~ Exodus 1: 12-14~
“But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly. They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.”
The beauty of any legal system is when justice is served especially for the helpless. That proves there is a higher authority, which is the law. Some try to subvert the law but eventually it catches up and justice is served even in places where the perpetrators consider themselves “the law”. A similar situation existed in Egypt at the time of the Pharaoh who knew nothing about Joseph and the circumstances that brought Jacob and the family to Egypt, a family that had grown into a nation. The sight of the people brought dread to the Egyptians who decided to increase their labor abusively. The order to abuse came from the highest office of the land, from Pharaoh, the ruler himself. Pharaoh saw these people, multiplying and doing well right in his land, and that made them a threat to him and his people, without thinking that the prosperity of the Hebrews was also the prosperity of Egypt. “Let’s restrain their progress by making their life difficult” Pharaoh declared. In other words, let’s oppress and enslave these people so they cannot compete with nor turn against Egypt. However, the more they afflicted them, the more they increased. What Pharaoh did not realize was the fact that the eyes of the Lord was upon the Hebrews and their groanings and cries were going straight up to the throne room, in Heaven. When the appointed time came God acknowledged them and brought them out with a great deliverance and with a mighty hand. In this discourse, I learn that:
- Afflictions can be a test of character
- Afflictions produce endurance
- In the midst of the afflictions, never give up.
- God hears the cry of the afflicted
- No cry for help should be ignored and no voice should be silenced forever.
- Justice catches up on acts of injustice.
- It is very dangerous to interfere with anything the Sovereign Lord has His hands on.
My prayer is that the people that have it in their power to act against injustice will act. Those who are in helpless situations of oppression and affliction, will keep holding on and keep crying out. Justice is on its way. The Sovereign Lord hears your cry. Justice will find you and, in that moment when your deliverance comes, you can cry out: free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, I am free at last!
February 2, 2019
“A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain counsel.” – Proverbs 1:5