Welcome back to the second day of reading One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer. Yesterday we looked at the first lock that binds us to the enemy’s chain. Today we’re looking at the second lock, the sinful lifestyle.
On page 16 of the workbook we looked carefully at Exodus 1:11-14 and listed words that reveal the taskmaster’s role. Let’s review the passage here, in three Bible translations:
- So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with hard labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly. Exodus 1:11-14 The New International Version (NIV) Bible
- So they organized them into work-gangs and put them to hard labor under gang-foremen. They built the storage cities Pithom and Rameses for Pharaoh. But the harder the Egyptians worked them the more children the Israelites had—children everywhere! The Egyptians got so they couldn’t stand the Israelites and treated them worse than ever, crushing them with slave labor. They made them miserable with hard labor—making bricks and mortar and back-breaking work in the fields. They piled on the work, crushing them under the cruel workload. Exodus 1:11-14, The Message Bible
- So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel. 13The Egyptians compelled the sons of Israel to labor rigorously; 14and they made their lives bitter with hard labor in mortar and bricks and at all kinds of labor in the field, all their labors which they rigorously imposed on them. Exodus 1:11-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Please read aloud the prayer on the bottom of page 13 in your workbook.
Priscilla Shirer Quotes
- A difference exists between being free in Christ and living free in Him.
- Being declared free gives us eternal freedom but walking in it daily gives us daily freedom.
- Sin is progressive. What once satisfied us loses its power.
Today’s Scripture Verses (NASB)
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
God said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. Genesis 15:13
Is there a specific affliction of sin that weighs you down currently, or in the past? Without naming the specific sin, explain how sin can become overpowering and consuming in your life when it gets out of control.
**please do not list names or specific sins, just explain in your words how “a sin” can become a fireball in your life**
Post a comment about sin. All comments welcome for discussion.