Lesson 25 第二十五课

God preserved the Israelites and protected Moses.

 

1.     Joseph and his generation died in Egypt.

Read Exodus 1:1-6


Here are the names of Israel’s children who went to Egypt with Jacob. Each one went with his family.
2 Jacob’s sons were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah,3 Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, 4 Dan, Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5 The total number of Jacob’s children and grandchildren was 70. Joseph was already in Egypt.
6 Joseph and all of his brothers died. So did all of their children.

Joseph, his brothers and their families continued to live in Egypt after their father’s death even though the drought had ended. They did not return to Canaan, the land which God had given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Bible says that Joseph and all his generation died in Egypt.

 

2.     The people of Israel increased in number and in riches.

Read Exodus 1:7

The people of Israel had many children. They greatly increased their numbers. There were so many of them that they filled the land.

The people of Israel had lived in Egypt for about 350 years. During that time, their numbers increased rapidly and they became very rich. They had many cows, goats and sheep. They enjoyed living in Egypt because there was plenty of grass for their animals and the king was very good to them. But things were soon to change.

 

3.    The new king wanted to destroy the people of Israel.

Read Exodus 1:8-11

Then a new king came to power in Egypt. He didn’t know anything about Joseph.

“Look,” he said to his people. “The Israelites are far too many for us. 10 Come. We must deal with them carefully. If we don’t, they will increase their numbers even more. Then if war breaks out, they’ll join our enemies. They’ll fight against us and leave the country.”

11 So the Egyptians put slave drivers over the people of Israel. The slave drivers beat them down and made them work hard. The Israelites built the cities of Pithom and Rameses so Pharaoh could store things there.

  •   The Egyptian king made the Israelites slaves.

He made them slaves because the Israelites had become many in number. The new king was afraid that they might join with the Egyptians enemies and take control of Egypt. This king forced the Israelites to be slaves because he wanted to destroy them.

This is Chronological Picture number 23 – Israels slavery to the Egyptians.

   Satan was guiding the king in his evil plan.

Think about this: Why would Satan want to destroy the people of Israel? Satan wanted to destroy them because Satan did not want the Deliverer to be born.

   Satan knew the Deliverer would be an Israelite.

Satan knew that God had promised that the Deliverer would be a descendant of Abraham. Satan wanted to destroy the people of Israel because they were God’s chosen people to fulfill His plan to send the Deliverer into the world.

   Satan knew the Deliverer would destroy him.

Satan didn’t want the Deliverer to come. He had not forgotten the promise that God had given in the garden in Eden. God had promised that the Deliverer would destroy Satan.

   Satan knew that the Deliverer would deliver people from Satan’s power

Satan didn’t want the Deliverer to deliver people from his power. He wanted everyone to go into everlasting punishment.

   Satan has not changed.

Satan wants to keep people in his power, and he wants people to go to everlasting punishment. Satan doesn’t want anyone to be brought into oneness with God.

Satan hates God and the people God created. Satan hates you. Just as Satan used Pharaoh to try to destroy the people of Israel, so Satan will try to destroy you by keeping you from hearing and believing God’s message.

 

4.    God took care of the people of Israel.

God had not forgotten the people of Israel. He was faithfully watching over them. He would not let Satan destroy them.

 Read Exodus 1:12-22

12 But the more the slave drivers beat them down, the more the Israelites increased their numbers and spread out. So the Egyptians became afraid of them. 13 They made them work hard. They didn’t show them any pity. 14 They made them suffer with hard labor. They forced them to work with bricks and mud. And they made them do all kinds of work in the fields. The Egyptians didn’t show them any pity at all. They made them work very hard.
15 There were two Hebrew women named Shiphrah and Puah. They helped other women who were having babies. The king of Egypt spoke to them. He said, 16 “You are the ones who help the other Hebrew women. Watch them when they get into a sitting position to have their babies. Kill the boys. Let the girls live.”
17 But Shiphrah and Puah had respect for God. They didn’t do what the king of Egypt had told them to do. They let the boys live.
18 Then the king of Egypt sent for the women. He asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
19 The women answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like the women of Egypt. They are strong. They have their babies before we get there.”
20 So God was kind to Shiphrah and Puah. And the people of Israel increased their numbers more and more. 21 Shiphrah and Puah had respect for God. So he gave them families of their own.
22 Then Pharaoh gave an order to all of his people. He said, “You must throw every baby boy into the Nile River. But let every baby girl live.”

Even though the Egyptians oppressed them and worked them ruthlessly, and even though the king ordered all the baby boys to be killed, the people of Israel continued to multiply and prosper. God protected His people from the evil king and Satan. Satan planned to destroy them, but God planned to deliver them from slavery and take them back to the land that He had promised to give them for their own. God had not forgotten His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

5.    Moses was born.

Read Exodus 2:1-4

A man and a woman from the tribe of Levi got married. 2 She became pregnant and had a son by him. She saw that her baby was a fine child. So she hid him for three months.
3 After that, she couldn’t hide him any longer. So she got a basket that was made out of the stems of tall grass. She coated it with tar. Then she placed the child in it. She put the basket in the tall grass that grew along the bank of the Nile River. 4 The child’s sister wasn’t very far away. She wanted to see what would happen to him.

 

6.    Moses was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter.

Read Exodus 2:5-10

5 Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile River to take a bath. Her attendants were walking along the bank of the river. She saw the basket in the tall grass. So she sent her female slave to get it.
6 When she opened it, she saw the baby. He was crying. She felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
7 Then his sister spoke to Pharaoh’s daughter. She asked, “Do you want me to go and get one of the Hebrew women? She could nurse the baby for you.”
8 “Yes. Go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother.
9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby. Nurse him for me. I’ll pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him.
10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter. And he became her son. She named him Moses. She said, “I pulled him out of the water.”

God used the wicked king’s daughter to protect Moses because God planned to use Moses to deliver the Israelites from slavery. No one and nothing can stop God from doing whatever He plans. God is greater than Satan. God is greater than everyone and everything.

Pharaoh’s daughter adopted Moses. God knew that Moses would be safer in Pharaoh’s house than anywhere else. He also knew that Moses would learn many things in the king’s house that would be important for him to know for his future work as the leader of his people. God put Moses in a place where he could be trained for the work God had for him. God is wise, and He knows what is best.

Baby Moses rescued.

God cared for the people of Israel, and He had a plan to deliver them from slavery in Egypt. God also cares for you. Continue to listen to His Word so you will understand His plan to deliver you from the power of Satan and bring you into oneness with God.

 7.    Moses tried to help his fellow Israelites.

The next part of the story tells us what happened when Moses grew into manhood.

Read Exodus 2:11-22

11 Moses grew up. One day, he went out to where his own people were. He watched them while they were hard at work. He saw an Egyptian hitting a Hebrew man. The man was one of Moses’ own people. 12 Moses looked around and didn’t see anyone. So he killed the Egyptian. Then he hid his body in the sand.
13 The next day Moses went out again. He saw two Hebrew men fighting. He asked the one who had started the fight a question. He said, “Why are you hitting another Hebrew man?”
14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking about killing me as you killed the Egyptian?”
Then Moses became afraid. He thought, “People must have heard about what I did.”
15 When Pharaoh heard about what had happened, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses escaped from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian. There he sat down by a well.
16 A priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to fill the stone tubs with water. They wanted to give water to their father’s flock.17 Some shepherds came along and drove the women away. But Moses got up and helped them. Then he gave water to their flock.
18 The young women returned to their father Reuel. He asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”
19 They answered, “An Egyptian saved us from the shepherds. He even got water for us and gave it to the flock.”
20 “Where is he?” he asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”
21 Moses agreed to stay with the man. And the man gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses to be his wife. 22 Zipporah had a son by him. Moses named him Gershom. Moses said, “I’m an outsider in a strange land.”

The Israelites were held captive by the wicked king, and they couldn’t escape. Moses tried to help them, but he failed. No person could rescue them from the wicked king.

Just as the Israelites were held captive by the king, you are held captive by Satan and his evil spirits. You cannot deliver yourselves. I cannot deliver you, and no other person can deliver you. Only God can deliver you!


Questions

1.     Of what was the king of Egypt afraid concerning the people of Israel?

2.     What did the king do so that the Israelites would not continue to increase in number?

3.     Who was guiding the king in his evil plan to destroy the people of Israel?

4.     Why would Satan want to destroy the Israelites?

5.     Why did God protect the people of Israel in Egypt?

6.     Who adopted Moses?

7.     What did God plan to do through Moses?

8.     What were the advantages that Moses had by living in Pharaoh’s house?

9.     Can Satan, the spirits, people, or anything hinder God from doing what He plans?

10.  Could the Israelites deliver themselves from slavery, or could Moses deliver them?

11.  Can you deliver yourself from Satan’s control?.

12.  Who is the only one who can deliver you from Satan’s control?