‘…there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Look, the people of 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.’ - Exodus 1:8-11
When you read that, there’s a commonality within those verses that resonates today, and that’s this: the king mistreated the children of Israel because he feared they’d outnumber, war against, and ultimately leave his auspices. So how was he able to gain control over an entire race of people? He overworked them. And though God made it possible for them to leave their government construction jobs, they later regretted their decision and soon made provisions to return.
But to think that God went to the extent to cause 10 national catastrophes so that His people would no longer have to work for unbelieving employers, is encouraging. What’s discouraging is that those same people were willing to return, simply because they missed the comforts of what a steady paycheck could provide. Comforts like leeks, onions, garlic, being able to worship inanimate objects and having to work under harsh working conditions (Ex 1, Num. 11:5).
As I thought about those verses, I began to see the enemy’s tactic. You see, if he can get us to loathe our call because we don’t see an immediate profit, we’ll stop putting forth the effort. If he can get us to ignore what we were created to do so that we can go make money working for someone else, then we’ll remain in rental properties and on somebody else’s job, all while being under compensated, overworked, and mistreated. But it gets worse.
Notice the scripture says, “lest they multiply… join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.” It’s not happenstance that systemic racism exists. As you can see, it’s in the Bible. The enemy knows that if we come together…as a people of God, and do business, then he, and those he uses will no longer be able to control our destinies. Therefore, as people of God, we MUST come together and do business together so that we can fight against our need to have to spend 8 hours a day making someone else’s entrepreneurial dream come true while we ignore our God-given profitable talents. I’ve got to support you and you’ve got to buy from me so that together we can both GET UP OUT OF THE LAND OF W2’s.
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