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The Destroyer of the Firstborn, part 1…

 Listen up! I have been reading G. H. Lang’s book, “Atoning Blood – What It Does and What It Does Not Do.” He has a heading, “Blood Protects from Vengeance” with subheadings, “God acts personally” and “The Destroyer acts,” which has spurred my thinking and must be shared with you. At the same time, we are reading through the Bible at the accelerated rate of doubling each day’s reading, so as to read the Bible through in 6 months.

Let me set the background: Out of all the peoples of the earth God has chosen and placed one race to be His son, yea, even in the capacity of His first-born son. (To Israel belongs the “adoption” -i.e. “the choosing and placing as a son: – Romans 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.)

Now – let’s go back to when the LORD’s (Jehovah’s) firstborn son is in Egypt and how they arrived there. Jacob (Israel) was brought into Egypt – from Canaan – by Jehovah God, Himself, through Joseph, during a seven-year famine in all the land – Canaan, as well as Egypt. The Pharaoh of that era had given Joseph full authority over his land and people. Joseph, with Pharaoh’s approval (Gen. 45:17-20), settled his family in Goshen to be shepherds (Gen.46:33,34) There were 70 in all, then,and when they are freed 430 years later, there are 600,000 males. So much for killing all the males!

There is a very interesting detail you must know: At this time, the Egyptians, themselves, are slaves to Pharaoh, not the Israelites. The famine was great in Egypt – so great that the Egyptians finally had to sell themselves, their livestock, and all their lands to Joseph – who was acting for Pharaoh.

Ge 47:18 – 25 And when that year was ended, they came to him the next year and said to him, “We will not hide from my lord that our money is all spent, and the cattle are my lord’s. There is nothing left for my lord except our bodies and our lands. 19 “Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we and our land will be slaves to Pharaoh. So give us seed, that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.” 20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for every Egyptian sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. Thus the land became Pharaoh’s. 21 And as for the people, he removed them to the cities from one end of Egypt’s border to the other. 22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh, and they lived off the allotment which Pharaoh gave them. Therefore, they did not sell their land. 23 Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have today bought you and your land for Pharaoh; now, here is seed for you, and you may sow the land. 24 “And at the harvest you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four-fifths shall be your own for seed of the field and for your food and for those of your households and as food for your little ones.” 25 So they said, “You have saved our lives! Let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.”

Ge 47:26 And Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt valid to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; only the land of the priests did not become Pharaoh’s.

Ge 47:27 ¶ Now Israel lived in the land of Egypt, in Goshen, and they acquired property in it and were fruitful and became very numerous.

This is long enough for today…….reread the above, and we will pick up again tomorrow with Ex. 4.

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January 17, 2011 - Posted by | Angels |

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