The Eygptian kindly let Israel come to their land because they knew famine was gonna happen because God-fearing Hebrew name Joseph foretold and told them how to prepare. The Hebrews were grateful for the early Egyptian’s hospitality and did labor for them for the food they ate. But the Hebrews obeyed the words from Genesis 1:28 and were fruit and “Be fruitful and multiply,”. So the hospitality of Egypt became oppressive to the Hebrew people. So they called out to God, please rescue us, and like God that is good, He heard them and answered them, because the Lord always keeps His covenant promise.
When the Lord delivers the first and greatest commandment, He reminds them, I am the Lord your God, I have freed you from a powerful enemy you couldn’t fight and now I offer you freedom. Therefore He says, You shall have no other gods but Me. The ancient Egyptians had a god, his name was Ra, he was their god for the sun. Many ancient civilizations worshipped a sun god of some kind because they looked at the sun as a giver of life, So it must have really destroyed the Egyptian’s faith in Ra when the Lord Almighty made the light of the sun go dark for three days.
Exodus 10:21 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness which may be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. 23 They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the sons of Israel had light in their dwellings.
The Pharaoh may not exist anymore, but the Lord is still God and He always will be. Sin is still the master of all mankind now just as much as it was back then. Many kinds of oppression come from sin, the desire to want, to have, to need, to taste, to eat, to be wanted and to be loved. The book of Exodus is re-education to Hebrew people who were slaves for 400 years, when Moses asked the Lord, who should I tell them who you are, and exactly what you are?
Exodus 3:13 Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “This is what you shall say to the sons of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
The first commandment of God is the most important of all, everything and all things exist because of God. Anything that takes your and mine attention from God, becomes our god, and He totally doesn’t understand that. He made everything and whatever we worship will either go away or let us down. For some, our family can be more important than God, therefore they become our god. The Lord wants to be our first love and, of course loving others is what the golden rules say, but perfect love comes from loving our creator first and foremost and the Holy Spirit teaches to love all mankind, all humanity, all are made in His images. Many people say and many tv commercials say, the love of self is important, but the love of self is where sin starts, the Lord God, say love Him first, others than yourself last. Knowing the Great I Am is the first step to knowing who you are, you and I are the Great I Am, sons and daughters, anything else is foolish and empty, that kind of relationship and devotion leads to nothing, nothing and more nothing. If your life feels empty and meaningless, acknowledge with your heart, your mouth and your life God is your only and one only God. God bless you all, the Great I Am loves you and so do I, Samuel H.
Mark 12:28 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?” 29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”