A Short Study of Exodus 1:12
“The more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.”
As Satan and the world is no match for God, neither is sin and Satan a victor over the children of God.
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerers through him that loved us.”
The more the child of God is afflicted, the more we grow in grace and knowledge of Him. This is because of Christ, not ourselves.
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
(1st John 4:4)
Our Lord knows nothing of defeat. He has won every battle and defeated every enemy that comes against us.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
We but need to stand on the bank of the river and watch the final destruction of Pharoah and his army to calm our fears. The deliverance of the children of Israel is but a picture of a great deliverance. It was by the affliction of our Lord Jesus Christ that grace was multiplied for His sheep.
The grief of Satanis the growth of God’s kingdom through Christ’s sufferings and death. Shall those whom Christ purchased with His own blood suffer loss? Emphatically, NO!
“This is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.”
As the children of Israel were an uncontrollable burden and grief to the Egyptians, so is Christ and His church to the world.
Adversity is sent from the loving hand of God to graciously force us to Himself.
“These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
What Satan means for evil, God uses for His people’s good.
“We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”