Today’s Reading: Exodus 1
Key Verse: Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. – Exodus 1:8
The 1904 Welsh revival is famous throughout the world. It was a powerful spiritual awakening that brought 100,000 people locally to Christ. Revival spread through the coal mines and profane swearing stopped. Pubs and police stations left were empty and newspaper stopped reporting crime and instead reported numbers in church attendance.
Sadly we now live in a very different ages. Today churches are empty and most children represent the third generation of their family who has never attended a church service. A survey by the Bible society showed one in three children (29%) did not know ‘The Nativity’ was part of the Bible. At some point in the past hundred years, we have stopped sharing of God’s wonderful love and deeds.
We do not know exactly what happened between Genesis 50 and Exodus 1, but somewhere along the line, as in the Welsh revival, someone stopped sharing what God had done through Joseph. Exodus 1:8 says, “Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done.” Consequently, the Israelites became slaves under the rule of this new Egyptian King.
Perhaps this is why God commanded the Israelites after freeing them Egypt to commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up” (Deuteronomy 6:7).
Don’t be slow to share what God has done in your life. If you are not going tell your family, friend and children, who will?