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Being Faithful in Spite of Pharoah (Exodus 1:1-22)

Exodus is a continuation of the story of Genesis. Exodus begins by showing that God has been faithful to the promise he made to multiply the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. However, life in Egypt has grown hard for God’s people. Joseph and his contributions have been long forgotten and the current king has “made their lives bitter” (vs.14). In his fear over their increasing numbers he commands the murder of any male Hebrew babies that are born. However, despite the dangerous situation the Hebrew midwives find themselves in, they choose to disobey Pharoah and instead obey God (vs.17). This section provides us with a wonderful example of what it looks like to stay faithful to God despite the pressure we may face from the powers and influences around us. It also provides us with an opportunity to build out when we are to obey and when we need to disobey the authorities God has put in place.

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