The book of Exodus is the book of redemption. It is God’s picture book to show how he is going to save the world. God has sent Joseph into Egypt through the evil of his brothers so that he would be in a position to rescue his family when the famine struck. Seventy people in all from the family of Jacob came to Egypt. But that generation has died (Exodus 1:6). God had made a promise about blessings and deliverance in Genesis. In Genesis 46:4 God promised Jacob, “I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.” (Genesis 46:4 ESV) God said he will go with them to Egypt and bring them out of Egypt again.
Now listen to the words of Exodus 1:7, after recording the sons of Israel in Exodus 1:1-6 in the same order as Genesis 35:23-26. But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them. (Exodus 1:7 ESV)
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