Welcome back to the History of Israel, here in part two we are continuing Joseph being sent into Egypt. Here comes the deliverance by God, through the very son they sent into Egypt. A famine hits the land of Canaan, which forced Israel (Jacob) to send his sons into Egypt to buy food. Why is Egypt not affected by the famine.
They were, but in the process of time, Joseph went from being a servant/slave, to being wrongfully jailed and imprisoned. He then used his gift of interpreting dreams to foresee a famine and how the nation of Egypt would be able to sustain this famine.
He was promoted to viceroy of Egypt because of his interpretation and plan. As vice of Egypt, he received the opportunity to be united with his brothers, yes, the same brothers who sold him into Egypt. This is the history of Israel, because while this is still a small family, they are about to explode!
The History of Israel Part Two: From Joseph to Caleb
After Joseph revealed himself to his brothers, he sent for his father, Israel (Jacob). Once in the land of Egypt, all of Jacob’s sons began to procreate with the daughters of Egypt. After Joseph’s generation, the children of Israel really exploded in numbers. This was to the great concern of the Egyptian government.
It got to the point where they began to ill-treat the Hebrew Israelites. After four hundred years and some change, Egypt began to be very harsh. This led Israel to entreat the Lord for help. They needed the pressure to be taken off of them and the Lord heard them and sent them a savior.
In the year 1576 BCE, the child Moses was born. It was during the 17th and 18th dynasty of Egypt under the Pharaoh KaMose that Moses was born. KaMose’s daughter adopted the Levite child who was sent up the Nile river. His parents floated him away from the gross oppressive act Egypt enlisted of murdering Hebrew babies.
Moses Fled from Egypt
With his sister Miriam watching, Moses was delivered and raised as an Egyptian royal. Moses, however, was raised privately by his natural family because his mother was his hired nanny. As he grew, he grew tired of the treatment his people endured from the Egyptians.
Moses finally, in a bit of rage, murdered an Egyptian guard who was overtly reprimanding a fellow Hebrew. Once this became known, this caused Moses to flee Egypt. He fled from the pharaoh, Ahmose. The Lord met Moses in the land of Midian through an angel by the burning bush.
Moses was commanded to return to Egypt and deliver God’s people, and his people. He would do this through the power of the Lord God Almighty. The Lord even revealed His name to Moses, which He hadn’t done with Abraham and the rest of the fathers of Israel.
Ahmose and His Son
Moses returned to Egypt as commanded with his brother Aaron and they sought the audience of the Pharaoh, Ahmose. They pleasantly demanded the children of Israel depart from Egypt in order for them to go serve their God in the wilderness. The Pharaoh refused, and even claimed to have never heard of a God by the name Yahawaha or YHWH.
After much pounding, the Pharaoh was convinced and released the Hebrews (children of Israel) to go serve their God. It cost the Pharaoh Ahmose his oldest son, and the destruction of his country. The children of Israel went into Egypt after Joseph was sold there.
They were, at the time, a total of seventy (70) male souls when they went into Egypt. They came out six hundred thousand males alone, who were foot soldiers. This did not include the women and children, nor the strangers (non-Israelites) who faithfully decided to leave the now destroyed Egypt with Israel.
Complaining and Murmuring to God
After the children of Israel came out of Egypt, during the initial Passover, they came into the wilderness. They began to realize life will not be the same; things will be different. They were not in their traditional city or even country lifestyle they were living in, while in Egypt.
This culture shock of now dwelling in the wilderness took a toll on them. While the Lord prepared to give them the land of Canaan, which was already fully dressed, but still currently occupied, the children of Israel grew impatient, disgruntled, and offensive.
The Israelites began to complain and murmur to Moses, which was really complaining and murmuring to the Lord God of Israel. It strongly displeased both Moses and the Lord, yet the Lord suffered it so. The Lord God met with the entire congregation of the children of Israel on the Mount Sinai.
Above all the Nations of the Earth
God introduced Himself as The Sovereign Lord and King of the nation Israel. He gave them the Royal Covenant, which today is known as the Ten Commandments. The Lord declared that if the children of Israel kept His Covenant and obeyed His voice, even they would become a peculiar nation to Him.
They would be above all the nations in the earth. They would become a kingdom of priests to the Lord. The children of Israel were given laws, statutes, and judgements that were for their prosperity. They only had to obey the voice of the Lord, keep His ways, and adhere to His Royal Covenant.
One day, God had a conclave with Moses, and while Moses was away, the children of Israel completely rebelled against their covenant. Moses was gone for forty days and nights, and the people vehemently compelled Aaron to take over from Moses.
They compelled him to make them an image of a god who they can credit as leading them out of Egypt and who would protect them. They made an idol in the shape of a young bull and they began to feast around and celebrate it. The Lord nearly killed them all, but Moses interceded.
However, as merciful as the Lord is, the Lord still does not by any means, clear the guilty. The Lord decided not to go with them into the land of Canaan personally. Instead, the Lord would give them an angel as their guide. Yet still, the children of Israel murmured and complained.
They blamed Moses for tricking them, for misleading them, and for ruining their lives and the lives of their children. They claimed that they had it good as slaves in Egypt. However, now they were free but in the wilderness living horribly.
Here Comes the 70 Elders
They blamed Moses for the establishment of a priesthood that was mysteriously governed and headed by Aaron, his brother. Many of the princes of the tribes began to grumble against the Lord to Moses. Moses by the instructions of God and by his own requests ordained seventy elders in Israel to help Moses lead and manage the people.
Moses endured a lot; his brother and sister became jealous of him. Miriam was seriously reprimanded for not fearing God enough to talk against His leader Moses. The children of Israel had a defeating blow against them that changed much of their beginnings as a nation.
They organized twelve men to go spy the land of Canaan and they were supposed to bring back the report. Ten of the men reported that the land was good, that it flowed with milk and honey. However, simultaneously, those ten men also reported that the people in the land were too strong for God and Israel to take down.
They reported that the Anakims were there and the city was walled making it very difficult to break into. Essentially, they complained that they would not be able to take the Canaanites down. As they spoke, Caleb the son of Jephunneh from the tribe of Judah spoke up.
He calmed the men down of their negative report and told Moses that Israel can take the land. In fact, “Let’s go take it now!”
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