"I believe the holier a man becomes, the more he mourns over the unholiness which remains in him." ~ Charles Spurgeon
Each time I read the Word of God, something new jumps out at me. This time it seems to be "oppression". The contradiction between what the bible says and what individuals paraphrasing the scriptures state, is very frustrating to me! I have heard advice be given, "Cover it with love." Forgiveness is one thing and foolishness is quite another. (Please forgive me if my words come across as harsh. That is not my intention.)
An Example of Oppression and God's Response
Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. (Exodus 1:11. ESV.)
Pharaoh was fearful God's people would become too great in number and rise up against him. So, he began to abuse, control, and destroy them. He made an order to the "midwives":
"When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live." (Exodus 1:16. ESV.)
But the "midwives" were fearful of God and did not do as Pharaoh ordered.
20 So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. (Exodus 1:20-21. ESV.)
But Pharaoh would not be thwarted:
22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.” (Exodus 1:22. ESV.)
God Heard His People
...the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. (Exodus 2:23. ESV.)
And God responded! I firmly believe God still hears us today...and answers! Just as He sent Moses to free His people from the tyranny of Pharaoh, God gives us obedient brothers and sisters in Christ to assist with that for which we call out to Him. I do not place faith in coincidences or luck. It is my opinion, God is sovereign (Romans 9)...which is why we pray to Him and ask for the desires of our heart, right? I do not even put complete trust in men because we are all sinners and let each other down from time to time...whether we mean to or not.
He who does these things shall never be moved
O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
and speaks truth in his heart;
3 who does not slander with his tongue
and does no evil to his neighbor,
nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
4 in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
but who honors those who fear the LORD;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 who does not put out his money at interest
and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved. (Psalm 15:1-5.ESV.)
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