So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. Exodus 14:22 Continue reading
And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead. Exodus 12:29-30 Continue reading
Exodus 7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, just as the Lord commanded. So he lifted up the rod and struck the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants. And all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. Continue reading
Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. Exodus 1:8
I seriously doubt someone in Egypt did not know Joseph. Continue reading
And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. Genesis 45:4-5
God has a plan for you but most of the time you do not understand it. Continue reading
The resurrection was unknown to the slaves of Egypt. The Israelites had moved there during days of hardship and famine under the leadership and protection of one of their own – Joseph! Continue reading
Out of curiosity I ran a Bible word search for the word forgiveness. Although it is inferred in many places, it is translated by KJV first in Genesis. Continue reading
As I was reading this morning I came upon this story from the post-slavery days of Israel.
They had been released and made their way to Mt. Horeb, where God gave them Torah. Continue reading
Under the leadership of Moses, the people of Israel witnessed miracle after miracle. They saw the plagues of Egypt ravish the land and its people while they survived. Continue reading
Nearly every nativity scene contains three wise men. Though this story is not included in any other Gospel other than Matthew and follows immediately after the birth of the Christ.
It is unlikely that the Wise men showed up at the birth since the star was over a house and Jesus is called a young Child.
One thing for sure,
And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matt 2:11
Of course, gifts are given at Christmas and justified by this story. More than that, the gifts are evidence of God’s provision.
The little family will be traveling to Egypt to escape the tyranny of King Herod, who orders the killing of all male children two-years old and under.
A trip to Egypt could not have been cheap; plus the time spent living there. Like you, they may have had some money to live day to day but a sudden trip is an extra expense. The gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh could have been used to finance such a trip and stay.
I have many stories of Him providing for us and I am not alone. I have heard many stories of providential provision.
I like to give gifts. I love to make someone happy with a small gift. But if I pray earnestly before getting a gift for someone, I would find myself getting a gift of provision by being led by the Holy Spirit.
Abba, Your gift of Salvation through the Babe of the manger is the best ever. YES&AMEN