2017-04-16 - Exodus Study
Coming Up to Speed
Finally, I want to do a short recap of the concluding history of Genesis, to bring us into the context of the opening of Exodus.
The Prequel to the Exodus is really the story of Joseph. After all the book opens in Chapter 1:8 with the statement that “Then a new king who did not know about Joseph came to power in Egypt.”
Joseph is just about the only Old Testament saint we observe, where we don’t read of their shortcomings. God only presents his strength, not his failings. For this reason, among others, it is reasonable to see Joseph as a type of Christ. He was rejected by his family. He took a foreign bride. He was a savior - first to the Gentiles - and then to His own family.
Joseph is a wonderful example of how the God works through circumstances to carry out His will. Joseph was brought from slavery to the position of authority only second to the Pharaoh. He was the second-most powerful person of his day. And why did this occur? So a small nomadic family of Hebrews, some 70 in number, would survive as a family, settle down in Egypt, and become a great nation.
In the midst of God's program to save Jacob and his family, the nation of Egypt was also saved. And so due to the work of one God-directed man, an entire nation was saved.
God had promised Abraham his seed would go into Egypt, but come out again (Genesis 15:13-14), and Joseph believed the word of the Lord, for when he died, he made his brothers promise to carry his bones back to Canaan (Genesis 50:22-26).
“And he said to Avram: You must know, yes, know that your seed will be sojourners in a land not theirs; they will put them in servitude and afflict them for four hundred years. But the nation to which they are in servitude–I will bring judgment on them, and after that they will go out with great property.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.