Exodus 1:5-7
Genesis 26:4; Acts 3:25-26
“God governs all, from the greatest
even to the least.” (WCF 5:1)
The seventy souls mentioned in Exodus 1:5 can be traced back to Genesis 46:8-27. With just seventy, can God form the nation Israel for the Lord Jesus, the Saviour, to be born into?
These seventy had passed away by now, including Joseph and his brothers. However, the children of Israel “were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them” (Exod 1:7). This is a picture of numbers multiplying and increasing without abating. Jacob’s descendants were fast filling up Goshen. Including the wives and children of the 603,550 (Num 1:46), it is estimated that the total number of people was over two million. Could this be attributed to “good luck” that these children of Israel could reproduce so well and probably had very low mortality rate? Certainly not! We must not forget God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The phenomenal growth and protection was from God alone. No one else can control the fertility of the womb or prevent death, both of which affect the population. This rapid growth was God fulfilling His promise to Abraham in Genesis 26:4, “And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” This blessing is not to have descendants everywhere, but that into Israel shall the Saviour be born and bring the blessing of salvation to all nations.
God used Egypt as the “womb” to multiply the people needed for the formation of the nation of Israel. And God delivered this “baby” from this womb. This is the wisdom of God. No human plan could have achieved this.
THOUGHT: The births of man and nations are in God’s hand to accomplish His plans.
PRAYER: God of our fathers, we praise Thy sovereign power!