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Exodus 1:7

March 9, 2007

“But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty;’ and the land was filled with them”. Exodus 1:7“But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. Exodus 1:12

As we begin to move thru this Torah portion from the book of Exodus…we suddenly find five descriptive terms in just one verse bursting forth with the faithfulness of God’s promises. Could it be we are to take special note for some reason? Are we to understand that even in the midst of Israel’s affliction in Egypt, His word is faithful and true?  In just one verse…we are allowed to witness a prophetic preview, to the fulfillment of a promise God made to our father Abraham. Unlike us thankfully, He keeps His promises.

God had told Abraham “I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you and kings shall come from you. Genesis 17:6 Because of Abraham’s obedience (Gen 26:5) Isaac, the son of promise was also told “And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. Genesis 26:4 In Genesis 28:14 Jacob is told by God that his “descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Then in last week’s portion we saw Israel (Jacob) bless Ephraim and Manasseh, adopting these two grandchildren as his own sons, (Gen 48:5) bestowing upon Joseph in effect…a double blessing.  In a continuation of the promise made to Abraham…Jacob’s blessing upon these sons of Joseph once again speaks prophetically to our future…the future of Israel. In Genesis 48:16 he said “And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth”. Of Manasseh and Ephraim he said “He (Manasseh-which means “forgetfulness”) also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother (Ephraim-which means “fruitfulness”) shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a “multitude of nations” or “melo hagoyimGen 48:19.

I believe Paul references these very same physical descendants, the “melo hagoyim”who would fill the earth in Romans 11:25-26. Speaking of the future Israel being reunited and saved Paul says “For I do not desire brethren that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the “fullness of the Gentiles” or (“multitude of nations” or “melo hagoyim”) has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written…”

Today as you and I seek to live according to God’s Commandments in the midst of “Egypt,” life can be very lonely and tiresome. As we journeyed thru the life of Joseph…it was impossible not to notice his weeping…his heartbreaks…the false accusations and the separations. In short…it was a difficult life. Can you relate? If so…be encouraged and remember, Joseph was “sown” into Egyptto save many people” (Gen 50:2) … what the enemy meant for evil…God means for good! So too have we been sown into Egypt” that in the end…according to His will… “all Israel will be saved.” May the light of Messiah shine bright in each of us!

Be assured, God’s word is true…a bountiful harvest is approaching. (Hosea 1:10)  He who has been “declaring the end from the beginning” (Isaiah 46:10) has once again been “filling up” the land of “Egypt” right under the very eyes of “Pharaoh,” “multiplying” the “Israel of God”, even in the midst of affliction and trial. I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back. Because I have mercy on them.  They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; For I am the Lord their God.  And I will hear them.  Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as if with wine. Yes their children shall see it and be glad, their heart shall rejoice in the Lord. I will whistle for them and gather them.  For I will redeem them: And they shall increase as they once increased. Zechariah 10:6-8

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