August 27, 2017
First Presbyterian Church, Sterling IL
Today’s reading from the Hebrew scriptures
begins with these foreboding words:
“Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.”
We ended last week’s scripture reading on a “happily ever after” with Joseph and his brothers hugging and weeping in a joyful reunion. Joseph and his eleven brothers, the forebears of the twelve tribes of Israel, lived out their lives in Egypt, where Joseph had provided for them during the time of drought in Israel.
But Joseph died, he and all his brothers, and with the passage of time, the story of Joseph was forgotten. And when history is forgotten, the void makes a space for untruths.
Let’s listen for the truth of God’s word to us in Exodus 1:8-2:10:
Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.
He said to his people, "Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we.
Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase …