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The Curse of God - Part 2

The night Israel leaves Egypt is not because of war, as the Pharaoh so long ago had thought, but because God removed His blessing from Egypt due to their terrible treatment of Israel. And, consider the condition of Egypt when they leave: Firstborns Dead: All its firstborn sons from Pharaoh's to the most insignificant in the Kingdom are dead as well the firstborn of all the livestock. Massive amounts of funerals are being held for many days after their departure. (Exodus 12:29) Herds have been diminished due to livestock deaths.Egyptians Converted: Some of the people of Egypt go out with the Israelites because they have become believers in the God of Israel because He has ruled over every god of their land. They are sacrificing their citizenship in Egypt to become tribe members of Israel.Egyptians empathize with Israelites: Because of the Pharaoh's requirement that the Israelites get their own straw for the bricks they were required t…

The Curse of God - Part 1

Abraham had been promised by God "I will bless them that bless you and curse them that curse you." This is carried out further into Jacob's life as Isaac blesses Jacob saying, "May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed." (Genesis 27:29) So Joseph, the son of Jacob is sold into slavery by his brothers and ends up in Egypt as a servant in the house of Potiphar and the blessing continues. "From the time he [Potiphar] put him [Joseph] in charge of his household, and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. (Genesis 39:5) Joseph, born in 1,914 B.C., was 17 when he was sold to the Midianites and taken to Egypt and was 30 when he ascended to the second most powerful position in the Kingdom in 1,884 B.C. (Genesis 41). It is 1,875 B.C. when Jacob and his family, driven by famine, enter Egypt to live in Goshen, the best of the land. Joseph dies in 1,804 B.C. at the age of 110. There are 75 more…

Family Responsibility

Our parents can be important influences in our life. There is a responsibility that parents bare before God; those who are godly lead their children into the right path. Solomon's instruction was for children to obey their parents, specifically the commands of their father and the teachings of their mother. Both were to give godly instruction to their children. But the child was responsible also. It was not that they were passively engaged in this transfer of knowledge. He said the child was to allow these teachings to "guide you," "watch over you," and to "speak to you." (Proverbs 6:22) Others interpret this triad to be "lead you, keep you, and talk with you" or "guide you by day," "bring solace to you in the night," and "be your friend for your waking moments." As a parent, what instructions have you imparted to your children? And, as a child, what instructions of your parents have you taken to heart and let guid…