Andrew Harrison – Exodus 1 Multiply, waxed mighty

Also see Mat Foster – Increase

Andrew Harrison – Exodus 1 H7235 (multiply) H3966 H6105 (waxed mighty)

At the end of Gen 50 we have the death of Joseph, and a Christ like picture. This was a foreshadowing.

Gen 50

22. And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.

23. And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph’s knees.

24. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

25. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.

26. So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

Language of Christ and the bride, but this is only a type of it.

They are not in THE land, they are in THIS land (Egypt)

In the first few verse of Ex 1 show the brethren coming down into Egpyt.

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

God is blessing the people and filling the land of Egypt, there is a pattern of this in Genesis 1.

These 4 elements come in chapter 1.

Almost like a fulfilment of Genesis 1

22. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

Gen 9

1. And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

Same 4 elements

  • Fruitful, multiply, fill, earth

Ex 1 v 7

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

Want to focus on “multiplied”

10. Come 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.

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

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

The more they were afflicted, the more they multiplied. This is like a pattern seen in the ecclesias in Acts.

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

God had promised this to Abraham….

Gen 15

1. After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Gen 16

9. And the angel of the LORD said unto her (Hagar), Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

10. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

Gen 17

1. And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

2. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

Again, the promises to Abraham are about his seed being multiplied.

Gen 22

15. And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

16. And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

17. That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

Deu 1

9. And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone:

10. The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.

11. (The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!)

Ex 1 – Go back here now

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

The waxed is linked to the word bone in Gen 2

Ps 105

24. And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.

References of where this phrase comes together – H3966 H6105

In Ex 1 we have two names of the midwives mentioned. They are honoured in the holy word as faithful people.

They did not follow the Pharaoh. They feared God instead.

15. And 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:

What do they say to Pharaoh?

18. And 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?

19. And 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.

They are describing the Hebrew women as alive.

God is good to them.

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

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

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

In v7 it is the word SONS. It was the SONS of Israel. This is the focus here and the focus of Pharaoh. He wants to destroy them as they are a threat.

This chapter sets up to think about Moses and how the C of I come out of Egypt.

JOHN ADEY ADDED

God being pleased with the midwives.

God was dealing “good” toward them.

This prepares for Moses.

In Chapter 2 – Moses is mentioned

2. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

Translators don’t always give us the correct sense of the words. Come to Acts 7.

Acts 7

20. In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father’s house three months:

Stephen’s speech was talking about the Jews being rebellious – they stoned him for this.

Moses is viewed as exceeding fair.

We COULD think that this translation does it for us, but clearly in the greek is it worthy of attention as it has the word “God” in there. He was fair toward GOD. This is a big omission!

It is creating a relation which isn’t in the Hebrew. It doesn’t mention God in Ex in relation to this.

The relation is not ordinary situation. It is put together looking back in the OT, eg Moses at the burning bush “I will be with thee” we can see God creating that relationship. Moses is also called a man of God. Building up this picture.

The translation obscures this relationship.

Hebrew is consistent in this respect

Heb 11

23. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

This is the “fair” word, but it doesn’t have the God aspect here.

“good” in Ex

“fair toward God” in Acts

“Proper” in Heb 11

MARK MORRIS ADDED

The inclusion of God in Acts links us back to Gen 1

Ex 2

2. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

“she saw good he”

This links to Gen 1 and the creation of the Earth.

Gen 1

2. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

Why is this phrase here? – It is drawing out a quality of the aspect that has been created.

He says this about each aspect

10. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

12. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

21. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

25. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Man is then made from v26

31. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Here it is slightly different. He sees that ALL is GOOD EXCEEDINGLY. This is the phrase we saw in Ex 1.

SIMON FOSTER ADDED

Heb 11

23. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

24. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son ofPharaoh’s daughter;

25. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

26. Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

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