DREADFUL DECREE

By: Ely Lagajino

And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”

Romans 11:26 (ESV)

Egypt became prosperous through Joseph’s management, which led the king to acknowledge the true God. In recognition of Joseph’s services, Pharaoh exempted the Israelites from taxes, and supplied all their needs.

God had blessed the Israelites in Egypt, and they multiplied in number. But they maintained themselves as a “distinct race” and did not embrace Egyptian customs, culture, and religion.

After Joseph died the new king did not recognize his heroic greatness.  The new Pharaoh was afraid that the Hebrews would out number them, and they feared that they might favor foreign invaders.

The royal court policy prohibited sending Israelites out of their country. This right is solely reserved for the Israelites that they could leave anytime they wanted. It would be of a significant loss to Egypt if the Israelites went back to their country. Egypt needed their skills in construction.

The king and his councillors started their persecution programs by forcing them into hard labor building magnificent palaces and temples.  The decree would probably control their population. The opposite, however, happened for more babies were born to the Israelites than to the Egyptians.

Another concern worried the king. He heard that the Israelites are waiting for the birth of a deliverer who would establish a new kingdom. Pharaoh consulted his astrologers, and they confirmed that a liberator of the children of Israel was to be born. The king ordered all new born male babies killed. He commanded the midwives, but they failed to execute the cruel order. As a result, the king angrily ordered all the Egyptians to search for all male babies and throw them into the Nile River. 

“Satan was the prime mover of this matter. He knew that the deliverer would be raised among the Israelites and by leading the king to destroy their children, he hoped to defeat the divine purpose (PP p.250).”

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