He Gives and Takes Away – Exodus 1


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If you are not dBraggin’ you are missing out on an incredible blessing. Together with some of my closest friends we have read through the New Testament and some of the biggies in the Old Testament. Reading through Revelation and sharing in each others Holy Spirit inspired insights blew me away. I now filter my worship though my miniscule understanding of the book of Revelation and I am forever changed. Today we begin the book of Exodus, a book that I dreaded back in my Sunday School days. But today I can’t wait to see what the Holy Spirit has to say to me through this powerful recollection. For more info on dBrag check out http://www.dbrag.org.

Ok, first some bearings on this book:

The Second Book of Moses is called EXODUS, from the Greek word EXODUS, which signifies going out because it contains the history of the going out of the children of Israel out of Egypt. It was written probably during the forty-years of wanderings in the wilderness, between B.C. 1491 and 1451. It contains transactions for 145 years, from the death of Joseph to the erecting of the tabernacle. Chapter one begins with the “he, who begat him…” stuff that brought back some of those Sunday School tremors. But pushing through, I found my treasure of this chapter.

Joseph protected the children of Israel. Something happened when he died. They began to reproduce in incredible numbers. Though, no doubt, they increased considerably before, it was not until after the death of Joseph that it began to be taken notice of as extraordinary. So, when they lost the benefit of Joseph’s protection, God made their numbers their defense, and they became better able than they had been to exist for themselves.

Life application: If God blesses us with our friends and relations while we most need them, and then, for some unseen reason removes them when they can be better spared, we should recognize that He alone is wise, (and here is the hard part) and not complain. After the death of Christ (our Joseph) His gospel began to remarkably increase. Like the sowing of a corn of wheat which, if it die, brings forth much fruit. Is there something in your life that must die in order for the fruit to be produced? Scary, I know. But I take solace in this example from chapter 1. His abundant blessings are waiting for us to take the first step of obedience.

Show us today Lord the areas of our lives that must die so that you may live. Amen.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Hook – that’s a powerful life application, bro. We have to surround ourselves with other Christians to make it. We must have godly accountability in our lives – it’s a MUST. We need to be around Christians as much as possible – to encourage, and build each other up. That’s what you do for me, bro. Thanks for your friendship – and your insight.
    e

  2. Hook – that’s a powerful life application, bro. We have to surround ourselves with other Christians to make it. We must have godly accountability in our lives – it’s a MUST. We need to be around Christians as much as possible – to encourage, and build each other up. That’s what you do for me, bro. Thanks for your friendship – and your insight.
    e

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