The book Evidence Not Seen tells the story of Darlene Deibler Rose, an American missionary during World War II. She and her husband, along with their colleagues, were captured by the Japanese army, and some of the captives died in the prison camps during the years they were detained. Despite horrific suffering and great tragedy, Darlene remained strong in her trust in God. Her story illustrates extraordinary faith and God’s miraculous faithfulness in trials.
As we consider our own legacy, we’re inspired by stories like this. This month we’ll study another story of faith and courageous leadership—the story of Moses.
We wouldn’t be fair to the truth of the biblical text to claim that it is a story of one man. The story of Moses features divine providence at center stage, not human heroism. Moses plays an important role in God’s story, but as we shall see this month, Moses’ actions apart from the work of God could not produce the miraculous results for his people.
Our text today illustrates how God’s presence permeates the story. His blessing was clearly seen in the population explosion of the Israelites following the death of Joseph. The language of verse seven echoes God’s blessing pronounced in the Garden of Eden (cf. Gen. 1:28), to Noah (cf. Gen. 9:1), and once again to Abraham (cf. Gen. 17:2). The promises He had made to these men—promises to multiply their offspring—were being fulfilled. God had neither forgotten nor neglected His people.
That is important reassurance as we read about the tragic turn of events in verse eight. God’s people were suffering unjustly as they were forced into slave labor and threatened by a murderous royal edict. Despite the cruel plots of Pharaoh, God protected His people. In fact, it seems that no human action could thwart God’s work of rescue in this opening chapter. Though the Egyptians attempted to wipe out the Hebrews, God’s people not only survived—they thrived (v. 12).