noon, as the blind man gropes in darkness, and you will not prosper in your ways; but you shall only be oppressed and robbed continually, with none to save you. You shall betroth a wife, but another man will violate her; you shall build a house, but you will not live in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but you will not use its fruit. Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will not eat of it; your donkey shall be torn away from you, and will not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you will have none to save you. Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and yearn for them continually; but there will be nothing you can do. A people whom you do not know shall eat up the produce of your ground and all your labors, and you will never be anything but oppressed and crushed continually. You shall be driven mad by the sight of what you see. The LORD will strike you on the knees and legs with sore boils, from which you cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head. The LORD will bring you and your king, whom you set over you, to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods, wood and stone. You shall become a horror, a proverb, and a taunt among all the people where the LORD drives you. You shall bring out much seed to the field but you will gather in little, for the locust will consume it. You shall plant and cultivate vineyards, but you will neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes, for the worm will devour them. You shall have olive trees throughout your territory but you will not anoint yourself with the oil, for your olives will drop off. You shall have sons and daughters but they will not be yours, for they will go into captivity. The cricket shall possess all your trees and the produce of your ground. The alien who is among you shall rise above you higher and higher, but you will go down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, but you will not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you will be the tail. So all these curses shall come on you and pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you would not obey the LORD your God by keeping His commandments and His statutes, which He commanded you. They shall become a sign and a wonder on you and your descendants forever. Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in the lack of all things; and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you. The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as the eagle swoops down, a nation whose language you shall not understand, a nation of fierce countenance who will have no respect for the old, nor show favor to the young. Moreover, it shall eat the offspring of your herd and the produce of your ground until you are destroyed, who also leaves you no grain, new wine, or oil, nor the increase of your herd or the young of your flock until they have caused you to perish. It shall besiege you in all your towns until your high and fortified walls in which you trusted come down throughout your land, and it shall besiege you in all your towns throughout your land which the LORD your God has given you. Then you shall eat the offspring of your own body, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters whom the LORD your God has given you, during the siege and the distress by which your enemy will oppress you. The man who is refined and very delicate among you shall be hostile toward his brother and toward the wife he cherishes and toward the rest of his children who remain, so that he will not give even one of them any of the flesh of his children which he will eat, since he has nothing else left, during the siege and the distress by which your enemy will oppress you in all your towns. The refined and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground for delicateness and refinement, shall be hostile toward the husband she cherishes and toward her son and daughter, and toward her afterbirth which issues from between her legs and toward her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of anything else, during the siege and the distress by which your enemy will oppress you in your towns. If you are not careful to observe all the words of this law which are written in this book, to fear this honored and awesome name, the LORD your God, then the LORD will bring extraordinary plagues on you and your descendants, even severe and lasting plagues, and miserable and chronic sicknesses. He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt of which you were afraid, and they will cling to you. Also every sickness and every plague which, not written in the book of this law, the LORD will bring on you until you are destroyed. Then you shall be left few in number, whereas you were as numerous as the stars of heaven, because you did not obey the LORD your God. It shall come about that as the LORD delighted over you to prosper you, and multiply you, so the LORD will delight over you to make you perish and destroy you; and you will be torn from the land where you are entering to possess it. Moreover, the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth; and there you shall serve other gods, wood and stone, which you or your fathers have not known. Among those nations you shall find no rest, and there will be no resting place for the sole of your foot; but there the LORD will give you a trembling heart, failing of eyes, and despair of soul. So your life shall hang in doubt before you and you will be in dread night and day, and shall have no assurance of your life. In the morning you shall say, ‘Would that it were evening!’ And at evening you shall say, ‘Would that it were morning!’ because of the dread of your heart which you dread, and for the sight of your eyes which you will see. The LORD will bring you back to Egypt in ships, by the way about which I spoke to you, ‘You will never see it again!’ And there you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but there will be no buyer.”

 

K. America’s Founding Fathers actually quoted from Deuteronomy more than any other book in the Bible because they understood the blessings of obedience to God’s Word and the curses that come from disobedience. Here are some quotes that further indicate this understanding.

 

1.     John Adams We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people... It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

2.     Benjamin Rush The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.

3.     Noah Webster The Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government…and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.

4.     Gouverneur Morris For avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy…the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. Therefore education should teach the precept of religion and the duties of man towards God.

5.     James Wilson Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine…Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.

6.     Noah Webster The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws…All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.

7.     George Washington Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.

8.     Continental Congress 1778 Whereas true religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness…it is hereby earnestly recommended to the several States to take the most effectual measures for the encouragement thereof. http://www.free2pray.info/5founderquotes.html  

 

L. Just as God judged Israel for fathers’ abrogation of their obligation to disciple their sons as God commanded, so too, He is judging our own country for fathers’ apostasy in sending their children to school. Take for instance that in 1940 the leading problems in schools were 1. Talking out of turn; 2. Chewing gum; 3. Making noise; 4. Running in the halls; 5. Cutting in line; 6. Dress-code violations; and 7. Littering. By 1990 the consequences of fathers’ gross sin became evident in their children as the foremost problems in school became 1. Drug abuse; 2. Alcohol abuse; 3. Pregnancy; 4. Suicide; 5. Rape; 6. Robbery; and 7. Assault. http://www.free2pray.info/4impactofcourtdecisions.html  

 

M. The Pharaoh’s denial of the gratitude he owed to Joseph, and ultimately to Joseph’s God, who brought the Egyptian’s empire through famine, reveals the foolish pride and ingratitude of man’s heart. In light of this pernicious sin, let us endeavor to express gratefulness to God’s instruments of mercy to us and our families.

 

1.     Psalm 92:1 “It is good to give thanks to the LORD and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High.”

2.     1 Thessalonians 5:12,13 “But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work…”

3.     1 Timothy 5:17,18 “The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, ‘You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,’ and ‘The laborer is worthy of his wages.’”

4.     1 John 4:20 “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.”

5.     Ephesians 1:15,16 “For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers.”

6.     2 Thessalonians 1:3 “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater.”

7.     Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.”

8.     Revelation 14:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, ‘Write, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!”’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.’”

 

N. On the other hand, we must be mindful of the reality of man’s ingratitude, knowing that leaders most often suffer at the hands of those who received the most from them. Two prime examples are Moses and Jesus. Just as the people praised Moses one day and then desired to stone him days later, the Israelites sang praises to Christ one day and soon thereafter asked that He be crucified. From this, and countless other examples both in the Bible and history, let us impress upon our children the futility of working for the accolades of men, which cease soon after they begin. Our children’s focus must be on God’s glory and serving Him, who gives an eternal reward far greater than the human mind can possibly imagine.

 

O. Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we. Just as Egypt bitterly resented and envied the Hebrew’s proliferation and prosperity, so too, the world has resented and envied God’s merciful dealings with His children through time—the subsequent success and prosperity, which ensue in the way of faithful marriages, quivers full of children, prosperity due to the application of biblical principles—all because they hate God Himself. Fallen men have no right to the inheritance, so they connive to keep God’s children from receiving that which they cannot have and ironically try to gain those blessings by taking that which is not theirs without submitting humbly before the Lord of all. It is so with all people who desire a Savior but not a Lord. In this case, Pharaoh wanted the blessings of the Father through the productive Israelites, without submitting to Him. And thus to save himself, he enslaved God’s children. All despots believe they possess the power to control history. God just laughs and then puts them in their place.

 

1.     John 15:18,19 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own, but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.”

2.     Matthew 27:15-19 “Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the people any one prisoner whom they wanted. At that time they were holding a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. So when the people gathered together, Pilate said to them, ‘Whom do you want me to release for you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?’ For he knew that because of envy they had handed Him over. While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him a message, saying, ‘Have nothing to do with that righteous Man; for last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of Him.’ But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to put Jesus to death. But the governor said to them, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’ And they said, ‘Barabbas.’ Pilate said to them, ‘Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?’ They all said, ‘Crucify Him!’ And he said, ‘Why, what evil has He done?’ But they kept shouting all the more, saying, ‘Crucify Him!’”

3.     Mark 15:10 “For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.”

4.     Acts 13:45 “But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming.”

5.     Acts 17:5 “But the Jews, becoming jealous and taking along some wicked men from the market place, formed a mob and set the city in an uproar; and attacking the house of Jason, they were seeking to bring them out to the people.”

6.     Galatians 5:21 “Envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

7.     Psalm 2:1-12 “Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!’ He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury, saying, ‘But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain. I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD; He said to Me, “You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.”’ Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the LORD with reverence and rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son that He not become angry, and you perish in the way. For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”

 

P. The opposite was true during Joseph’s lifetime, for when Joseph told the Pharaoh that it was God who directed history, Pharaoh took it to heart and humbly acknowledged Joseph’s sovereign God as King by placing Joseph in command. Thus God blessed Egypt with prosperity at that time.

 

1.     Genesis 41:28 “It is as I have spoken to Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what He is about to do.”

2.     Genesis 41:38-43 “Then Pharaoh said to his servants, ‘Can we find a man like this, in whom is a divine spirit?’ So Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you.’ Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘See I have set you over all the land of Egypt.’ Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put the gold necklace around his neck. He had him ride in his second chariot; and they proclaimed before him, ‘Bow the knee!’ and he set him over all the land of Egypt.”

3.     Micah 6:6-8 “With what shall I come to the LORD and bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves? Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams, in ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

 

Q. Historians tell us that there has never been such a massive bureaucracy like the Egyptian Empire. The pyramids depict the centralized power of that bureaucracy, and the hierarchy of that religious system, with Pharaoh at the top representing both Egypt’s divine god and the massive state he amassed beneath him. To manipulate their own resurrection, these demigods erected these edifices to simulate their entrance into the eternal heavens, much like the Tower of Babel. The contents of these tombs further illustrate man’s attempt to manipulate his destiny apart from God, by recreating the same kind of life they lived on earth by taking with them gold, furniture, weapons, slaves, wives, dogs, and even food. Ironically, this culture of death used the people of promise to build their massive buildings for the glory of the Pharaoh who was damned to eternal destruction, when it was the laborers that truly possessed eternal life. Of further irony is the fact that although the Egyptians attempted to enslave the Hebrew people, it was the Egyptians who were truly in bondage—to Satan and sin—for liberty can only be obtained through Christ.

 

1.     Hebrews 2:14-15 “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.”

2.     Romans 6:22,23 “But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

3.     Galatians 5:1 “It was for freedom that Christ set us free…”

4.     John 6:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

5.     2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

 

R. The Hebrews enslavement to Egypt’s massive bureaucracy depicts the condition of all men under an oppressive Statist government. Where there is no liberty, there is also no individuality, no creativity, no ingenuity, no enthusiasm, no motivation, just a mindless, dull, tedious existence, where men are nothing more than machines for the State.

 

S. Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we.

 

The primary goal of any centralized bureaucracy is control over every facet of everyone’s life. Thus any unprecedented growth threatens the overall stability of the static State. All threats, then, by necessity of maintaining power, must be quelled, making any means for the preservation of the State just, as the State stands in place of God and makes its own laws. Thus the world tries to obliterate God by destroying God’s people, either through bondage or obliteration.

 

It is no different today, as our burgeoning bureaucracy uses us as their slave laborers to construct their massive government by legally plundering our hard earned money through nearly 100 different taxes such as income taxes, sales taxes, capital gains taxes, property taxes, real estate taxes, federal unemployment taxes, workers compensation taxes, Medicare taxes, Social Security taxes, luxury taxes, utility taxes, school taxes, gasoline taxes, and death taxes—just to name a few. In fact, if we add up all the taxes paid for one year, most of us end up paying more than half of what we earn to the State.

 

And just as the Egyptians worshiped their Pharaoh for all he did for them, many Americans worship their divine State, which they mistakenly believe takes care of them from cradle to grave.

 

The oppression of heavy taxation is used to weaken, and ultimately to destroy, the family and family ownership of property—two of the main tenets of the Communist Manifesto. Naturally it is much easier to control a distracted, disjointed, and weary people. Preoccupied with making money, fathers have no time to disciple their children. Mothers feel compelled to help alleviate the financial burden, thus diminishing the population. How incredibly weary most families are, both parents working just to make enough to care for their families, without any left for building wealth and purchasing property for their families. This of course means that they have less time to be with their families, thus weakening God’s dominion mandate through parental discipleship of their children. Does it not break our spirits to continually work six months out of every year to feed our bloated government? Again, this unnecessary burden on families, causing mothers to work outside the home, diminishes the population.

 

Economically speaking, these public works were not profitable. It was ludicrous for the Pharaoh to take a productive segment of his society and coerce them into forced labor for projects that profited the society nothing, but which in fact, cost them in raw resources with the added burden of feeding, clothing, and overseeing their slaves’ work. It also diminished Egypt’s wealth by eliminating these producers, for when something is not productive, it is wasteful. Only through a competitive free market system can economic value be determined. One of the reasons a socialistic society is inefficient, besides the lack of incentive from profit-seeking people, is that they have no way to determine economic value of anything because they do not have profits or losses. Profit-seeking entrepreneurs who bear the costs of their own enterprises greatly benefit the entire society and are the backbone of a flourishing economy. Obviously, the Pharaoh did not weigh the costs versus the benefits, and it was not until God destroyed their economy that they fully realized the spiritual aspect as well. Oh, the folly of man to think that he will not suffer at the hand of God for rebelling against Him.

 

1.     Proverbs 8:36 “But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.”

2.     Proverbs 21:6 “The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.”

3.     Proverbs 1:31,32 “So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way and be satiated with their own devices. For the waywardness of the naïve will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.”

4.     Job 4:8, 9 “According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity and those who sow trouble harvest it. By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of His anger they come to an end.”

 

IV. Exodus 1:15-22 “Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other was named Puah; and he said, ‘When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.’ But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live. So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, ‘Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?’ The midwives said to Pharaoh, ‘Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.’ So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. Because the midwives feared God, he established households for them. Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, ‘Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive.’”

 

A. The primary goal of every humanistic government is control of the masses. It is called social planning of every aspect of life, including population control. Those in power who desire social change often use overpopulation as their fear tactic to eliminate those individuals whom they deem roadblocks to their perceived utopia. The irony of the myth of overpopulation is that it has actually led to zero population growth in these static humanistic cultures. On the other hand, God’s mandate to be fruitful and multiply is God’s tool for taking dominion for His glory on earth. And humanists call us intolerant, when in truth they cannot tolerate multiplying Christians, attributing it to the lie that it decreases the natural resources needed to sustain the human race. Interestingly, though they fear the consumption of natural resources, they in fact decrease productivity by decreasing the population to the point that the growing number of aging baby boomers will not have enough young workers to support the economy, thus dooming it to failure and to the demise of those in power. Thus those who tout themselves as wise in using birth control and others who have unlimited children as ignorant are the ones who are foolish and in fact suicidal. The progressives, as they often wish to be called, are in fact regressing, as they go back to the pagan practice of infanticide. Our nation’s embracing of abortion is just a return to paganism, for no nation is civilized unless based on God’s law. The nations and cultures of antiquity are full of infanticide. It was one of the reasons that God had His children purge Canaan. Whereas Satan desires to kill and destroy, God desires that His people be fruitful and multiply.

 

1.     Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.”

2.     Matthew 2:7-18 “Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.’ After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshipped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way. Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy him.’ So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called My Son.’ Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi. Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; and she refused to be comforted, because they were no more.’”

3.     Revelation 12:4 “And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth, He might devour her child.”

4.     Micah 6:6-8 “With what shall I come to the LORD and bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves? Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams, in ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

5.     Deuteronomy 12:29-31 “When the LORD your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, beware that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?’ You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.”

6.     Leviticus 18:30 “Thus you are to keep My charge, that you do not practice any of the abominable customs which have been practiced before you, so as not to defile yourselves with them; I am the LORD your God.”

7.     Deuteronomy 18:10 “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire...”

8.     Leviticus 20:2-5 “You shall say to the sons of Israel: ‘Any man from the sons of Israel or from the aliens sojourning in Israel who gives any of his offspring to Molech, shall surely be put to death; the people of the land shall stone him with stones. I will also set My face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given some of his offspring to Molech, so as to defile My sanctuary and to profane My holy name. If the people of the land, however, should ever disregard that man when he gives any of his offspring to Molech, so as not to put him to death, then I Myself will set My face against that man and against his family, and I will cut off from among their people both him and all those who play the harlot after him, by playing the harlot after Molech.’”

9.     Psalm 106:34-43 “They did not destroy the peoples, as the LORD commanded them, but they mingled with the nations and learned their practices, and served their idols, which became a snare to them. They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons, and shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with the blood. Thus they became unclean in their practices, and played the harlot in their deeds. Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against His people and He abhorred His inheritance. Then He gave them into the hand of the nations, and those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were subdued under their power. Many times He would deliver them; they, however, were rebellious in their counsel, and so sank down in their iniquity.”

10.  Genesis 1:28 “God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it…’”

11.  Genesis 9:6,7 “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man. As for you, be fruitful and multiply; populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”

12.  Psalm 127:3 “Behold children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”

 

B. The King of kings legitimizes Law, for through Him and by Him all things were created and came into being including law and justice. So any law that runs contrary to God’s law is an illegitimate law. In this case, the Pharaoh violated a host of God’s laws. For instance, God commanded man to be fruitful and multiply. He forbids murder and instead commands us to love our neighbor. He commands us to protect the innocent. The Pharaoh’s command was in direct violation of God’s law; therefore, regardless of any physical harm that may come to the midwives for disobeying the Pharaoh, they could not obey Pharaoh. In fact, if they aided this enemy against God, they would indeed become an accomplice to the Pharaoh’s horrific crime.

 

Teach your children the sinfulness of inordinate fear of man who can only kill their bodies not their eternal souls. Instead they should fear God who can condemn them to eternal damnation. For we are not to fear earthly princes but the King of kings who rules all earthly princes. Reverence of God is our greatest protection against temptation as in the case of Joseph, who when tempted by Potiphar’s wife said, “How can I commit this great sin against God?”

 

Although these women faced death from violating the king’s command, they realized that they served a greater King whom they feared more than this earthly tyrant.

 

1.     Colossians 1:16,17 “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

2.     John 1:3 “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”

3.     Romans 11:33-36 “Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the LORD, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to Him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”

4.     Nehemiah 9:6 “You alone are the LORD. You have made the heavens, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth and all that is in it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them and the heavenly host bows down before You.”

5.     1 Corinthians 8:6 “…there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and One Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.”

6.     Ephesians 1:20,21 “Which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”

7.     Colossians 2:15 “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.”

8.     Hebrews 1:8-12 “But of the Son He says, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above your companions.’ And, ‘You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands; they will perish, but You remain; and they all will become old like a garment, and like a mantle You will roll them up; like a garment they will also be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end.’”

9.     Acts 4:18-20 “And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.’”

10.  Acts 4:23-31 “When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, ‘O Lord, it is You who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said, “Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples devise futile things? The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together against the LORD and against His Christ.” For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur. And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.’ And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.”

a.     This is important for us to understand, especially you children, that regardless of the circumstances, God rewards His children for honoring Him.

11.  Acts 5:27-29 “When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them, saying, ‘We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.’ But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’”

a.     If men had stood firm years ago, fearing God more than man, we would not have abortion today. Instead, nearly 50,000,000 babies have been murdered. God will judge our nation for violating His Law.

 

C. Since the king had the power of life and death over all under him, we can assume that the Pharaoh was extremely upset that his plan was not carried out as ordered. History testifies to the fact that all who fail to successively carry out rulers’ plans are destroyed. That is why the jail keeper determined to kill himself, instead of facing the Roman emperor’s wrath, when he supposed that Paul and Silas, along with the other prisoners, had escaped after the earthquake. The Egyptian Pharaoh was no more lenient than the Roman emperors. Therefore, we know that God miraculously protected the midwives from Pharaoh’s wrath.

 

God’s law is a law of justice. And in that justice He rewards righteousness. The midwives did not do it for themselves, but for God and His people. God honors all who honor Him, and in this case, God honored these midwives’ obedience to His law. In return He promises to build them houses. This does not mean that He would make them heads over their own households, which would be contrary to His order and Word, for men were to be heads of their households. Furthermore, unmarried women continued to live with their families until marriage. Therefore, we know that building houses meant that God would bless them with households full of children. Matthew Henry says that “He built them up into families, blessed their children and prospered them in all they did.”

 

1.     Acts 16:25-30 “But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!’ and he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, and after he brought them out, he said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’”

2.     1 Samuel 2:30 “Therefore the LORD God of Israel declares, ‘I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father should walk before me forever’; but now the LORD declares, ‘Far be it from Me—for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.’”

 

D. Let this serve as a reassurance that in spite of the enemy’s wicked plans against His chosen, we should not grieve, for God promised that the gates of hell should not prevail against His Church. The more the Egyptians persecuted the Hebrew people, the more they increased by God’s Hand. This indeed was a prophetic blessing to the church, which history has clearly confirmed, that the church has increased most during times of great persecution.

 

Though the wicked continually plot to destroy God’s rule over them, God laughs. And when the fullness of time comes for their destruction, He destroys them. Man can only go as far as God allows them.

 

1.     Psalm 2:1-12 “Why are the nations in an uproar and the people devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!’ He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury, saying, ‘But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain. I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, “You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends to the earth as Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.”’ Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the LORD with reverence and rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”

2.      Job 4:9 “By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of His anger they come to an end.”

3.     Isaiah 11:4 “But with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; and He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.”

4.     Exodus 15:4-13 “Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; and the choicest of his officers are drowned in the Red Sea. The deeps cover them; they went down into the depths like a stone. Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power, Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy. And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You; You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff. At the blast of Your nostrils the waters were piled up, the flowing waters stood up like a heap; the deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea. The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; My desire shall be gratified against them; I will draw out my sword, my hand will destroy them.’ You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters. Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders? You stretched out Your right hand, the earth swallowed them. In your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed.”

 

E. For what man sows, he shall reap, and in this case, Pharaoh’s attempt to kill the male offspring of God’s children came upon the Egyptians by the very Hand of God.

 

1.     Romans 3:15,16 “Their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their paths.”

2.     Genesis 4:9-11 “Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother?’ And he said, ‘I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?’ He said, ‘What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground. Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.’”

3.     Numbers 35:33 “So you shall not pollute the land in which you are; for blood pollutes the land and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.”

4.     Revelation 17:6 “And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly.”

5.     Revelation 6:9-10 “When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’”

 

F. Murder requires capital punishment.

 

1.     Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man.”

2.     Leviticus 24:17 “If a man takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death.”

3.     Numbers 35:31,33 “Moreover, you shall not take ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death.… So you shall not pollute the land in which you are; for blood pollutes the land and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.”

4.     Romans 13:1-4 “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.”

5.     1 Timothy 1:8-11 “But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.”

6.     Job 19:29 “Then be afraid of the sword for yourselves, for wrath brings the punishment of the sword, so that you may know there is judgment.”

7.     Psalm 58:10,11 “The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. And men will say, ‘Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth!’”

8.     Revelation 16:5-7 “And I heard the angel of the waters saying, ‘Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.’ And I heard the altar saying, ‘Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.’”

9.     Exodus 12:12 “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the LORD.”

10.  Numbers 33:3,4 “They journeyed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the next day after the Passover the sons of Israel started out boldly in the sight of all the Egyptians, while the Egyptians were burying all their firstborn whom the LORD had struck down among them. The LORD had also executed judgments on their gods.”

 

G. Although Satan attempted to slay God’s children, God continued to increase their numbers. It is quite conceivable that the entire population was upwards of 2 million when they departed from Egypt.

 

We have a hard time understanding the meaning of economy. When we think of economy we think of finances, but it is the management of the family. Noah Webster defines economy as primarily, the management, regulation and government of a family or the concerns of a household. This brings economy back to God because the family is what is most significant and important to God. So the importance of economy of the home is not the presence of gold and silver, but the management of the home. Therefore, the economy of Abraham’s family should be relevant to your family.

 

Although Abraham had no children at the time God covenanted with him and promised him that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars of heaven, he could look to the future knowing full well that God would increase his posterity exponentially.

 

So while Abraham’s posterity was in slavery, God blessed them with children—that is what wealth is all about, for the wealth of a nation is its godly people. Tocqueville came to America to see why it was successful and concluded that it was rich because its people were Christians.

 

God says that His people perish for lack of vision and knowledge. What vision do you have for your children, and what knowledge are you imparting? Do you possess Abraham’s multigenerational vision? Our focus should not be on today but on the future; not just on our children who we see now, but on our children’s children, and all that we do should be with them in mind.

 

John Stormer told us that 25 dedicated people could change Missouri. What about a family of 25? Can you imagine what a family could accomplish if they pulled together for Christ? A family based economy is based on family covenant, where everyone works together for the good of the entire family, the church, community, and nation. This is what America was built upon.

 

1.     Psalm 78:1-8 “Listen, O my people, to my instruction; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength, and His wondrous works that He has done. For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments, and not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart and whose spirit was not faithful to God.”

2.     Exodus 12:37 “Now the sons of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from children.”

 

H. So how does the midwives’ disobedience to the prevailing earthly authority of their time relate to us? As Christians who believe in the absolute sovereignty of God, we cannot obey laws that are in conflict with God’s law, for our allegiance is to our rightful king. That is why during the War for American Independence, the colonists’ slogan was “No king but King Jesus.”

 

Our society has come to the point that they believe law to be relative. Law is no longer grounded on higher law but on precedent set forth in other cases, based on man’s reasoning and not on God’s. When our founders formed our Republic the prevailing worldview was biblical, thus impacting the colonists’ presupposition that all law comes from God—an absolute fixed higher law, which formed the basis of our common law. Again, God’s laws are legitimate because He is the Creator and the highest Being in the universe.

 

The war for Independence, then, was not a revolution to overturn God’s law, as was the French Revolution, but a war to preserve God’s law, which the English subjects were entitled to under English common law. The founders were resisting injustice, not rebelling for their own free will to do as they pleased. They believed that God instituted civil government and placed limits on civil government. They knew that their inalienable rights came from God—the right of life, liberty, and property, the right to homeschool, the right to bear arms… Singularly different from all other nations, both the Hebrew nation and America were founded, supported, and governed by God’s Law.

 

The great departure from God’s Law in this country stems from the heresy that Christians are no longer under the law of God but are under grace, as if God was such as man—fickle, fallible, mutable.

 

When you put a weight on a string that string will be perfectly straight. Do you know why? It is because of God’s law of gravity. Isaac Newton did not create that law he only discovered it. A law is absolute. Whereas man is fickle and mutable, God is immutable. He is the only absolute and His attributes are absolute. We do not create laws we only discover them.  If you push against something with force it is going to push against you with the same amount of force. If we reject God, God says that the land will reject us. 

This week I was talking to a customer who said that she thought that as long as we are good to our fellow man, that God will bless that and we will have eternal life. She also said that any road would get you there; that Muslims and Buddhist are going to heaven, as well. Sadly, she has positioned herself in the place of God. This woman made her own law for salvation, opposed to God’s law set forth in scripture. Unfortunately, she was a teacher and then a principal at a school; her minor was history.

A lot of people who go to church do not believe in God’s Law. They think that they are pretty good and that their goodness will get them to heaven.

Think is to judge, imagine, suppose, to fancy, to presume… opposed to a firm belief in the truth of the gospel. The point of digression occurs when the heart refuses to yield to God’s will specified in His Law Word.

Jezebel refused to submit to God’s Law but certainly understood His law of gravity as she fell out of the window, years before Newton.

Why do we bring this to point? We do not look at God’s warning to be careful to do all His commandments the same way as we view Newton’s Equal and Opposite Law of Motion, which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, because we do not often experience the immediate results of our disobedience as when we push on something and it comes back and hits us in face. But there is no difference, because both are true. The full force of our disobedience will hit us in full force on Judgment Day. Just as if our customer were speeding down the freeway and hit a concrete embankment, she will feel the full force of her disobedience to God’s Law on Judgment Day. 

In a humanistic culture, the state believes that it should control everything-economics, property, and population… And thus, a plethora of regulations overwhelm corporations, businesses, and citizens. Those who promote a living Constitution and demand amendments to its original content actually place more constraints on us than those who follow God’s fixed set of Thou shalt nots.

 

God’s law is considered negative law in that the people shalt not do what is forbidden but are free to do anything other than what is contained within those restrictions. Positive law assumes that the state has the authority to give permission to own land (if we don’t pay our taxes, we lose our land to the state), to marry as the state issues marriage licenses, to drive as the state issues driver’s licenses, to carry guns as the state issues concealed and carry licenses…Unlike God’s laws which do not change, what the state permits; the state can forbid according to the whims of those in office at any given time.

 

It was during the Enlightenment when man’s reasoning took precedence over God’s through the writings of Rousseau, Voltaire and Locke, where moral relativism began wreaking havoc with law, continually changing according to the beliefs or emotions or cultural whims of the time. Moral relativism is responsible for legalized plunder, abortion, homosexuality, and a host of other laws contrary to God’s laws. Whereas God’s laws protect His children; man’s laws destroy.

 

Our society’s woes reflect the presupposition that man is in control; that man uses his own reasoning to determine the fate of society. Evolving standards create anarchy. Consider the saying don’t put a period where God has placed a comma, as defining God as evolving with the times. For instance, even though the god of the Old Testament hated homosexuality, he has supposedly evolved into a god who accepts homosexuals and their perverted lifestyle-at least on earth at this time-because in the New Testament He remains firm that they will not enter into His kingdom. After all how could He accept their defiance as they raise their fists to their Creator in forming them a certain way in their mother’s womb? Then they defy His purpose for marriage in seeking Godly offspring and His mandate to be fruitful and multiply.

 

Supposedly what He once called abominable and worthy of death is now totally acceptable according to our wicked officials. Accordingly, judges have overturned restrictions on pornography, sodomy, and murder, while banning prayer in school. The consequence of man’s departure of belief and obedience to God is that the 20th century was the bloodiest in all history.

 

We must understand that God calls everyone everywhere to repent, as God’s law is binding on all men everywhere. Many Christians object to this line of thinking, but how else can God be called just if he condemns men to hell for rejecting His Law. There are those who do not believe in God or hell, yet I guarantee there are no unbelievers in hell.

 

1.     Numbers 23:19 “God is not man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

2.     1 Samuel 15:29 “Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”

3.     Isaiah 46:10,11 “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.”

4.     James 1:17 “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

5.     Acts 17:30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere repent.”

6.     Romans 1:18-27 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.”

7.     1 Corinthians 6:9,10 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”

8.     Job 38:4,5 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it?”

 

I. Do we want the fallibility of man to govern or the infallible eternal God who changes not? Since God is the source of all truth, knowledge, justice, and in essence law, we must look to His Word for all the answers, for God is supreme, and so His law is supreme!

 

John Adams wrote: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

 

Wycliffe wrote, “This Bible is for the government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Therefore, it is vitally important that we study God’s law so that we may be governed by it.