A Thought for Your Day — 53

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A Thought for Your Day

How do a people allow themselves to become enslaved? It happened with the Israelites in Egypt and it is happening with us in the world today; a select few enslaving many.

Exodus 1:10-14, “Come, let us deal wisely with them, or else they will multiply and in the event of war, they will also join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us and depart from the land.” So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor… But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel. The Egyptians compelled the sons of Israel to labor rigorously; and they made their lives bitter with hard labor in mortar and bricks and at all kinds of labor in the field, all their labors which they rigorously imposed on them.”

The Israelites didn’t go to Egypt as slaves; why didn’t they return to Canaan after the seven years of famine ended? Why didn’t they stay in Canaan when they took their father Jacob’s body to be buried in the cave of Machpelah? What is it about slavery that makes it so emotionally difficult to free one’s self? This is a question we need to ask ourselves to help us become un-entangled from the world’s dominion.

Psalm 89:1-2, “I will sing of the lovingkindness of YHVH forever; to all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth. For I have said, “Lovingkindness will be built up forever; in the heavens You will establish Your faithfulness.” YHVH’s promises are everlasting; no matter what things may look like in the natural, YHVH does not change — He is the same yesterday, today and forever!

Luke 9:2, “And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing.” Yashua sent the disciples to first preach and then heal — not one or the other. They were to proclaim the kingdom of Elohim first, not just, but first and then to heal. Greek thinking is only doing one; Hebrew is both.