1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will saya to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refugeb—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
If you are going to start talking about the Exodus, if you are thinking of the Holiness of God surrounding the Children of Israel, we probably have to start at Abraham. Abraham believed God had the ability to give Abraham blessings and strength. The sons, grandsons and descendants of Abraham believed they had the ability to pass on blessings.
God speaks for God.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
Now was Abraham to dwell upon this?
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.
Jesus said this exactly the best.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
Because of this!
1 Samuel 17:47
and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD'S and He will give you into our hands.
And Jacob set off from land promised to Abraham. He had to do what we all do, he had to feed his children. And off to Egypt the adventure began.
This surely, surely, surely did not look like God was paying attention to His Promises.This is a hard thing even today. To think about God being asleep? Uncaring?
The Exodus is everyone's story.
Longer than Gilligan by far. Five huuuuuuuundred years.
The History Channel did a Documentary on the Exodus and says some of the Plagues we can see from the air took place. About five or six years ago.
When you read the history of Egypt and look at the biblical dates This is very close to the 500 years we see changes in World History.
The Tax Records today read that Joseph is here during the reign of Thutmose III, the 18th Dynasty. New Kingdom. This is the Zenith of Egypt. As believers ar we surprised , when Joseph spoke with God?
(Very similar name to Moses? Building was going on in massive scales. His adopted Father? Names, like those in Jeremiah 39, point out are changed to look all part of the team. And Jeremiah records the name of the Pharaoh he dealt with. Moses AND the Pharaoh decline to name each other in History. )
In the New Kingdom - The Glorious Years of Egypt - Monotheistic God Worship.
Akhenaten is 4 Pharaohs after Thutmose III and the 5th Pharaoh is one God alone, too. They change the Egyptian culture to Monotheistic God of the Sun. Like Joseph. Perhaps they have seen the Power of the God of Gods in the Exodus as part of their childhoods and recent history.
However the 6th Pharaoh - King Tut changes this to polytheistic and dies of a wound to the leg in his teenage years. This loss is very available for us to learn about - this is today's history. Is Tut that Pharaoh???
Seti II and Moses
Troubles are documented and various accusations occur during the short reign of Seti II. Clearly Thebes was going through very troubled times. There are references elsewhere to 'war' occurred during these years and is obscure to what. Neferhotep had complained of Paneb's attacks on himself to the vizier Amenmose, presumably a predecessor of Pra'emhab, whereupon Amenmose had punished Paneb. This trouble-maker had then brought a complaint before 'Mose' (i.e., 'Msy'), who acted to remove Pra'emhab from his office. Evidently this 'Mose' must have been a person of the highest importance.
Seti II expanded the copper mining at Timna Valley in Edom, building an important temple to Hathor, the cow goddess, in the region. It was abandoned in the late Bronze Age collapse, where a part of the temple seems to have been used by Midianite nomads, linked to the worship of a bronze serpent discovered in the area.
An important papyri date from the reign of Seti II. The Tale of Two Brothers, a fabulous story of troubles within a family on the death of their father, which may have been intended in part as political satire on the situation of the two half brothers.
500 years later the glories end - The New Kingdom is ushered out about with Ramses III. The Third Intermediate Period (1077–732 BC) marked the end of the New Kingdom after the collapse of the Egyptian Empire. Ramses III fought an unidentified people and the treasury of Egypt is Gone. The Sea People. This Ramses III is viewed today as a mummy. Ramses III, had red hair, I've seen his mummy on display, and no teeth in old age. This is also today's history available to see after being in the ground for 3,000 years.
Ramses looses the treasury and fights with an unknown adversary? The Sea People? The treasury is Broken. Ipuwer says the slaves are given everything and begged to leave. The Egyptian army is broken by a strange set of weather of Tsunamis and Tornadoes ( the pillar of cloud Bible records). And Egypt is broken from the top wealth of the world forever. The women are left to get in boats to look for their fallen men of the army.
Now this is interesting, of course, but how will we relate to this?
Are we part of the 500 years where financial struggles and cultural struggles are just almost to become unbearable for our children? We have seen a lot of cultural changes from our grandparents to our children.
Well that depends on if you want to see the overview of the story with faith. This timeline fits and yet crashes us into David's Reign at 1000 B.C.. In exact parallel to Egypt. And the Temple is Built. And finally the area around Bethlehem becomes for the First Time - really allotted to the Tribe of Judah.
Genesis 22:18 to Abraham
17 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."
Abraham's sons are covered by the Blessing of Abraham. What they depart with was the earnings of 500 years. Baalam can see the Blessing of Abraham. His writings are still available although he was corrupt.
Even during the years of slavery, the midwives cover the healthy birth of the Hebrew children. God protected the least of these children, the midwives are protected from Pharaoh. The blessing of Abraham.
The blessing of Abraham, Solomon increased the Children of Israel as Egypt fell.
"Foreigners go no further. Thank you." Please be courteous..Now that is a Joke.
Even when the Children of Israsel had revisionist History in Jeremiah 23, God was making plans for the Blessing of Abraham to pull them up again. And when they killed God, Jesus said the Temple would be pulled down and we can see the massive stones display Jesus is correct today. God holds up His Promises.
And unusually there are several intact signs saying "No Foreign Visitors." For good reason. The Temple was entirely covered in thousands of tons of Gold. Billions of dollars. I Chronicles 29 and
II Kings 10:23
So King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom
This Gold is the unforgotten payment of the 500 years of Jewish Slavery in Egypt. And unparalleled and recorded in Babylonian Chronicles as well - the return of the gold.
The list of returned items included 1000 basins of gold, 1000 basins of silver, 29 censers, 30 bowls of gold, 2410 bowls of silver, and other vessels of gold and silver totaling 5,469 in number.
How could the Temple even exist in safety?
The Temple is established. Upheld by the Word of God. Otherwise Pharaoh and other Empires would have melted the Temple instead of the Biblical witness to the end.
Look Ma, It's Fort Knox. Let's get the Temple!!! King Hezekiah did show off and really did anger Isaiah the Prophet.
Banks hold treasure and values. Empires rise and fall, quickly. This is enduring even today.
What supported the Temple and the return of the Temple things?
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
The Son is the radiance of God's glory
and the exact representation of his being,
sustaining all things by His Powerful Word.
Jesus declared what is of value to Jesus.
Father God sees us as His Treasure.
For it is My Father's will that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
1 Corinthians 3
16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Egypt is - where Jesus spent his early years.
Lord Father God,
We pray for this Nation to have Wisdom and Blessing from You. Justice working in the appropriate Systems. Top to local.
Let us pray that those who lead - will lead by example.
The Speech the FBI gave Congress and Congress' call that injustice should be examined in the running for Presidency.
For the 5 Dallas Police Families. Dallas is not in the news for corrupt police, my brother John knew and defended with great integrity for honorable reasons. How tragic the Dallas Police were fired upon.. For the USA and the male Houston officer who cavity strip searched a pretty 21 year old woman in public and threw her to the ground. That Justice will be seen as a top priority and the appropriate measures are taken throughout our Nation. Not injustice of people being shot and killed and harmed who are not at fault. The system of Justice to be working and in place. From the top government to the local governments.
Let us praise the police departments who are doing their difficult job. And pray for top government to perform the laws at the top level.
For the need for integrity - this hunger for integrity to be filled in a way pleasing to God Himself. For the Christians unrepresented who have tried to vote for Christians.
For the Canadian Government putting out published materials advising their travelers to not carry cash in the USA. For the need for Jesus Christ and His Mercy and Goodness,
For the strength of the 3 branches of Government. For Congress when the Supreme Court oversteps their boundaries to set up the IRS as the power. And for Congress when the FBI comes to them and tells them who should be indicted to at least clear up criminal charges and then this does not happen. For the Presidency that has no wish for the charges of his Cabinet members to be cleared. For the integrity of the prosecution of former President Nixon. For the integrity of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to have the legal opportunity. For the integrity of the IRS to say this is not health care.
For the integrity of Free Trade to include inexpensive pharmaceuticals the USA sells in other countries for less money. Putting Care in Health Care. For the integrity of the news being held by 6 corporations only.
For the dramatic fall in our birth rates and the really unintelligent Supreme Court decision on Abortion.
For our arrogance in wanting to police the world when so much in our nation needs strengthening. Forgive the Nations sins, who pray to you, Father God.
Jesus God has said to pray and not give up hope. To come against mountains in prayer and they will move.
We call to You in Peace and Expectation, Lifting up the Needs physical, spiritual, emotional and financial for ourselves and the ones we love and pray for. With certainty You alone are God.
We pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †