October 18, 2019
Weight of Affliction
Exodus 1:9-11 (KJB) And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: 10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. 11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
The Israelites were burdened with great afflictions at the hand of their enemies in Egypt. The Egyptians new king, who did not know God, set over the Israelites harsh taskmasters who forced them into slavery. They were used and abused in building cities such as Pithom and Raamses.
This ancient adversity and hardship make me think for a moment about the work ethic of donkeys. They are known as hardworking animals. They can be a great asset on farms or in carrying people down a treacherous trail, like at the Grand Canyon. Donkeys are well-known for bearing a heavy load and in their ability to handle hard and even dangerous work.
The Israelites too were saddled by the Egyptians with a monumental task before them. They had no choice but to work hard in building extravagant architectural cities. They were mighty and talented people who knew God. They were hard-pressed to construct these impressive cities and accomplished this work, not for their taskmasters, but in great affliction, were, in reality, working for the Lord.