ONE GOD ONE PEOPLE - AN INVALUABLE COMPENDIUM OF GOD'S SECRETS

Dedication

Preface

Introduction:"ONE GOD!! ONE PEOPLE!! "

  1. GOD, MAN, SPIRIT

  2. SIN, SALVATION AND PRAYER

  3. GOD'S PLAN FOR HIS PEOPLE

  4. THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD

  5. WHY SHOULD THE LORD JESUS SUFFER AND DIE FOR SINNERS ?

  6. CHRISTIANS, END-TIME, MILLENNIUM, JUDGMENT, HELL AND KINGDOM OF GOD

  7. THE HOLY BIBLE AND TRUE WORSHIP

  8. REVELATION ABOUT ETERNAL LIGHT AND ETERNAL KINGDOM

  9. BESTOWAL OF DIVINE EXPERIENCE

  10. GOD'S MINISTERS OR SERVANTS

  11. FOODS, GREETINGS AND FESTIVALS

  12. BAPTISM AND LORD'S SUPPER OR HOLY COMMUNION

  13. THE LORD'S CHURCH

  14. CHRISTIANITY

  15. THE LAST DAY

  16. GOD IS WONDERFUL ! GOD IS TERRIBLE ! GOD'S FINAL CALL TO BE THE ONE PEOPLE !

A Prayer of Adoration

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9.21   THE LORD GOD’S PROMISES TO ABRAHAM

Abraham lived in the land of Canaan, the Promised Land. Abraham believed the LORD GOD, and HE counted it to him as righteousness. After Lot had parted from him, the LORD GOD said to Abraham (Abram),

“Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed (descendants) for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.” Genesis 13:14-17

“After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, LORD GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell (count) the stars, if thou be able to number them: and HE said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and HE counted it to him for righteousness. And HE said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.”
Genesis 15:1-2, 5-7

9.22    THE LORD GOD’S COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM

Further, the LORD GOD made a covenant with Abraham (Abram), saying, 

“Unto thy seed (descendants) have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”
Genesis 15:18-21

9.23    EVERLASTING COVENANT

When Abraham (Abram) was ninety-nine years old, the LORD GOD appeared to him and said,  

“I am the Almighty GOD; walk before ME, and be thou perfect. And I will make MY covenant between ME and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.”
 Genesis 17:1-2

And Abraham (Abram) fell on his face. And GOD talked with him, saying,

“As for ME, behold, MY covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither (No longer) shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish MY covenant between ME and thee and thy seed (descendants) after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a GOD unto thee, and to thy seed (descendants) after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their GOD.”
Genesis 17:4-8

This everlasting covenant guarantees Israel the right of possession of Canaan as an earthly inheritance for ever. Thus, the Israelites or Jews have a rightful claim to this land of Canaan as long as the earth shall stand. The LORD GOD, the divine landlord gave this permanent title deed to Israel, HIS son. Praise the LORD! Alleluia!
Then, the LORD GOD said to Abraham,

“As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.”
Genesis 17:15-16

Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart,

“Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?”
Genesis 17:17

And Abraham said to the LORD GOD,

“O that Ishmael might live before thee!”
Genesis 17:18

And the LORD GOD said to Abraham,

“Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish MY covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed (descendants) after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.”
Genesis 17:19-21

Ishmael was the son of Abraham and his mother was Hagar, an Egyptian maidservant of Sarai. Now, GOD promised Isaac; and HE established HIS covenant with Isaac, but HE did not establish HIS covenant with Ishmael. Isaac was a child of promise, but Ishmael was not a child of promise. 

Now, Abram's name was changed by the LORD GOD as Abraham, which means father of many nations. He is the father of all the believers of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. Sarai's name was changed by the LORD GOD as Sarah, which means mother of nations. She is the mother of all the believers of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST.   Praise the LORD! Alleluia!

9.24    THE COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION

Further, the LORD GOD had established circumcision as a sign of the covenant. Circumcision was to serve as an outward sign of inward dedication to GOD. But it was not a true circumcision; it was not a spiritual circumcision. Circumcision denotes a cutting off or removal.  This circumcision was a fleshly circumcision; this circumcision was a physical circumcision. This circumcision was only for male people and it was done with hands outwardly.

Again, the true circumcision or the spiritual circumcision is in the removal of the foreskins of the heart. This true and spiritual circumcision is in the putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of CHRIST. This circumcision is not a physical circumcision and it is not made with hands outwardly. This circumcision is an inward circumcision by the Spirit of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. By this spiritual or inward circumcision, the sinful nature or fleshly nature of the body is removed by CHRIST. This most glorious spiritual circumcision is for all; this circumcision is for both male and female people. The saved people when they receive immersion Baptism as per the commandment of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST will receive this most glorious spiritual or inward circumcision. Praise the LORD! Alleluia!

“Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest MY fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.” Jeremiah 4:4

“In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of CHRIST.” Colossians 2:11

“For as many of you as have been baptized into CHRIST have put on CHRIST. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in CHRIST JESUS. And if ye be CHRIST’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Galatians 3:27-29

“For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of GOD.”
Romans 2:28-29

Again, Abraham was the friend of GOD.

“And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed GOD, and it was imputed (accounted) unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of GOD.” 
James 2:23

9.25   SODOM AND GOMORRAH

Lot was in the wicked Sodom. He had a wife and two daughters. The cry of Sodom and Gomorrah was so great and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were grievous sinners. Their sins cried out for punishment. The LORD GOD decided to destroy the wicked Sodom and Gomorrah and HE revealed HIS decision to HIS friend Abraham. See Genesis 18:17-21. 

“...the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, ... their sin is very grievous. ”
Genesis 18:20 

9.26   ABRAHAM INTERCEDED FOR SODOM

So, Abraham interceded for the wicked Sodom. See Genesis 18:22-33. 
 But evidently there were not even ten righteous. Therefore the cities had to be destroyed. In all likelihood, Lot was the only 'just' man there. He was the only righteous man there. Lot was greatly oppressed with the filthy conduct of the wicked. While dwelling among them, Lot was greatly tormented in his righteous soul day after day,  seeing and hearing about their lawless deeds. 

“And delivered just Lot, vexed (oppressed) with the filthy conversation (conduct) of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed (tormented) his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)”
II Peter 2:7-8

9.27    TWO ANGELS VISITED LOT

Now, two angels of the LORD arrived at Sodom one evening. At that time, Lot was sitting in the gateway of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose up to meet them; and he bowed down with his face to the ground. He requested them greatly to stay in his house. So they went into his house. Lot set a great feast before them and they ate. See Genesis 19:1-3.

9.28    THE WICKEDNESS OF THE PEOPLE OF SODOM

But, before they had gone to bed, all the men of the wicked Sodom, both old and young, surrounded the house. They called to Lot and said to him, 

“Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.”
Genesis 19:5  

And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, and said,

“I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.”
Genesis 19:7

The word 'know' here refers to homosexuality or sodomy. The people of Sodom were great homosexuals or sodomites or gay persons or poofs or poofters or lesbians. Homosexuality is a great sin against GOD and homosexuals are great sinners against GOD. A lesbian relationship (lesbianism) is a great sin against GOD and lesbians are great sinners against GOD. But, GOD forgives those who repent of their sins (those who confess and forsake their sins) and put their trust in JESUS CHRIST for eternal life.

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

Then the people of Sodom pressed sore upon Lot and came near to break down the door. But the two angels inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. They struck the men who were at the door of the house, both old and young, with blindness so that they could not find out the door. The two angels said to Lot,

“Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.”  Genesis 19:12-13

So, Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, and said,

Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city.”
Genesis 19:14

But his sons-in-law did not believe his words and they thought that he was joking.  

9.29    LOT DELIVERED

When it was morning, the two angels hurried Lot up, saying,

“Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.” Genesis 19:15

While he hesitated, the two angels grasped his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters and brought them safely out of the city, for the LORD GOD was merciful to him. As soon as the angels had brought them out, the LORD GOD said,

“Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.” Genesis 19:17

In the meantime, Lot requested the LORD GOD to allow him to go into a nearby small city to spare his soul. And the LORD said to Lot,

“See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither (arrive there).”Genesis 19:21-22

Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. 'Zoar' means 'small'.
The righteous Lot was among those who suffered loss: but he himself was saved, as one escaping through fire (I Corinthians 3:15).

9.30    LOT’S WIFe BECAME A PILLAR OF SALT

By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen upon the earth.  Then the LORD GOD has destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah by the rain of burning sulphur. But Lot's wife looked back from behind him, and became a pillar of salt. 

“Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And HE overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”
Genesis 19:24-26
 
Lot's wife lingered behind, thinking about her worldly possessions. Lot's wife did not run for her life, as commanded by the LORD GOD. So her soul was lost. Now, spiritual life is a run towards GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. To save the life of the soul, everyone should run towards GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Praise the LORD! Alleluia!

“Wherefore seeing (since) we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto JESUS the author (originator) and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before HIM endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of GOD. For consider HIM that endured such contradiction (hostility) of sinners against HIMSELF, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:1-3

“...But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of GOD in CHRIST JESUS.”
Philippians 3:13-14

Lot's wife looked back as against the commandment of GOD. She looked back at the unwanted worldly things; she looked back at the corruptible things; she did not forget the unwanted worldly things behind; she did not forget the corruptible things behind; she did not look at the incorruptible things ahead; she did not remember the incorruptible things ahead; she did not look at the incorruptible world, the kingdom of GOD ahead; and she did not remember the incorruptible world, the kingdom of heaven ahead. Therefore, she lost her precious life and her soul was not delivered from death.  

Lot's wife stayed in the plain as against the commandment of the LORD GOD. The plain means the broad way that leads to eternal destruction in hell. 

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
St. Matthew 7:13-14

Lot's wife did not run to the mountain, as commanded by GOD. Thus she lost her soul. The Mountain means 'the Rock'. The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is the spiritual Rock or the spiritual Mountain. The source of supply of the spiritual food and the spiritual drink is CHRIST, the Rock; and the source of supply of ordinary food and ordinary drink to all people of the world is also CHRIST, the LORD GOD. Praise the LORD! Alleluia!

“And did all eat the same spiritual meat (food); And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was CHRIST.” I Corinthians 10:3-4

Our LORD JESUS CHRIST used this incident as a warning to everyone not to look back (St. Luke 17:21-33). Lot's wife lingered behind and looked back on her worldly possessions, and was buried. 

9.31   SODOM, GOMORRAH, ADMAH AND ZEBOIIM destROYED

Then Abraham got up early in the morning and went to the place where he had stood before the LORD GOD. He looked towards Sodom and Gomorrah, and towards all the land of the plain and he saw the dense smoke of the cities of the plain went up as the smoke of a furnace. The LORD GOD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah by the rain of burning sulphur. When the LORD GOD destroyed the cities of the plain, HE remembered Abraham and he delivered Lot and his two daughters. Praise the LORD! Alleluia!

“And it came to pass, when GOD destroyed the cities of the plain, that GOD remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when HE overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.”
Genesis 19:29

Now, the LORD GOD had destroyed not only Sodom and Gomorrah but also Admah and Zeboiim due to their terrible sins. Sodom and Gomorrah were surrounded by Admah and Zeboiim. The LORD GOD destroyed Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim by the rain of burning sulphur.

“And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in HIS anger, and in HIS wrath.”
Deuteronomy 29:23

Further, the great deliverance of Lot from Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim reveals the great fact that GOD will deliver HIS own people, the righteous or the saints from the coming judgment and hell. But, the great destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim reveals the great fact that GOD will punish the ungodly sinners by fire and brimstone eternally. Again, the destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim by burning them to ashes is a clear example of what is going to happen to the ungodly sinners and the sinful world and what will be the great punishment to the ungodly sinners.

“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance (punishment) of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.”
Jude 7-8 

“And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after (afterward) should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The LORD knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot (revel) in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting (revellings in) themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.” 
II Peter 2:6-10, 12-15

At present, Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim appear as the Dead sea or the Salt sea. 

9.32    THE BIRTH OF ISAAC

Now, as the LORD GOD had promised, Sarah bore a son, Isaac to Abraham. Isaac was the miraculously born son of Abraham and Sarah. When Abraham was a hundred years old, Isaac was born to him.  Isaac was a child of promise, but Ishmael was not a child of promise. Ishmael mocked Isaac. Therefore, Sarah advised Abraham to send Hagar, the bondwoman and her son Ishmael away.

“...Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bond-woman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” Galatians 4:30

“And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son. And GOD said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.” Genesis 21:9-12 

Then Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away as per the commandment of GOD. Thus, Abraham had with him only one son Isaac. Again, Abraham feared GOD and he was ready to do the will of GOD always.

9.33    THE LORD GOD TESTED ABRAHAM

Further, the LORD GOD tested Abraham. HE asked Abraham to offer his only son Isaac as a burnt offering or sacrifice. While Abraham was about to give his only son Isaac as a sacrifice, the LORD GOD called to Abraham from heaven and prevented him. See Genesis 22:1-14. 

Now, Abraham's very stable faith in the LORD GOD is very clearly revealed to all.

“By faith Abraham, when he was tried (tested), offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that GOD was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” Hebrews 11:17-19

‘Figure’ means ‘figurative sense’.

Then the LORD GOD called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said,

“By MYSELF have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed (descendants) as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed MY voice.” Genesis 22:16-18

Abraham obeyed GOD; he believed GOD; he loved GOD; he feared GOD; and he was righteous before the LORD GOD. Praise the LORD! Alleluia!

9.34    THE BIRTH OF JACOB (ISRAEL)

Now, Rebekah was the wife of Isaac. He had two sons, namely Esau and Jacob. Esau was Jacob's twin brother. He was the first-born. Jacob was born clutching the heel of his twin brother. See Genesis 25:19-26. 

9.35    ESAU SOLD HIS BIRTHRIGHT TO JACOB (ISRAEL)

The first-born was given two shares in the family inheritance, instead of the single share that each of his younger brothers received. The first-born should accept more responsibility and he should be rewarded with honour. But Esau considered the responsibilities and honours unimportant. He totally neglected them. He disregarded and despised his birthright and he sold his birthright to Jacob for a single meal. Thus, he lost both his birthright and blessing to Jacob. Due to his total neglect of his god-given birthright, he lost his royal priesthood and royal kingship (Hebrews 12:16-17; Revelation 1:6).     

“And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage (stew); for I am faint: ... And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.” Genesis 25:30-34

“Lest there be any fornicator, or profane (godless) person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat (food) sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited (wanted to inherit) the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.”
Hebrews 12:16-17

Before the birth of Esau and Jacob, the LORD GOD has said to Rebekah,

“...The elder shall serve the younger.”
Genesis 25:23

This was a startling revelation about Esau and Jacob. Jacob was a good-natured man. Hence he got the blessings of GOD.

“...Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.”
Genesis 25:27

9.36    THE LORD GOD’S COVENANT WITH ISAAC
Then the LORD GOD appeared to Isaac and said, 

“Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed (descendants) to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed MY voice, and kept MY charge, MY commandments, MY statutes, and MY laws.” Genesis 26:2-5

Thus, the Abrahamic covenant was confirmed with Isaac. Praise the LORD! Alleluia!

9.37    JACOB (ISRAEL) OBTAINED ISAAC’S BLESSING

Now, Isaac favoured and loved the profane Esau, but the LORD GOD favoured and loved the good-natured Jacob. Jacob would be the head over Isaac's household. This was the will of GOD. So GOD blessed Jacob through his father Isaac, even though his father wanted to bless Esau. GOD's will and HIS prophecy were fulfilled. 

“And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed: Therefore GOD give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be  lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.”
Genesis 27:26-29

Then Jacob's name was changed to Israel when he wrestled with the angel of the LORD or the LORD GOD. HE blessed him there. 'Israel' means 'May GOD Prevail (for HIM)'. See Genesis 32:24-30; Hosea 12:3-5. 

9.38    THE LORD GOD’S COVENANT WITH JACOB (ISRAEL) 

The LORD GOD appeared to Jacob at Bethel and made HIS covenant with Jacob (Israel). Jacob had a dream in which he saw a ladder resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of god were ascending and descending on it. The LORD GOD stood above it and said,

“I am the LORD GOD of Abraham thy father, and the GOD of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed (descendants); And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.” Genesis 28:13-15

Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said,

“Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of GOD, and this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:16-17

This vision and Jacob's response to this vision reveal that he was a true believer of GOD.

9.39     THE LORD GOD BLESSED JACOB (ISRAEL)

Again, the LORD GOD appeared to Jacob at Bethel and blessed him.  The LORD GOD said to him, 

“Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. And GOD said unto him, I am GOD Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.”
Genesis 35:10-12

 

9.59 AARON'S APPOINTMENT
Then, the anger of the LORD GOD was kindled against Moses, and HE said,

" Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of GOD. And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand,wherewith thou shalt do signs." Exodus 4:14-17

Then, Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law, and said to him,

" Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive." Exodus 4:18

And Jethro said to Moses,

" Go in peace." Exodus 4:18

9.60 MOSES RETURNED TO EGYPT
Moses took the rod of GOD in his hand; and he returned to the land of Egypt with his wife and two sons. Then the LORD GOD said to Aaron,

" Go into the wilderness to meet Moses." Exodus 4:27

Aaron went and met Moses in the Mount of GOD, and kissed him. Moses told Aaron all the Words of the LORD GOD who had sent him, and all the signs which HE had commanded him to perform. Moses and Aaron went and brought together all the elders of the children of Israel. Aaron told them everything the LORD GOD had said to Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people, and they believed. When they heard that the LORD GOD had visited the children of Israel, and that HE had looked upon their affliction, they bowed down their heads and worshipped. See Exodus 4:27-31.

9.61 MOSES AND AARON WENT TO PHARAOH
Afterwards Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt and said,

" Thus saith the LORD GOD of Israel, Let MY people go, that they may hold a feast unto ME in the wilderness." Exodus 5:1

And Pharaoh said to Moses and Aaron,

" Who is the LORD, that I should obey HIS voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go." Exodus 5:2

And Moses and Aaron said to Pharaoh,

" The GOD of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our GOD; lest HE fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword." Exodus 5:3

9.62 PHARAOH'S CRUEL COMMAND
But Pharaoh did not allow the Israelites to go and hold a festival to the LORD GOD. The same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

" Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore (before): let them go and gather straw for themselves. And the tale (quota) of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish aught thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our GOD. Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words." Exodus 5:7-9

The taskmasters were brutal and hurried the people of Israel and the officers of the taskmasters whipped the people to complete the work. Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, saying,

" Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants? There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people." Exodus 5:15-16

But Pharaoh said to the officers of the Israelites,

" Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD. Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale (quota) of bricks." Exodus 5:17-18

The officers of the children of Israel saw that they were in a bad situation. They informed this matter to Moses and Aaron. Moses returned to the LORD GOD and said,

" LORD, wherefore hast THOU so evil entreated (brought trouble on) this people? why is it that THOU hast sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in THY name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast THOU delivered THY people at all." Exodus 5:22-23

9.63 THE COVENANT RENEWED WITH MOSES
Then the LORD GOD said to Moses,

" Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land." Exodus 6:1

The LORD GOD also said to Moses,

" I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of GOD Almighty, but by MY name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. And I have also established MY covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage (sojournings), wherein they were strangers (sojourners). And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered MY covenant. Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: And I will take you to ME for a people, and I will be to you a GOD: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your GOD, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD." Exodus 6:2-8

In Hebrew "GOD ALMIGHTY" is "EL SHADDAY". The name "GOD ALMIGHTY" conveys the concept of GOD's great power, great might and great strength. In Hebrew "JEHOVAH" is "YAHWEH" or "YHWH". The name "JEHOVAH" emphasizes the LORD GOD's most horrible and most terrible actions to redeem HIS people, the Israelites from bondage and to form a godly nation and to give them a good and happy life through HIS commandments and covenants. JEHOVAH, the LORD GOD is the great King and Israel is HIS kingdom. HIS people should render complete submission to HIM, allegiance to HIM and obedience to HIM. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!

9.64 MOSES' ROD TURNED INTO A SERPENT
Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD GOD had commanded them. When they spoke to Pharaoh, Moses was eighty years old and Aaron was eighty-three years old. Pharaoh asked them to show a miracle for them. At once, as the LORD GOD had commanded, Moses said to Aaron to take his rod, and cast it before Pharaoh. Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh called his wise men and his sorcerers and his Egyptian magicians. The Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their enchantments. They were Satan's "lying wonders". Each one cast down his rod and it became a serpent. But Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods. Now Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he refused to let the people go. See Exodus 7:7-14.

9.65 THE PLAGUE OF BLOOD
Then in the morning, as the LORD GOD had commanded, Moses went with his rod and waited on the bank of the river Nile to meet Pharaoh and told him about the coming plague of blood. But Pharaoh did not listen to the words of Moses. Then Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD GOD commanded. Aaron lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river Nile, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants. All the waters that were in the river were turned to blood, and the fish in the river died, and the river smelled so bad; and the Egyptians could not drink its water. The false gods of the Nile were made loathsome before the very eyes of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. There was blood everywhere in Egypt. But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their enchantments. They were Satan's "lying wonders". See II Thessalonians 2:9; St. Matthew 24:24. Again, Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he refused to let the people go. See Exodus 7:15-25.

9.66 THE PLAGUE OF FROGS
Seven days had gone by after the LORD had smitten the river. As the LORD GOD had commanded, Moses went and met Pharaoh and said about the coming plague of frogs. But Pharaoh did not listen to the words of Moses. Then Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD GOD commanded. Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt. The Egyptian magicians also did the same things with their enchantments. They were Satan's "lying wonders". See II Thessalonians 2:9; St. Matthew 24:24. Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said,

" Entreat (pray to) the LORD, that HE may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the LORD." Exodus 8:8

Moses allowed Pharaoh to specify the time when the frogs should be removed. Moses said to Pharaoh,

" Glory over me: when shall I entreat (pray) for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?" Exodus 8:9

And Pharaoh said,

" To morrow." Exodus 8:10

And Moses said,

" Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our GOD. And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only." Exodus 8:10-11

Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried to the LORD GOD because of the frogs, which HE had brought against Pharaoh. The LORD GOD did according to the word of Moses. The frogs died in the houses, in the villages and in the fields. They were piled into heaps and the land stank. But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and he did not listen to Moses and Aaron. See Exodus 8:12-15.

9.67 THE PLAGUE OF LICE
Then the LORD GOD said to Moses,

" Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt." Exodus 8:16

And they did so. All the dust of the land became lice (gnats) throughout all the land of Egypt. There were lice upon men and upon beasts. The Egyptian magicians could not bring lice with their enchantments. They could not reproduce their "lying wonders" with their enchantments. Now their "lying wonders" came to an end. There were lice upon the Egyptian king, and upon the Egyptian queen, and upon the Egyptian princes, and upon the king's households, and upon all the Egyptians. Also there were lice upon the Egyptian magicians. Then the Egyptian magicians were forced to admit that 'this is the finger of GOD' (this is the miraculous and powerful act of GOD). So they said to Pharaoh,

" This is the finger of GOD." Exodus 8:19

But Pharaoh's heart was hardened and he did not let the Israelites go.

9.68 THE PLAGUE OF FLIES
Then the LORD GOD said to Moses,

" Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let MY people go, that they may serve ME. Else, if thou wilt not let MY people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are. And I will sever (set apart) in that day the land of Goshen, in which MY people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth. And I will put a division between MY people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be." Exodus 8:20-23

And the LORD GOD did so. And GOD made a 'distinction' between the Egyptians and the Israelites. But Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also and he did not let the Israelites go.

9.69 THE PLAGUE ON THE CATTLE
Then the LORD GOD said to Moses,

" Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD GOD of the Hebrews, Let MY people go, that they may serve ME. For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain (severe pestilence). And the LORD shall sever (make a difference) between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children’s of Israel. And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land." Exodus 9:1-5

And the LORD GOD did so. Again GOD made a 'distinction' between the Egyptians and the Israelites. Here, by the plague on the cattle, the Egyptians' and Pharaoh's worship of various animals and animal-headed deities was severely rebuked and ridiculed. But the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the Israelites go.

9.70 THE PLAGUE OF BOILS
Then the LORD GOD said to Moses and Aaron,

" Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains (sores) upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt." Exodus 9:8-9

And they did so in the sight of Pharaoh, and festering boils broke out upon men and upon beasts. The Egyptian magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians. The boils were very painful and seriously affected their knees, legs and soles of their feet, and they spread from the soles of their feet to the top of their head (Deuteronomy 28:35), so the magicians could not stand before Moses. In Exodus 8:18 we see that the 'magicians' could not 'bring forth lice'; now the 'magicians' cannot even 'stand before Moses'. Now, the LORD GOD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he did not listen to Moses and Aaron.

9.71 THE PLAGUE OF HAIL
Then the LORD GOD said to Moses about the horrible plague of hail. And Moses said this to Pharaoh and his men. Those who feared the Word of the LORD GOD hurried to bring their servants and their livestock inside. But those who ignored the Word of the LORD GOD left their servants and their livestock in the field. Then the LORD GOD said to Moses,

" Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt." Exodus 9:22

When Moses stretched forth his rod towards heaven, the LORD GOD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD GOD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail. It was a very grievous hail in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. Throughout Egypt hail smote everything in the field, both men and animals; it smote down every herb of the field, and broke every tree of the field. But there was no hail in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were. Again GOD made a 'distinction' between the Egyptians and the Israelites. Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said to them,

" I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. Entreat (Pray to) the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer." Exodus 9:27-28

Then Moses said to Pharaoh,

" As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the LORD; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the LORD's. But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD GOD." Exodus 9:29-30

And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and when he spread abroad his hands to the LORD GOD, the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth. When Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart and he did not let the Israelites go.

9.72 THE PLAGUE OF LOCUSTS
Then Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said to him,

" Thus saith the LORD GOD of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before ME? let MY people go, that they may serve ME. Else, if thou refuse to let MY people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast (territory): And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field: And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day. ..." Exodus 10:3-6

Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh. Then the servants of Pharaoh said to him,

" How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their GOD: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?" Exodus 10:7

Then Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh and he said unto them,

" Go, serve the LORD your GOD: but who are they that shall go?" Exodus 10:8

And Moses said to Pharaoh,

" We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the LORD." Exodus 10:9

And Pharaoh said to Moses and Aaron,

" Let the LORD be so with you, as I will let you go, and your little ones: look to it; for evil is before you. Not so: go now ye that are men, and serve the LORD; for that ye did desire." Exodus 10:10-11

Then Moses and Aaron were driven out of Pharaoh's presence. And the LORD GOD said to Moses,

" Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left." Exodus 10:12

And Moses did so; and the LORD GOD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts; they went up over all the land of Egypt and settled down in all the coasts (territories) of Egypt; they were very grievous. Never before had there been such locusts, nor will there ever be again. They covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened. They did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruits of the trees which were left after the hail. There remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field in all the land of Egypt. See Exodus 10:13-15. Then Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said,

" I have sinned against the LORD your GOD, and against you. Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and entreat (pray to) the LORD your GOD, that HE may take away from me this death only." Exodus 10:16-17

Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to the LORD GOD. And the LORD GOD turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea. Not a single locust remained in all the coasts of Egypt. But the LORD GOD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let the children of Israel go.

9.73 THE PLAGUE OF DARKNESS
Then the LORD GOD said to Moses,

" Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt." Exodus 10:21

And Moses did so; there was thick darkness (total darkness) in the land of Egypt three days. No one could see anyone else or rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. See Exodus 10:22-23. Then Pharaoh summoned Moses, and said,

" Go ye, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you." Exodus 10:24

And Moses said to Pharaoh,

" Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the LORD our GOD. Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the LORD our GOD; and we know not with what we must serve the LORD, until we come thither." Exodus 10:25-26

But the LORD GOD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let them go. Pharaoh said to Moses,

" Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die." Exodus 10:28

9.40     THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL

Israel or Jacob had twelve sons. They were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad and Asher. They were the twelve tribes of Israel. The descendants of Israel are called the Israelites or the Jews. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were the forefathers of the Israelites or the Jews. They were the patriarchs of the Israelites or the Jews.  

9.41    JOSEPH

Joseph was the son of Rachel and Jacob or Israel. Joseph was good-natured and he was his father's favourite. He was handsome in form and appearance. He brought their father a bad report about his evil brothers. Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made him a coat of many colours. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him much. Joseph had a dream and he told it to his brothers. When they heard the dream, they hated him more. Then Joseph had another dream and he told that to his brothers. When they heard this dream, they were greatly jealous of him. Later, his jealous brothers sold Joseph into slavery to a passing caravan of Ishmaelites. Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. See Genesis 37.  

9.42    JOSEPH BECAME THE PRIME MINISTER tO PHARAOH, the KING OF EGYPT

the LORD GOD was with Joseph and by the grace of the LORD GOD, he rose to the position of grand Vizier or Prime Minister to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt by interpreting Pharaoh's dreams about seven years of great plenty and seven years of great famine. Joseph was eventually reconciled to his brothers. He then invited his father and his entire family to move into Egypt to escape this great famine. See Genesis 41-45.

9.43   JACOB (ISRAEL) WENT TO EGYPT

When Israel or Jacob feared to go to Egypt, the LORD GOD spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, 
“Jacob, Jacob.” 
Genesis 46:2
He said,
“Here am I.” 
Genesis 46:2
And the LORD GOD said,
“I am GOD, the GOD of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.”
Genesis 46:3-4
So, Jacob (Israel) went to Egypt.

9.44 JACOB (ISRAEL) BLESSED PHARAOH AND HIS OWN SONS

Jacob (Israel) with his descendants went to Egypt. Jacob met his beloved son Joseph. Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented him before Pharaoh. Jacob blessed Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Then he blessed his sons. Joseph received the blessing (double portion) of his father. See Genesis 47; 48; 49:1-28.

9.45    THE GREAT BELIEF OF JACOB (ISRAEL)

Jacob (Israel) instructed his sons that he be buried with his fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite, the cave in the field of Machpelah, before Mamre in the land of Canaan, where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah and Leah (wife of Jacob) had been buried. Abraham bought this cave field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite for a price of four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight currency among the merchants. This reflects the great belief of Jacob about the Promised Land of Canaan. As instructed by Jacob, his body was placed in the cave of Machpelah with other patriarchs Abraham and Isaac. See Genesis 49:29-33; 50:1-13.

9.46    JOSEPH COMFORTED HIS BROTHERS

After burying his father, Joseph returned to Egypt together with his brothers and all the others who had gone with him to bury Jacob.  Then Joseph's brothers thought that Joseph would hate them and pay them back for all their wrongdoings. So they sent a messenger to Joseph and asked him to forgive their sins and wrongdoings. They humbly asked Joseph to forgive the sins of the servants of the GOD of his father. When they spoke to him, Joseph wept. They went and fell down before his face; and they said,  

“Behold, we be thy servants.” 
Genesis 50:18

Now, the two dreams of Joseph were fully fulfilled. Joseph said to them,

“Fear not: for am I in the place of GOD? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but GOD meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.”
Genesis 50:19-21

9.47    THE GREAT BELIEF OF JOSEPH

Finally, Joseph said to his brothers, 

“I die: and GOD will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which HE sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, GOD will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.”
Genesis 50:24-25
‘I die’ means ‘I am dying’.

This reflects the great belief of Joseph about the Promised Land of Canaan. Then Joseph died at the age of hundred and ten. After they embalmed his body, it was placed in a coffin in Egypt.

9.48    THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL (THE ISRAELITES) IN EGYPT

Now the descendants of Jacob in Egypt numbered seventy in all. Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and became very numerous and the land was filled with them. See Exodus 1:1-7.
9.49    ISRAEL OPPRESSED BY A NEW KING

Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power.  The new Egyptian king said to his people, 

“Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.” 
Exodus 1:9-10

So, they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labour. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread. The Egyptians came to dread the children of Israel and extracted maximum work from them ruthlessly. They made their lives bitter with hard labour in mortar and brick and with all hard work in the fields. In all their hard labour, the Egyptians used them harshly.
The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew (Israelite) midwives,

“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.”
Exodus 1:16

But the midwives feared GOD and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do. They saved the men children alive. Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them,

“Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?”
Exodus 1:18

The midwives answered the Egyptian king Pharaoh,

“Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere (before) the midwives come in unto them.”
Exodus 1:19

9.50    PHARAOH’S VERY CRUEL ORDER

So GOD was very kind to the midwives and the Israelites increased and became very numerous. And because the midwives feared GOD, HE provided households for them.
Then Pharaoh gave a very cruel order to all his people:

“Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.”
Exodus 1:22

Because of this very cruel order of Pharaoh, many Israelite male children were thrown into the river Nile and killed. This very cruel act of Pharaoh kindled the terrible wrath of the LORD GOD against Egypt.

9.51    THE BIRTH OF MOSES (MOSHEH)

Now Moses was born in the tribe of Levi. When his mother saw that he was a goodly child, she hid him for three months. But when she could not hide him longer, she took an ark of bulrushes, and coated it with slime and with pitch (tar) and she placed the child in it and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the river Nile. His sister stood at a distance to know what would happen to him. Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the river to bathe, and her maidens were walking along the riverside. She saw the ark among the reeds and sent her maid to fetch it. When she opened it, she saw the child. The child was crying, and she had compassion on him, and said,

“This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
Exodus 2:6

Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter,

“Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?”
Exodus 2:7

Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go". And the maid went and called the child's mother. The Pharaoh's daughter said to her,

“Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. ...”
Exodus 2:9

So the woman took the child and nursed him. When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. Pharaoh's daughter called his name Moses (Mosheh) and she said,

“Because I drew him out of the water.”
Exodus 2:10

9.52    EARLY YEARS OF MOSES

Pharaoh's daughter nourished Moses and brought him up as her own.  Moses was specially educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel. He saw one of them being ill-treated and smitten by an Egyptian. So, Moses defended the Israelite and avenged him who was oppressed and killed the Egyptian. Moses thought his own people, the children of Israel would understand that GOD would deliver them by his hand, but they did not. The next day when he went out, he saw two Israelites fighting. He asked the one who did the wrong, why are you striking your fellow Israelite? But the man who did his brother wrong, pushed Moses away and said, 

“Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?”
Acts 7:27-28

9.53    MOSES FLED FROM EGYPT

When Moses heard this, he feared. When Pharaoh heard this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to Midian in the Sinai wilderness (Exodus 2:15) and settled there as a sojourner.  There he married Zipporah the daughter of Jethro (Reuel) and had two sons. 

9.54    THE CRY OF THE ISRAELITES

Then the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned because of their bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto GOD because of their slavery. The LORD GOD heard their groaning and HE remembered HIS covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. So the LORD GOD looked upon the Israelites and HE acknowledged them. See Exodus 2:23-25.

9.55    THE CALL OF MOSES

After forty years had passed, the LORD GOD appeared to Moses in a flame of fire from within a bush in Horeb, the mountain of GOD.  Moses saw that though the bush burned with fire, the bush was not consumed. So Moses said,  

“I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.”
Exodus 3:3

When the LORD GOD saw that he had turned aside to look, GOD called to him from within the bush,

“ Moses, Moses.”
Exodus 3:4

And Moses said,

“Here am I.”
Exodus 3:4

And the LORD GOD said to Moses,

“Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.”
Exodus 3:5
 ‘Draw not nigh hither’ means ‘do not draw near this place’.

Moreover, the LORD GOD said to Moses,

I am the GOD of thy father, the GOD of Abraham, the GOD of Isaac, and the GOD of Jacob.
Exodus 3:6
 
9.56 THE LORD GOD COMMISSIONED MOSES

At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look upon GOD.  And the LORD GOD said to Moses,

“I have surely seen the affliction of MY people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto ME: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth MY people the children of Israel out of Egypt.”
Exodus 3:7-10

But Moses said to GOD,

“Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 
Exodus 3:11

And the LORD GOD said to Moses,

“Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve GOD upon this mountain.”
Exodus 3:12

And Moses said to GOD,

“Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The GOD of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is HIS name? what shall I say unto them?”
Exodus 3:13

And the LORD GOD said to Moses,

I AM THAT I AM: and HE said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” 
Exodus 3:14

The great significance of the name of GOD given in this verse, "i am that i am" constitutes the great idea that the "i am" reveals GOD as the Being who is self-existent, and who, in HIMSELF, possesses eternal or everlasting life and eternal existence. Praise the LORD! Alleluia!

9.57    ROD OF MOSES

Moses had a rod in his hand to keep his father-in-law's flock of sheep. Moses said to GOD,

“But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.”
Exodus 4:1

And the LORD GOD said to Moses,

“What is that in thine hand?”
Exodus 4:2

And Moses said to GOD,

“A rod.” 
Exodus 4:2

And the LORD GOD said to Moses,

“Cast it on the ground.”
Exodus 4:3

Then Moses cast his rod on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. The LORD GOD said to Moses,

“Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.”
Exodus 4:4
Moses put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand.

9.58    SIGNS FOR MOSES

the LORD GOD said furthermore to Moses,

“Put now thine hand into thy bosom.”
Exodus 4:6

Moses put his hand into his bosom; and when he took it out, his hand was leprous as snow. And the LORD GOD said to Moses,

“Put thine hand into thy bosom again.”
Exodus 4:7

Moses put his hand into his bosom again; and when he plucked it out his hand was turned again as his other flesh.

Then the LORD GOD said to Moses,

“And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.”
Exodus 4:8-9

And Moses said to the LORD GOD,

“O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore (before), nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.”
Exodus 4:10

 

And the LORD GOD said to Moses,

“Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.”
Exodus 4:11-12

And Moses said to the LORD GOD,

“O my LORD, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.”
Exodus 4:13

9.59    AARON’S APPOINTMENT

Then, the anger of the LORD GOD was kindled against Moses, and HE said, 

“Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of GOD. And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.”
Exodus 4:14-17

Then, Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law, and said to him,

“Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive.”
Exodus 4:18

And Jethro said to Moses,

“Go in peace.”
Exodus 4:18

9.60    MOSES RETURNED TO EGYPT

Moses took the rod of GOD in his hand; and he returned to the land of Egypt with his wife and two sons. 
Then the LORD GOD said to Aaron,

“Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.”
Exodus 4:27

Aaron went and met Moses in the Mount of GOD, and kissed him.  Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD GOD who had sent him, and all the signs which HE had commanded him to perform. Moses and Aaron went and brought together all the elders of the children of Israel. Aaron told them everything the LORD GOD had said to Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people, and they believed. When they heard that the LORD GOD had visited the children of Israel, and that HE had looked upon their affliction, they bowed down their heads and worshipped. See Exodus 4:27-31.

9.61     MOSES AND AARON WENT TO PHARAOH
Afterwards Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt and said, 

“Thus saith the LORD GOD of Israel, Let MY people go, that they may hold a feast unto ME in the wilderness.” 
Exodus 5:1

And Pharaoh said to Moses and Aaron,

“Who is the LORD, that I should obey HIS voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.”
Exodus 5:2

And Moses and Aaron said to Pharaoh,

“The GOD of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our GOD; lest HE fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.”
Exodus 5:3

9.62    PHARAOH’S CRUEL COMMAND

But Pharaoh did not allow the Israelites to go and hold a festival to the LORD GOD. The same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying, 

“Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore (before): let them go and gather straw for themselves. And the tale (quota) of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish aught thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our GOD. Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.”
Exodus 5:7-9

The taskmasters were brutal and hurried the people of Israel and the officers of the taskmasters whipped the people to complete the work.
Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, saying,

“Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants? There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.”
Exodus 5:15-16

But Pharaoh said to the officers of the Israelites,

“Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD. Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale (quota) of bricks.”
Exodus 5:17-18
The officers of the children of Israel saw that they were in a bad situation. They informed this matter to Moses and Aaron. Moses returned to the LORD GOD and said,

LORD, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated (brought trouble on) this people? why is it that thouhast sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.”
Exodus 5:22-23
9.63    THE COVENANT RENEWED WITH MOSES

Then the LORD GOD said to Moses, 

“Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.”
Exodus 6:1

The LORD GOD also said to Moses,

“I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of GOD Almighty, but by MY name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. And I have also established MY covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage (sojournings), wherein they were strangers (sojourners). And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered MY covenant. Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: And I will take you to ME for a people, and I will be to you a GOD: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your GOD, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.”
Exodus 6:2-8

In Hebrew "GOD ALMIGHTY" is "EL SHADDAY". The name "GOD ALMIGHTY" conveys the concept of GOD's great power, great might and great strength. In Hebrew "JEHOVAH" is "YAHWEH" or "yhwh". The name "JEHOVAH" emphasizes the LORD GOD's most horrible and most terrible actions to redeem HIS people, the Israelites from bondage and to form a godly nation and to give them a good and happy life through HIS commandments and covenants. JEHOVAH, the LORD GOD is the great King and Israel is HIS kingdom. HIS people should render complete submission to HIM, allegiance to HIM and obedience to HIM. Praise the LORD! Alleluia!

9.64    MOSES’ ROD TURNED INTO A SERPENT

Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD GOD had commanded them.  When they spoke to Pharaoh, Moses was eighty years old and Aaron was eighty-three years old. Pharaoh asked them to show a miracle for them. At once, as the LORD GOD had commanded, Moses said to Aaron to take his rod, and cast it before Pharaoh. Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh called his wise men and his sorcerers and his Egyptian magicians. The Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their enchantments. They were Satan's "lying wonders". Each one cast down his rod and it became a serpent. But Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods. Now Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he refused to let the people go. See Exodus 7:7-14. 

9.65    THE PLAGUE OF BLOOD

Then in the morning, as the LORD GOD had commanded, Moses went with his rod and waited on the bank of the river Nile to meet Pharaoh and told him about the coming plague of blood. But Pharaoh did not listen to the words of Moses. Then Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD GOD commanded. Aaron lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river Nile, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants. All the waters that were in the river were turned to blood, and the fish in the river died, and the river smelled so bad; and the Egyptians could not drink its water. The false gods of the Nile were made loathsome before the very eyes of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. There was blood everywhere in Egypt. But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their enchantments.  They were Satan's "lying wonders". See II Thessalonians 2:9; St. Matthew 24:24. Again, Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he refused to let the people go. See Exodus 7:15-25. 

 
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