God’s Purpose, Pattern, and Promise!

 KEY SCRIPTURE

Exo. 1:15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: 16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live. 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive. 18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive? 19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. 20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

While God’s purpose for us is to: (1) live a life that pleases Him (Rev. 4:11); (2) to “be fruitful and multiply, and have dominion (Gen. 1:28)”, His pattern includes (1) creating, (2) classifying, (3) empowering, (4) expanding, (5) regulating, (6) galvanizing, and (7) resting. It should be realized that we have to undergo this seven-step process in order to achieve our ultimate purpose! As pertaining to this story, let’s examined the first four steps. After creating Man, God reveals His “chosen people” (Gen. 9:26), calls Abram, and promises that “all families of earth…” are blessed thru him (Gen. 12:1-4). As Egyptian slaves the Israelites now seek a Deliverer, NOT just to free the Jews, but to also further God’s purpose so that all can enjoy God’s promise.

In this story, Egypt represents people who are unconcerned with Yahweh’s purpose, seeking prosperity with no regards to His promises, and is the world’s greatest civilization at the time. Their focus is bringing glory to themselves by afflicting the Jews with an ideology (belief system) of task-orientation. This system prioritizes the attaining of goals over the concerns of the well-being of people. Imagine the world of a toddler who spends the majority of his time in a care-free existence. Leisure would be the only aspect of life that would be “real” or relevant to him. As a parent you know that there’s a reality beyond his scope, and you have the duty to prepare him for it. You know, for example, that he will soon have to enter into the school system, and the question is what ideology will you employ (wittingly or not) to get him ready?

Utilizing a task-orientation system will force the child to “perform”, that is to say attend school, although it’s likely that he will do it in a perfunctory (robot-like) manner. There is little probability that the child would grasp the idea that this undertaking is for his betterment, but indeed is simply drudgery. So, as soon as he is able to overcome the fear of your “whip”, he most likely will seek to extricate himself from his perceived “predicament”. Conversely, by indoctrinating the toddler with a purpose-driven ideology, he is motivated to reap benefits by first becoming an asset. In one system he will find drudgery, in the other – rewards! In the first example there may be only little, if any, positively transference of high expectations, ideals, or standards. In the second instance the child is inspired to achieve his goal by taking the right direction, and realizes that his future gain is part of a greater initiative yielding greater compensation.

Egypt couldn’t allow Israel to have their hope for a Deliverer realized, so in the KEY SCRIPTURE we see that Israelite midwives are ordered to kill newborn Jewish sons. It should go without saying that to kill the “seeds” of a nation would kill its growth, averting it from its purpose of being blessed. Referring back to the toddler reared by task-orientation, imagine how he now has a son whose chance for completing school is also dismal. With the continuation of this cyclic occurrence it can readily be seen how it would negatively impact a community. Such a community would develop a virtual “slave mentality”, ceasing to want to be “fruitful and multiply”, while living only for handouts (personal, governmental, spiritual, etc.).  

It must be noted that the slave mentality starts with a slippage in spirituality, which is defined as the quality or condition of being spiritual or saintly. “Jesus answered them, ‘verily, verily, I say unto you, whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin (Jhn. 8:34). This mentality runs afoul of God’s desire of vitality, prosperity, and a peaceful posterity for us. On the other hand, God can bless us even when we’re in the bonds of physical slavery! Look at how He treated Shiphrah and Puah in the KEY SCRIPTURE for not following the Pharaohic decree to kill newborn Jewish boys. In Jhn. 10:28 Jesus said, “and fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Instead of fearing a mortal king, these two chose to follow “the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen (I Tim. 1:17).”

An important lesson that this story illustrates is that we are not righteous based on what we think is right. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts (Prv. 21:2).” Additionally, it should be realized that Egypt considered itself spiritual with 1,500 gods and goddesses. 

(http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/religion.htm)   

He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered (Prv. 28:26).” When a thought enters our head we must use judgment to determine whether or not we should follow that thought. The guiding principle required for this endeavor is found in Mat. 6:33, which reads, “but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” It’s written that only God is good (Mat. 19:17), that He is love (I Jhn. 4:8, 16), and that “love worketh no ill to his neighbour (Rom. 13:10)…” Read Mat. 22:36-40.

Another lesson is that… without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6).” God is NOT a man (Num. 23:19), but a Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Jhn. 4:24; Gal. 5:22-23) who influences thoughts; thoughts influences behavior; behavior habits, which creates our character. The fool hath said in his heart, ‘there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good(Psa. 14:1; 53:1).” Wisdom has varying degrees, just as foolishness, which has its affect on our perspective, ideology, character, and even our religious beliefs. Entities incongruent (dissimilar) to God’s Spirit shall vanquish! But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it (Prv. 2:22).”

THE WORLD’S MAJOR RELIGIONS BY SIZE  

Christianity       1758.8        “Follower of Christ”

Moslem               935.0        “Submit to God”

Non-religious     866.0         Unbeliever

Hindu                  705.0         Duties, Rebirth, Karma, Soul Liberation, and Yoga

Buddhist              303.0        Enlightened; 8-Fold Path

Atheist                233.0        Secularism

Other                  219.3        Skeptic

Chinese              180.0        Ethical, Moral, And Social Values

Tribal                   92.0        Local-Driven

Jewish                  17.4        Laws, Commandments, Statutes, And Judgments

These figures, taken from the World Almanac 1992, are in millions, and shows that Christianity is the most popular religion, with love as its tenet. However, Jesus did say, “when once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open unto us’; and He shall answer and say unto you, ‘I know you not whence ye are:’ (Luk. 13:25) 

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One Response to “God’s Purpose, Pattern, and Promise!”

  1. compassiondave Says:

    Greetings in the Name of Jesus!

    WORDPRESS says that our two blogs are related, so I came by to look–Please stop by my blog and let me know what you think: Jesus + Compassion.

    God bless you!

    Cd

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