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Deliverance from Workplace Bondage





While listening to Keith Moore, Pastor of Faith Life Church, teach on Exodus 1:8-11, I saw something about God and entrepreneurship that I hadn’t seen. God “brought the children of Israel out of bondage” but who or what was He delivering them from? Exodus 1:8-11 says,


‘…there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Look…the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens.’


Here we find the children of Israel working as construction laborers for Pharaoh. Therefore, the bondage they experienced was work-related and thus means God delivered them from the harsh working conditions of the Egyptian government. God never intend for His people to work for an unbelieving king nor was He pleased with the fact that they were being mistreated by their employers. That’s because God never intended us to work for anyone. Now before you jump to conclusions, I am not saying that God is against jobs. That’s not what I’m saying. What I am saying is that God created us to work for Him. We see evidence of His original intent for us with Adam and Eve.


In Genesis 2:15, we find God taking, ‘…the man (Adam), and putting him into the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.’ The Hebraic definition for tend means ‘to work or to serve’ while keep means ‘to hedge, guard, and protect.’ Therefore, when you read the rest of Genesis 2, you’ll discover that Adam was a highly successful agriculturer and cattle rancher who also ran a thriving horticultural enterprise. It wasn’t until after he and Eve ate the fruit that, “…the ground [was cursed and]…in toil [he would now have to work in order to]…eat…’ (Gen 3:17, emphasis added) In other words, God terminated Adam’s contract, thus resulting in Adam going out of business which meant he now had to work.



The point is that God wants His childrento be entrepreneurs. Some might argue that because I made that statement that I was inferring that God wanted all of the children of Israel, and us for that matter, to be entrepreneurs. They’d even argue that it would be impossible for 1 million plus people to become business owners. To them I’d say, no it’s not! Because if they can believe that God parted the Red Sea, provided water from a rock, caused manna to rain from the sky while at the same time causing quail to be flown in for a million plus people, daily, for months, then WHY oh WHY couldn’t He have also caused all of them - AND US - to be entrepreneurs?


Ironically enough, I asked myself that question a few days ago…while preparing for work 😐. So I’ll now ask you the same. Why do you think it’s impossible for you to succeed at business? Furthermore, why are you still working for a company that undercompensates, overworks, and mistreats you? Why haven’t you started that business? Written that book? Pivoted into another industry? I understand it’s probably for financial reasons, but let’s you and I do something together. Let’s commit to putting something back every pay period that places us in a position to quit our jobs. Let’s invest in our websites, copyrights, trademarks, and LLC’s. Let’s set aside a hot $20 every week so that we can run a few Instagram and Facebook ads. Let’s do that and then watch God deliver us from our Pharaoh-ish working conditions. Whose with me?

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