Exodus 1

Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 

In America, we dont ever think this can happen to us.  But God alloes rulers and aurhorities:

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  Col 1:16 NIVhttp://bible.com/111/col.1.16.NIV

Other verses include:

(Luke, goes with another thought)

“Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.” So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.

They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.

The charoset in Passover, is a mixture of apples, cinnamon and nuts, resembling mortar. This represents the storehouses built for Pharoah. 

The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?” The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.” So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, Lk 12:11 NIV http://bible.com/111/luk.12.11.NIV

This gives us hope and confidence to do what is right, no matter what is happening in our world.  

 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
Exodus 1:8‭-‬11‭, ‬14‭-‬22 NIV http://bible.com/111/exo.1.8-22.NIV

4 things I am thankful for:

  1. The position God alone has placed me in. 
  2. My children, whom I have no doubt were sent to change my life, back to the trajectory God initially planned, and I interupted.
  3. My parents, all of them, who have all played a vital role in my life.  
  4. Peace that only comes from the Holy Spirit.  Because even when I am battling something internally, when I ask, it is always there.   (And it comes from The spirit, but especially when I spend time in the word.)