Prosperity Without Freedom is the Worst Kind of Slavery

January 1, 2019

 The Bible is a book filled with blessings, teachings, words of encouragement, and warnings. Many times a single verse can carry within it each of these categories and more. One example of such a verse is Exodus 1:7:

 

7 Yet Bnei-Yisrael were fruitful, increased abundantly, multiplied and grew extremely numerous—so the land was filled with them.

 

At first glance, the words of this passage can be viewed as a blessing. We read these words and see that over their years in Egypt; G-D has allowed the Children of Israel to become prosperous in every way. We can also see within the text expression of encouragement as we clearly see that the Children of Israel had seen an abundant increase both financially and numerically.

 

Yet, many people reading these words do not look beyond the outward so that they can see that these words were provided to us for teaching and as a warning. Remember what 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us:

 

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for restoration, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that the person belonging to God may be capable, fully equipped for every good deed.

 

To put this verse into context, the Children of Israel moved to Egypt to survive a famine that lasted 7 years. Yet, by the time we read about them in Exodus, they had continued living in Egypt for over 200 years. In Egypt, they had grown from 70 people to millions of people. They had gone from starving in a famine to becoming wealthy. Yet, in all of their outward prosperity, they were still living outside the Promised Land and outside the Covenant Promises of G-D. When viewed in context Exodus 1:7 reads a lot like Revelation 3:17:

 

Rev 3:17 For you say, ‘I am rich, I