“These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt. Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.”
The first 7 verses of Exodus link the existence and rapid growth of Israel as a nation to the promise that God made to Abraham telling him that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. (Genesis 26:4)
Verses 1-7 tell us that the sons of Israel, and their families, numbered 70 when they arrived in Egypt. At that point, they were nothing, but a mere clan. However, verse 7 tells us that, “…they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.” When the sons of Israel exited Egypt under the leadership of Moses, they did so as a great nation numbering in the millions.
God had kept His promise! God always keeps His promises! I don’t about you, but I am standing on the Promises of God.
A couple of years ago, a nationwide pest control company put microscopic bar codes on the back of 350 cockroaches and set them free all over the United States.
Those cockroaches were set free hoping that one or two of them might find their way into a home and be found. If anyone found one of those cockroaches with that microscopic bar code on its back, that individual would win anywhere from $100 to $1,000,000. Now, thinking about the size of the United States, what chance would anyone have of finding that million-dollar cockroach? Well, someone did find that million dollar cockroach and win the grand prize of $1,000,000, but most people thought that winning was going to be nearly impossible … nearly impossible!
Folks, I could really care less about cockroaches today, but I do care greatly about our congregation and the great God that we serve. God would tell us this morning that nothing is impossible for him or her that believes. Our God is a God who is over and above cockroaches, cancer and chaos.
He has promised to be so!