Exodus Chapter 1

Exodus 1

1Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob.

2Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,

3Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,

4Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

5And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.

6And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.

7And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.

8Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

9And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:

10Come 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.

11Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.

12But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

13And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:

14And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.

15And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:

16And he said, 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.

17But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.

18And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?

19And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.

20Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

21And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

22And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.

25 thoughts on “Exodus Chapter 1

  1. Acting through demonic possession, Pharaoh becomes part of the evil plan to try and destroy the promised deliverer. Although, we know this was to be the prophet Moses, Satan was trying to kill God’s redemptive plan.

    This was foretold in the garden.

    However, had the children of Israel not grown comfortable with Egypt and gotten back to their own land then this terrible hardship would not have been necessary.

    When we choose to leave the position God has placed us in, we may have to endure a hard journey home.

    The process becoming a requirement, the crushing a must. God destroys the entire Egyptian (worldy) mentality and replaces it with his.

    This passage shows the importance of being where God wants us to be, and the consequences, and process that will be faced once the prodigal returns.

    2 Corinthians 6: 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

  2. V.17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them but saved the men children alive. Prov. 1:7 says The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.


    8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

    2nd and 3rd generation Apostolic Believers are tempted to live on their grandparents blessing. As we read here in Exodus 1 that as time and life pass, so goes the memory of many sacrifices.

    We must be sure to keep our own relationship with GOD; generating our own favor with GOD and man.

    BE Church
    BE Blessed


    12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

    This was too powerful to pass up today!

    Here is a WORD from the LORD for somebody today!

    Do not allow your problems, trials and afflictions destroy you! Remain FAITHFUL to GOD and GROW from them.

    Through FAITHFULNESS GOD will multiply your seed.

    In JESUS Name!

  5. When u are doing right and the enamy begans to effected u God will always protect u.
    When they started to be effected it says that they multiplied even more. Could it be when are family starts getting effected and the whole family stays together instead of breaking apart but comes together the relationship between each family member multiplies.

  6. The Egyptians tried to wear down the Hebrew people by forcing them into slavery and mistreating them. Instead, the Hebrews multiplied and grew stronger. When we are burdened or mistreated, we may feel defeated, but our burdens can make us stronger and develop qualities in us that will prepare us for the future. We cannot be over comers without troubles to overcome. Be true to God in the hard times because even the worst situations can make us better people.

  7. The Courage of the Midwives

    v 20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives; and the people mulitplied and waxed very mighty.
    It must have taken great courage to defy an order from the King. Yet, a true and faithful God rewarded them.
    Matt 6v24 “No one can serve two masters…
    The midwives feared God. An awesome reverance. They chose to serve Him. A decision that we must make daily.

  8. Vs 12 The more the Israelites were persecuted the more they grew in number. This is a type and shadow of the Christians; as they were persecuted they grew in number and strength.

  9. The midwifes feared God before the king of egypt. If we would take a stand over abortion like they did against killing the newborn we would be not have a curse against us. several years ago I stood with my family in a life chain on Hulen St protesting abortion. It was A Sunday afternoon.That night at the Sunday night service Our Pastor said nothing about it. He did however have much to say about the Cowboy game between services. What is wrong with this picture? You decide. The Hebrew midwifes had more courage than many of us!!

  10. talk about late term abortion. The midwifes defied Pharoah knowing the valuie of the children. They didn’t know a Moses would be born to deliver them, they didn’t know an Aaron would be born to speak for his brother or a Hur to stand beside the man of God. They just knew the vallue of life.
    If Pharoah would have had the technology we had today, he wouldn’t have waited until the child was born to order it killed, he would have killed it while it was still in its mothers womb. Oh that we would have a generation that would rise up like these midwifes of old that would not listen to Pharoah, instead realize the value that God has place upon life.

  11. 12But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

    Blessings though the pain. I pray we take this to heart and see that when we are going though something that we can look at this and remember it. As long as we are under submission, that is when we can be blessed.

  12. v20 ” Therefore GOD dealt well with the midwives
    GOD honored their faith, and these women were protected and rewarded by GOD Himslf.
    When GOD promises us something

    Satan fears( as Pharaoh feared)… What our Geart GOD is birthing through HIS church
    Our faith in GOD will defeat the enemy.
    Stand for righteousness even if we have to stand alone, and say NO to this cruel, and harsh world
    Just like the midwives said no to Pharaoh.
    We will not deny THE LORD, and we will yield to His purpose, His plans, for HIS GLORY.

  13. 1:7 See Acts 7:17 God’s promised blessing of fruitfullness and increase had been given to Adam (Gen 1:28),Noah (Gen.8:17;9:1,7),Abraham (Gen 17:2,6;22:17), Isaac (Gen:26:4) and Jacob (Gen28:14;35:11;48:4).God continued to fulfill His promise during the 430- year sojourn in Egypt . the land was filled with them. The Hebrew used here echoes the blessing of Adam (Gen.1:28)–God’s initial blessing of mankind was being fulfilled in Israel .The Israelites who left Egypt are said to number about 600,00 men, “beside”(12:37)

  14. Fearing God

    As Exodus opens, we see the Egyptian leaders fearful of the growing stregnth of God’s people (Ex 1: 9-10). Attempting to thwart this percieved threat against their national security. They take 3 measures (Ex 1:11-14, 15-16, 22). The Israelites comply with the rigorous demand for greater productivity, but when the order comes for the murders of their newborn boys at birth, the midwifes resist.

    Midwives may have been childless women, who were readily avaliable to help other women deliver. Delivery stool literaly means “two stones”. As women gave birth, they sat on two stones, or on a support placed between them. Shiphrah and Puah are probably leaders of groups of midwives. Fearing God, not the king, they either delay their arrival in order to miss the births or they in some way protect the baby boys from death. God blesses their courageous faith by giving them the greatest honor a woman of that culture could experience: families of their own (Ex 1:20-21)

  15. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

    Resistance builds muscles and strengths you. Trials and challenges builds faith and helps you grow and be blessed.
    James 1:2-4 NLT
    2 Dear brothers and sisters, [a] when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

  16. 17But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.

    It’s better to fear God than man. Those who fear the Lord will follow his commandments.

  17. Because there was a fear of the Lord the midwives chose not to kill the boys and instead let them live. This brought safety and blessings to their lives. I believe God honored them and allowed no harm to come to them by Pharoah in his time of anger towards them and the people of Israel. Making sure that we are in constant fear of the Lord is always going to bring protection and blessings in our lives. God will honor those that stand for His truth!

  18. Pharaoh (the new king) wanted to deal wisely with God’s people… The world is still trying to “deal” wisely with us today. The only deal the world has to offer is destruction. This is why we must be apostolic without apology and continue to teach this precious Gospel to every creature! If we as “midwives” give ear to intimidation of the enemy there will be casualties, but if we fear God he will raise up modern day Moses’ to deliver people from the hand of the enemy.

  19. The more they afflicted the Israelites the more they grew. Would to God that would be the attitude, action and results of the Church today. Too many times when the enemy afflicts us, instead of digging in our heels and growing in the situation, we give up, lay down ministries and allow the enemy to win the battle over us.

    Let’s take this as our example and turn what the enemy meant for harm into good and watch God bless and mulitply us and the ministries we are involved in to benefit the Kingdom.

  20. V17 “But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.”

    Just accepting the status quo may feel like playing it safe and “coloring inside the lines”, but the example of the midwives shows that the will of God (the only place we should want to be) may very well come directly against what is deemed “safe.” Letting people and the world around us (and even ourselves) define what is right will leave us floundering far below what God desires for us. The boldness of the midwives to fear God above Pharaoh and obey Him despite possible consequences displays the sort of faith that says “God is the Author of my life, He has the first and last word.”

    Those ladies also at the “I Am” conference will understand: the actions of the midwives says “I recognize who my King is and who I Am…”

    As daughters of the Great I AM, it is His will that we can both know and boldly say “I AM…” as well and live accordingly. Like with the midwives, God’s will for us is a life defined by Him and not the “safe” norm.

  21. This chapter illustrates promise. Jacob did multiply just as he was promised; “And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty”. Gods promises are just that, if he said it rest assured it will happen. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  22. Verses 17-18 in the Message Version read….”But the midwives had far too much respect for God and didn’t do what the king of Egypt ordered; they let the boy babies live. The king of Egypt called in the midwives. “Why didn’t you obey my orders? You’ve let those babies live!”

    Same verses in the CEV read….”But the two women were faithful to God and did not kill the boys, even though the king had told them to. 18The king called them in again and asked, ” Why are you letting those baby boys live?”

    We as the midwives have a choice to make. Who will you follow/listen to?

  23. 8Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

    A lack of knowledge brought fear which in turn cause him to bind up the people of God. The crazy thing is that if he would have just taken the time to get to know Joseph he would have known the God of Joseph. Yet God made a way through the midwives.

  24. Though the law said to kill the men children, the mid wives knew that God didn’t want that. It proved better for them to obey God rather than man.

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