Exo 1:11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
Exo 1:12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew,.... Became more numerous, "and broke out"
(b), as it may be rendered, like water which breaks out and spreads itself; so the Israelites, increasing in number, spread themselves still more in the land; the Egyptians thought, by putting them to hard labour in building cities, to have weakened their strength, and made them unfit for the procreation of children; but instead of that, the more hard labour they were put unto, the more healthful and the stronger they were, and begot more children, and multiplied exceedingly: and so it is that oftentimes afflictive dispensations are multiplying and growing times to the people of God, in a spiritual sense; who grow like the palm tree, which the more weight it has upon it the more it grows; when the church of God has been most violently persecuted, the number of converts have been greater, and saints under affliction grow in grace, in faith and love, in holiness, humility, patience, peace, and joy; see Act_12:1.
NOTE: I make no corrections to any of the old, old commentaries; you can see massive run on sentences, misspelled words, as our language has changed. I am saying this because a person railed on me for poor grammar, this is true as my readers know, I lost my proof reader, he said it was so bad even the most Godly of saints could not get edified by my ministry, wow, can anyone say TROLL.
The person was talking about the commentaries and did not even know it, I do not change a thing with these grand old commentaries, I am not going to edit them, as I would not edit the 1611 KJV, or the Geneva bible, yes that’s the stuff I endure in this ministry , on top of all I am going through, think its all roses and fun, think again, internet ministry is harder than street ministry at least the person your witnessing to can not go by the name anonymous, I get these anonymous emails and they now make me laugh and I delete them, so be it
And they were grieved because of the children of Israel; because of their multiplication and increase, and because their schemes for lessening them did not succeed; they were as thorns in their eyes, as some interpret the word.
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied - To the grief and vexation of the Egyptians. Times of affliction, have oft been the church's growing times: Christianity spread most when it was persecuted.
The more God blesses his own, the more the wicked envy them.
But the more they afflicted them - The margin has pretty nearly preserved the import of the original: And as they afflicted them, so they multiplied and so they grew That is, in proportion to their afflictions was their prosperity; and had their sufferings been greater, their increase would have been still more abundant.
Pharaoh's first plan did not accomplish his purpose (Exo_1:12).
The multiplication of Israel went on just in proportion to the amount of the oppression (כֵּן = כַּאֲשֶׁר prout, ita; פָּרַץ as in Gen_30:30; Gen_28:14), so that the Egyptians were dismayed at the Israelites (קוּץ to feel dismay, or fear, Num_22:3).
In this increase of their numbers, which surpassed all expectation, there was the manifestation of a higher, supernatural, and to them awful power. But instead of bowing before it, they still endeavoured to enslave Israel through hard servile labour. In Exo_1:13, Exo_1:14 we have not an account of any fresh oppression; but “the crushing by hard labour” is represented as enslaving the Israelites and embittering their lives. פֶּרֶךְ hard oppression, from the Chaldee פְּרַךְ to break or crush in pieces.
Act 4:23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
Act 4:24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
Act 4:25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
Act 4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
Act 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
Act 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
Act 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
Act 4:30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
Act 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Act 8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
Act 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
Our O.T. Text clearly shows the more the Hebrews were persecuted and put to hard labor, the stronger they became and they increased and did not decrease, the Eqyotians were simply in disbelief, the world will yet again be in awe as they see the more you persecute, harass, send to hard labor, the more a cause will grow.
History proves this to be so 100%. You think TPTB would know this, they dream of riding the world of true Christians, but they never will, nor can they ever achieve this demonic dream. It is always the same, these enemies think they are so smart, so wise, so perfect, like god's, they know what is best, and getting rid of Jesus followers is all for the greater good. Lol.
Surprise, surprise, surprise, fools, they do not even understand and they think they are wise, their god lucifer never changes his tactics.
Albert Pike Free Mason Vision of WW3, it actually says the end goal is to get rid of every single Christian on earth, wow and these are the illuminated ones, the all knowing, all powerful ones?
It will never happen, can never happen, as the gates of HELL shall not prevail against the Church.
Cleary the persecutions will lead to the death of millions, they will laugh in the arena of their choice and watch the many die, what they do not know, is the ones killed are off to glory and their day of doom is shortly behind this act. We do not fear man who can kill the body, but God who can kill both body and soul.
Also all this stuff about how they have isolated the God gene and can by a common cold spread this thing to kill the part of the brain that is fundamental, sold out to their religion, I posted this vid a while back and showed the video concerning this.
Also weapons, frequency manipulation and such hi fi weapons that are said to cause insanity, kill you etc, we have something they know nothing about, its called the Helmet of salvation, we have our minds covered with this helmet, the blood of Jesus sealed the deal and it can not be penetrated, so let them try and see.
Just like the Egyptians, they were amazed at how the lord’s people continued to grow increase, and the blessing of the lord was on them.
In the N.T. verses, it shows when the Christians were persecuted and forced to flee Jerusalem, as they fled in all directions they preached in all directions, and do to this having to flee due to persecution, the church grew in numbers and the gospel was spread everywhere.
The coming persecution will be hard, many will die, but the remnant ones and those that become remnant ones, will flourish and there is no stopping the God of the supernatural that we serve.
For each Martyred one, 100 will take their place, PTL. Christianity will flourish till the end, it will, be good, this persecution , as it causes the dead, church to come alive, it causes a unity, a oneness, and spiritual growth, boldness and many souls saved.
Act 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
A second thing about persecution, tribulations is what it does for an individual in it now, I am in it now, and I can testify what Gill said is all true.
Saints under affliction grow in grace, in faith and love, in holiness, humility, patience, peace, and joy.
I have seen this in my long years of tribulation, painful, yes, fun, no, good for me, yes.
We bear more fruit in trials, tribulations and persecution, need, want, than at any other time.
It is all about fruit, and many times real lasting fruit only is cultivated in the chamber of grace as we pray and wait, praise and accept, our faith muscles get a good work out.
Today while I was in prayer I could see myself on a rack , as it was called, and I was being stretched and stretched, it was like that and still is, the rack, is the cross and we are to grow in grace, learn to overcome and bear much fruit.
Heb 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Heb 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
I received more shocking, bad news today, that drove me to my knees, I am talking hard and heavy bad stuff, I noticed as I kneeled down, it was different, I had no fear, I had patience and I just praised the lord and said, lord you have it covered.
It is not easy, but I am getting more and more use to almost daily affliction, trials and bad news, guess what, I am in victory.
If you are going through a long time of trials, tribulations, chastisements, you will notice, it gets easier.
We all know what James says, you ask for patience you will get it, by a trial by fire, so people say do not pray for patience becomes it comes by trial, yes it does, when the answer is no, wait long enough you learn to be patient as you wait.
I am telling you now, the lord has a reason and plan for each person, he knows what he is doing, he knows what is coming, and he knows how to keep his beloved in the palm of his hand.
I must be diligent, and always be in watching that after preaching to others I lose my salvation, I understand I have not arrived and I never will, but I can testify, as one in a kind of prison cell, Grace, mercy, loving kindness endures and abounds and if we stay the course we will see and understand one day why the lord allowed all these things.
I know for certain, as the lord told me, concerning me, it is for the days coming, so I am being prepared spiritually, so I can stand and minister in holy boldness.
The same is happening to many around the world, we are being prepared in secret to be the humble servants of the lord to minister in the last days, and in the days we live in.