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Four Hundred and Thirty Years to the Very Day

July 11, 2015

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Four Hundred  and Thirty Years  to the Very Day

Usually,  when we’re  in a time  of suffering,  we just cannot figure out  why God allows it  —  if He cares  —  or if He even has the power  to relieve us.     Then we need  to remember  that His wisdom  is far above ours  —  He surely cares  —  and that  our breath  and all things  really are  in His almighty power.

Just one example  of that  in God’s word  is God’s prophecy  to Abram,  which was made around 286 years  before it happened.     Genesis 15:13  records,

God said  to Abram,  “Know  for certain  that your descendants  will be strangers  in a land  that is not theirs,  where they will be enslaved  and oppressed  four hundred years.

In the time  after this prophecy was made,  Abraham’s descendants multiplied  —  Joseph was enslaved  and later became second in command  to Pharaoh  —  a drought brought  the rest  of Abraham’s descendants  to Egypt  for food  —  after living there  for 30 years,  a different Pharaoh  enslaved the Israelites  because he was afraid  of their possible power  —  the Israelites spent  the next 400 years  in bitter slavery  —  and God raised up Moses  to leadership  to free the Israelites.

Then,  we read  about the fulfillment  of God’s prophecy  in Exodus 12:40-42,

Now  the time  that the sons  of Israel lived  in Egypt  was four hundred  and thirty years.     And  at the end  of four hundred  and thirty years,  to the very day,  all the hosts  of the LORD  went out  from the land  of Egypt.

It is a night  to be observed  for the LORD  for having brought them out  from the land  of Egypt;  this night  is for the LORD,  to be observed  by all the sons  of Israel  throughout their generations.

The Israelites were unable  to resist  the Egyptians.     But,  God kept His promise  to the very day”  —  in spite  of Pharaoh’s resistance  in freeing  the Israelites.     Pharaoh’s resistance  only caused God’s word  to be kept  “to the very day”  of their promised freedom.

It was God’s promise  and power  that freed  the Israelites  with the miracles  of the ten plagues.     What does this mean  to us?     God is always trustworthy  —  His love is everlasting  —  He is in control  even during our disasters  —  our very breath is  in His hands.

Just as God freed Israel  from slavery  to Egypt  “to the very day”  of His promise,  God has freed us  in Christ Jesus  “to the very day”  from our slavery  to sin.     Jesus died  on the cross  during the Passover time  in which the Israelites celebrate their freedom  from slavery.     Amazing!

All things are possible  with God  —  nothing is impossible.     Never doubt  His wisdom.     We can  and surely should  trust Him  to care for us  according  to His wisdom  and love.

His amazing grace leads us  to say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for caring  for us  in our suffering.     Make us strong in faith,  hope,  and love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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