And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation. And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.(Exodus 1:6-8)
Genesis tells the story of how the children of Israel ended up in Egypt, in a position of favor with the Pharaoh, and how they thrived there. One of Joseph’s last requests before he died, was that the children of Israel should gather his bones with them, when they left Egypt.
Joseph knew that Israel would make an Exodus, they would leave Egypt someday, because God had shown Abraham the future of the nation, at the time of the rectification of the Abrahamic covenant.
And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.(Genesis 15:12-16)
Israel thrived, but eventually the Egyptian attitudes changed rapidly toward the Hebrews, from favor to resentment.
The new King, (who knew not Joseph) , had a pagan worldview, which of necessity morphs into increasing hostility towards the people of the true God. (This is what America and the formerly Judeo Christian West is experiencing currently). He began to oppress and enslave Israel, and to order the killing of Hebrew babies.
And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigor. And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live. But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.(Exodus 1:12-16)
This was a direct attack on the seed of the woman, the Messiah to come. The Devil is in all Pagan religion, for “all of the gods of the nations are demons”(Psalm 96:5). Pharaoh was considered an incarnation of the Egyptian God, and was worshipped by the Egyptians with other abominable false gods.
Wherever there are false gods tolerated there is going to be oppression, slavery and even mass murder.God’s children, Israel, were in a furnace of affliction. The book of Exodus is the account of how God delivered an entire people from slavery, and brought them into freedom.
It is not just a historical account. Israel is a miracle people, an oracle nation, and witnesses to the reality of God. Their experience is a message from God to all of us.
- Humanity is oppressed, because of sin.
- Pharaoh is a type of the Devil, the ultimate taskmaster.
- The World is lost, worshipping false gods, and blind.
- There is a murderous side to the world, for those who turn to God.
- We all need to escape Satan’s “world system” which is enslaving, seducing and degrading us Spiritually ad morally.
- If we don’t ‘escape’ from Egypt(the World) we shall perish in this slave pit and be ruined forever.
- God offers us an “Exodus”, a way out of this doomed world, and out of the dominion of Satan.
This is why every single detail of the Exodus story of Israel has an eternal as well as temporal significance to every person on earth. The Exodus of Israel is the great type of Salvation. As for Joseph’s bones? Don’t the scriptures proclaim, “The dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds and so shall we ever be with the LORD?” MAranatha!