Day 1

Israel Oppressed in Egypt

from the Exodus reading plan


Exodus 1:1-22, Exodus 2:1-25, Genesis 15:13-16, Genesis 35:10-12

BY Amanda Bible Williams

Do you know that feeling when something really emotional happens, but you aren’t in a safe place or time to process it? Maybe you’re at school or work or the grocery store, and somehow you hold that emotion in and go about your day. Until. Until you see someone who knows you—really knows you. Someone who loves you, someone who understands you inside and out. And what happens? Immediate tears. Immediate permission to feel what you’ve been trying to avoid feeling. 

I’m not a psychologist, and I can’t explain all the reasons for this phenomenon of the human experience. But for me, I think this is because the feeling of being truly seen—and still loved—is so rare. When we experience it, our defenses drop. For a moment, we embrace the type of intimacy we were created for.

When I read the book of Exodus, there are three words that captivate me every time. They aren’t found in the likely places—the stories of the burning bush, the Red Sea crossing, or wilderness wandering. They come before all of that, amid the years of oppression God’s people endured under Egypt’s heavy hand. In this seemingly endless period of suffering, we come upon Exodus 2:25: “God saw the Israelites, and God knew.”

And God knew. What a wonderful, weighty truth!

The same God who spoke “I AM” from the burning bush, who parted the sea, who rained down bread in exact measure from heaven, is also the God who knows. He knows our circumstances and our hearts, our past and our future. He sees us. He hears us. He knows us. And He not only knows, He acts! We learn from the whole of Scripture that our God is working all things together for His glory and our good—in the book of Exodus and in our right-now lives. We serve a God of response. Each new season and circumstance are new opportunities to depend on His provision.

As you journey through the miraculous accounts in the book of Exodus, put your feet on the ground with God’s people. Imagine how it felt to cry out from Egypt, from the shore of the Red Sea, from the vast wilderness, and the base of Mount Sinai. See what Scripture has to teach you about the unchanging character of the God who knows. 

As we read these crucial chapters in the redemption story, I pray we find confidence and rest in the One who created us to live in relationship with Him. 

Post Comments (208)

208 thoughts on "Israel Oppressed in Egypt"

  1. Nana Dwobeng says:

    A God who knows, A God who remembers !

  2. Destiny Herring says:

    Nothing happens without God allowing it to happen. The story of Moses, a beautiful story of adoption. After reading the first day, you can’t help but see God’s divine hand being so present throughout the story. What are the odds a woman would be bathing in the river at just the time Moses’ basket was drifting that way. The only answer is God’s divine plan. Not only are we reading the story of Moses but a story within a story that’s within a story. The story of Moses, but also the story about the Israelites and God fulfilling promises. God is the same God saw Moses, who saw the Israelites, who sees us. He makes the impossible possible, intervenes at the most unlikely of times, and continues to provide. He sees us, loves us, knows us, and cares. Will we do the same with Him?

  3. Destiny Herring says:

    Nothing happens without God allowing it to happen. The story of Moses, a beautiful story of adoption. After reading the first day, you can’t help but see God’s divine hand being so present throughout the story. What are the odds a woman would be bathing in the river at just the time Moses’ basket was drifting that way. The only answer is God’s divine plan. Not only are we reading the story of Moses but a story within a story that’s within a story. The story of Moses, but also the story about the Israelites and God fulfilling promises. God is the same God saw Moses, who saw the Israelites, who sees us. He makes the impossible possible, intervenes at the most unlikely of times, and continues to provide. He sees us, loves us, knows us, and cares. Will we do the same with Him

  4. Destiny Herring says:

    Nothing happens without God allowing it to happen. The story of Moses, a beautiful story of adoption. After reading the first day, you can’t help but see God’s divine hand in so present in the story. What are the odds a woman would be bathing in the river at just the time Moses’ basket was drifting that way, a

  5. Kyle Hopkins says:

    Starting today- “And God Knew” – yes!

  6. Rebecca Keating says:

    Amazing encouragement

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.