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Bite-sized Bible readings for time-starved teens! Here are 366 faith-building meditations to help your kids connect with God's Word every day. Through selections from the readable HCSB translation, they'll cover the central themes of Scripture in one year. Includes thoughtful quotes, biographical sketches of major Bible characters, "One-Minute Memory" verses, and a topical index. 416 pages, softcover from B&H, Copyright 2007.
Israelites oppressed in egypt - February 15
These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob; each came with his family: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah; Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin; Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher.
The total number of Jacob's descendants was 70; Joseph was already in Egypt.
Then Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died. But the Israelites were fruitful, increased rapidly, multiplied, and became extremely numerous so that the land was filled with them.
A new king, who had not known Joseph, came to power in Egypt. He said to his people, "Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and powerful than we are. Let us deal shrewdly with them; otherwise they will multiply further, and if war breaks out, they may join our enemies, fight against us, and leave the country" So the Egyptians assigned taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor. They built Pithom and Rameses as supply cities for Pharaoh. But the more they oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. They worked the Israelites ruthlessly ...
Pharaoh then commanded all his people: "You must throw every son born to the He-brews into the Nile, but let every daughter live."
— EXODUS 1:1-13, 22
Related Texts: Psalm 105:23-25; Acts 7:9-34; i Corinthians 7:21-23; Galatians 3:26-28
Weird or what?
A taskmaster's job description included torturing the Jewish people (the Hebrews) with slave-like jobs (slave labor).
Taskrnasters tormented Hebrews from morning until night, so they wouldn't have time or strength to have children who might grow up to challenge Pharaoh's leadership.
It was not uncommon for a taskmaster to beat, even to the point of death, a Hebrew who wasn't working hard. These slaves lived with no rights under the cruel taskmasters.
Thankfully, ttoday, if you have faith in Jesus you are a "child of God" and no longer sl_rwe of someone like Pharaoh or even a slave to your sin. You are free and don't have to be a slaite to anyone because of Jesus You are free! That's good news!