1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each man with his family: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5 All the souls coming out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls; Joseph being already in Egypt. 6 Joseph eventually died, and all his brothers and all that generation. 7 But the sons of Israel had been fruitful and greatly crowded Egypt; they multiplied and grew very strong, so that the land was filled with them.
In the Spring 2014 edition of The Advent Christian Witness, Dr. Gordon L. Isaac, reflecting on John 5:39, draws several parallels between the life of Christ, and the story of God’s people being delivered from Egypt in the Exodus.
Even in this introduction section, Moses tells of how the population of Israel had grown to the point where the Egyptians were getting crowded. Pretty soon there would be no room. Jesus came into a world so crowded that he had no place to be born. His parents had to settle for a stable because there was no room at the inn.
One lesson we can learn from this passage is that we also are born into a world that does not have room for us. We need to seek another kingdom, because this one is just too crowded. We can be grateful for that fact, though, because the kingdom we are to seek is so much more wonderful than the one we are born to escape.
LORD, thank you for blessing us with such abundance that we have overcrowded little Egypt. Give us the courage to get out, by taking advantage of your offer to rescue us.