Pharaoh did a lot of things to the Israelites in an attempt to stop them from multiplying and prospering. None of them worked, but he did succeed in one thing, robbing them of their faith, which is what made their ancestors as powerful and extraordinary as they were. By subjecting them to slavery for many decades, Egypt was able to corrupt their mind, forgetting the life of faith, they embraced a predictable existence, one in which they can predict for sure what they will get, if they did their job. For hundreds of years they didn’t have to trust God for anything, so they even forgot who He really is. All they knew was Pharaoh and slavery.
The deception of Egypt was subtle. Their bodies were satisfied to an acceptable extent. Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. (Numbers 11:4, 5 ESV)
That was basically one side of the story, but it was the one most obvious to them. It is still so today in every way that the bondage of darkness expresses itself in the lives of people. In moral issues, what people remember is the satisfaction to their sensual appetites, in issues of money, what people remember are the immediate satisfaction to their fleshly needs, in relationships, what people remember are the self-satisfaction that comes from doing as ones personal desires dictate. People are quick to remember the body, or the senses.
Unknown to them, they are following the way of Esau, who sold his entire future just to satisfy his stomach for today. It was not so with their ancestors, look at Abraham, how long he waited in faith for the fulfilment of God’s promise, and Isaac, how he kept digging up his father’s wells, which the philistines had covered with sand. Even though they would claim each one he uncovers, he patiently kept digging up another after another, till they let him be. Jacob served fourteen years for one woman, even though he was cheated, his patience didn’t run out in solidarity to his body. Scripture made sure we did not miss that point of patience when it talks about those, “…who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:12 ESV)
(YOU ARE AS CHRIST IS. Ephesians 2:13-16, Galatians 2:18-20)
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