Summary of passage: “The Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: ‘Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.'”
6a) He told everyone to kill every male child and did not leave it up to the midwives to accomplish this goal.
b) Personal Question. My answer: You are often taken down before you are brought back up. During our bankruptcy it seemed every time we turned around we lost something else. But it did get better and my family knew God had a plan.
7) Genesis 15:13-14: They are accustomed to suffering. They know they will suffer but that God is just and will punish their oppressors in His time. God’s plan is great. They will be blessed after their suffering.
Isaiah 43:1-4: God will redeem them after the suffering. Nothing shall harm them. They shall be rewarded.
John 16:33: In God we will have peace during our troubles. Since God has overcome the world, so we shall overcome our trials.
2 Corinthians 1:4,9: God comforts us in our troubles and our troubles allows us to rely on Him and not on ourselves.
8a) It would give them hope and strength and faith to endure the persecution for God’s planned redemption would come.
b) Personal Question. My answer: My current difficulty and frustration right now is my book. I am facing another whole re-write and no part of me wants to do it. I am sick of it. Hence, I am here, doing my blog instead, taking a break. Still, it gnaws at me as I do believe it to be God’s plan. But no part of His plan is easy.
Conclusions: We see Pharaoh’s determination to rid himself of the Israelites by commanding all his people to kill newborn males. Some scholars say this command also included killing male Egyptian babies as well but some translations just say Hebrew boys. This point is debated. Personally, I don’t see Egyptians killing their own for that would end their race as well. We can tell the conflict between the Egyptians and the Hebrews is about to come to a head.
Key Point: trust and obey even through suffering as we shall see God’s people do (for the most part–at least until the Wilderness where time takes its toll).
We have all suffered. It is how we respond to suffering that counts.