It really is amazing how time flies when you’re in slavery…NOT! The close of Genesis has references to knowing that they are to return to the Promised Land, but no one makes the move. Egypt is so good, maybe better than home! The details that take place between Genesis and Exodus are for the most part guess work, but we do learn that the new Egypt didn’t know about Joseph or what he did for Egypt. As a result, the people became slaves. It is true that the people were in Egypt for 400 years, but not all of that time was deep slavery…how much we may never know, but it was probably over 200 years.
I am often tempted to choose the easy road, especially if it seems to achieve my perception of the main goal anyway. I like Egypt; it’s easy and has all I need. I know the Promised Land is out there, but it’s hard to get there and it might not have everything I need and may not be as comfortable. Land is land, so I chose Egypt. What a fool I am! I just find myself in slavery and the work to get out and find my way to the Promised Land is harder than ever. How about you? Are there any places in your life where you’re sticking around Egypt? Careful, you just might find more than you bargained for!
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.
Come journey with us as we read through the Bible in a year. It is our desire to hear what God wants from us and to know his promises as well as warnings. Each day we will read a text and together we will share what we are learning and encourage one another to finish the goal!