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Not only have we finally finished the book of Genesis, but we have also reached the end, of what most would call, the Patriarchal Stage. However, as we journey further, we are now entering into what is known, as the Exodus Stage. Now I want to point out, that this stage covers a period of 325 years. And from within this period, we will explore some major events. Know that these recorded accounts, will deal with the Israelites captivity from within the kingdom of Egypt.
And from that point, we'll also delve into the recorded account that deals with the birth of Moses -- and his divine calling from the Lord.
And it's with this divine calling, that God uses Moses to deliver the Israelites from their Egyptian captivity.
Understand that there will be plenty to cover from within this stage.
For we will also take a look at events that deals with the presenting of the Ten Commandments; and the building of the Tabernacle.
However that may be... know that when it comes to our journey. So far, it has taken us through the first recorded 2369 years of mankind. And from within those travels, we have explored recorded accounts that have dealt with: God's overall creation; along with the Rise of Humanity; and the Fall of Mankind.
And it's during these recorded events, that we'd also read about Cain -- for he was the first recorded murderer from within the Sacred Record. And soon after, we were introduced to the first recorded prophet -- for he was a man, who was named Enoch. Now I also want to point out, that Enoch was also the first person who'd prophesied about the return of the Messiah (Jesus Yeshua Christ). Now personally, I find this to be extremely important, being that he'd prophesied about the Messiah, right before the world, and mankind as a whole, was destroyed by God's Flood of Judgment:
"Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying: 'Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.'" -- Jude 1:14,15
Nonetheless, we'd also explored the recorded account, that dealt with a man who was named Noah, while also learning about the great ship that God had him build, which was simply known as the Ark. Now I'd like to think, that most of us marveled, and appreciated, how at the time, God eventually used Noah's household to save humanity, while in the process, using the Great Flood to usher in a new world:
"And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. And it was at this time, that the Lord said in His heart: 'I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, even though the imagination of man's heart, is evil from his youth. Nor will I again, destroy every living thing as I have done at this time. For I want you to know, that while the earth remains, and while there's seedtime and harvest, and while there's cold and heat, and while there's winter and summer, and while there's day and night, know that these things shall not cease." -- Genesis 8:21,22
Now also remember, that it was at this time, that God would make a covenant with humanity: "Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood. Never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth. And God also said: 'This is the sign of the covenant, of which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: For I have set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be the sign of the covenant, that I have made between Me and the earth.'" -- Genesis 9:11-13
Now it's from this point forward, that we'd journeyed into the next chapter, which was Genesis the 10th Chapter. And it was at this time, that we were introduced to the recorded account that dealt with the Table of Nations. Now personally, I believe that this particular record seems to go unnoticed by most. But I like to think, that it's perhaps, one of the most significant recorded accounts, that's found from within the Word of God.
Understand that this recorded account, reveals insight, in regard, to the early beginnings, when it comes to the different civilizations, that had made a significant impact, from within the human race. Now what this basically means, is that the Word of God had given us insight into an era, that dealt with how the human race, had begun to develop different cultures, and technologies, from within itself.
Now I know that this may seem trivial to most. But I want you to know, that personally, I find this recorded account to be extremely fascinating and interesting. And the reason why I believe this to be, deals with the simple fact, that even if you were to trace the ancestry of each civilization that exists today, you will find that they all, would eventually trace back, to the Table of Nations.
Now personally, what I find to be very interesting -- is that the Sacred Record reveals in the very next chapter (which is Genesis the 11th chapter) how mankind had decided to try it's first attempt, at establishing some sort of one world power, or government... if you prefer -- through what would eventually be known as The Tower of Babel. And it would be during this time, that the Sacred Record informs us, that God would destroy this tower, before the human race was able to finish it.
And it's for this reason, that from this point forward, God would divide the human race, by confusing its language, from amongst itself. And on top of this, God would also scatter mankind abroad. Now I want you to notice, how quickly all of this had happened, right after the record, that dealt with the Table of Nations.
Now I'm basically pointing all of this out, for I want you to know, that during the time, that the Table of Nations record was presented -- understand that the human race had not yet been divided. For I want to make it clear, that mankind was still operating as a whole. Now perhaps, this is why this particular record, often goes unnoticed by most Bible teachers and church leaders? For it's possible, that most, would simply see the Table of Nations -- as just being another genealogy record. Perhaps?
But I also want you to know, that I hold true to the notion, that there's more to this record. For I like to look at it from a prophetic type of perspective. And the reason for this approach, deals with the fact, that the human race would indeed, end up being divided and scatter abroad, shortly after the Table of Nations had been recorded.
But you know what? I'll go ahead and play nice, by leaving this matter alone for right now :) Besides, it time for us to move forward. Wouldn't you agree? Okay then, let's go forth. Now after the record that dealt with the Table of Nations -- we were then introduced, to what most would call Patriarchal Stage. And again, it's from within this stage, where we'd learned about Israel's great patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
However, when it comes to our current stage -- a stage that most would call: The Exodus Stage. Now if you have been following along for awhile, you'd know how I hate labeling things -- but for the sake of studying and some extra clarity, I'd like to think that it's definitely worth mentioning, when it comes to this next phase that we're about to enter and journey through.
Nonetheless, with that being stated -- understand that the The Exodus
Stage title, is what I see as a rather broad term. And I'm pointing this
out, because such a title, could cause one to overlook some very
important things -- especially from the very beginning of its
And it's for this reason, I tend to approach this stage with tremendous patience, and with an eye for detail. For I've found, that if one were to rush into this Exodus stage, there's a tendency for one to delve right into the record, that deals with Moses and his divine calling. Now personally, I like to think, that this would be a very big mistake on ones part.
Now my excuse for this type of thinking, when it comes to one's approach for this next stage. Deals with the notion, that I believe, that there's some very important information, that the Word of God reveals to us, which starts at the very beginning of this stage's content makeup.
Now the reason why I find this information to be crucial... deals with the idea, that it sets the stage on what's happening from within the Egyptian kingdom, at this point in history. And on top of this, the Sacred Record also sheds some insight, on why the Israelites ended up paying the price of bondage, for a season. Now I also like to think, that this information does a good job of aligning the Sacred Scriptures, alongside a secular historic record -- which in turn, helps to add more validity and credibility, when it comes to God's Word.
Ahem... Honestly, I know that I will be rebuked for that last statement -- as there will be some that will stress: "That the Word of God needs no defense. For we shouldn't have to remind you Antonio, that it can stand on its own." And you know what? I totally agree. But since it's in the Sacred Scriptures -- then may I ask you: What's wrong with mentioning it?
However that may be... know that the information that I'm referring to, deals with the first fourteen Scriptures from within the first chapter of Exodus. Now I want you to know, that it's from within these first fourteen Scriptures, that we are told about Israel's tremendous growth in population, and the prosperity that they were enjoying. Now also, form within these first fourteen Scriptures, know that there is the mentioning of the rise of a new Pharaoh, which is a Pharaoh that's now being revealed to us.
And on top of this, know that the Sacred Record also tells us, that this new Pharaoh did not know about Joseph, or his past contributions to the land of Egypt. For these were contributions, that had brought the Egyptian empire, through a major seven year famine, that had ravaged their lands, not so long ago:
"Joseph died, along with all his brothers, and all that generation that had lived during his day. But in spite of this, the children of Israel were fruitful, as they'd increased abundantly, while multiplying, as they'd grew exceedingly mighty. And it's for this reason, that the land was filled with them. And it was at that time, that there arose a new king over Egypt. For he was a king, who did not know Joseph." -- Exodus 1:6-8
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