“And he said to his people, ‘Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.’ ” Exodus 1:9-10
I’ve heard it said that the only thing that never changes is the fact that everything eventually changes.
Change will happen if only for the fact that in not too any decades everyone that’s alive on the earth today will have died and been succeeded by their children and grandchildren. Different generations of the same races and cultures have different values which results in change.
Despite the fact that change is a constant there seems to be a drive in people to fight it. We want things to stay the same or at least we want what we want to stay the same to stay the same.
Good people have a much wider scope of inhibitions about how they’ll fight change than evil people do. We may not like change but we’d rather be righteous and change than wicked and stay the same.
Our focus text illustrates the fact that evil people aren’t so limited. They’re much more willing to do anything to get what they want.
Egypt’s native population was being threatened by an expanding emigrant population and its solution to this problem was to enslaved the Hebrew people for hundreds of years, working them mercilessly, all with one end in mind; keep their numbers small. But hard work didn’t slow the birth rate, or increase the death rate, so a few verses later we find them employing a different solution; having the midwives kill the babies as they were being born. But that didn’t work because the midwives loved the babies and wouldn’t do it. So they devise another plan. Send soldiers to throw the babies into the Nile river.
Evil people will do evil things and usually those things happen to other people.
In all this God faces a terrible reality. If he’s to preserve mankind’s freedom of choice he can’t prevent every wicked scheme and every unjust thing from happening. But while he can’t just stop with wickedness he can raise up a savior to rescue his people from their bondage and take them out of the land of their slavery.
That’s what he promised to do for the children of Israel and that’s what he promises to do for us. He’ll come to us, he’ll fight for us, he’ll set us free our bondage and then he’ll remove us from the land of our slavery. By working his plan this way he’ll have made a way to destroy sin without ever having taken anyone’s ability to chose their own course.
That’s God’s plan and, as always, it’s a good one.