So how did God respond to the dreadfulness of sin?
Before we can start giving some thought to this question we need to very briefly turn back to Abraham. We have already noted that he plays a key part in God’s great purpose and therefore is revealed frequently in the Bible.
God called Abraham out of a totally heathen people by revealing Himself as the God of glory. God made great promises to Abraham saying that He would bless all the families of the earth through his descendants. These promises were made in a covenant that God instituted with Abraham and his seed – his descendants.
“Abraham was justified because he believed God; his faith was counted to him as righteousness” Galatians 3:6.
It put him in right standing with God. This is a central theme in the New Testament.
Abraham had a son, Isaac, and Isaac had a son called Jacob. From Jacob and his wives came twelve more sons, resulting in a large tribal group that came to be known as the twelve tribes of Israel. (Along the way God changed Jacob’s name to Israel.)
His eleventh son, Joseph, was his father’s delight as he came from the love of his life and his marriage to Rachel. Being favoured did not help Joseph however as his brothers took exception to his status and sold him to traders from Egypt.
There, through a series of amazing events, he remarkably rose to become the chancellor of the exchequer, only Pharaoh being above him.
Meanwhile, back in Canaan, where the tribe were living, famine forced them to go down to Egypt for food. There Joseph recognised his brothers and eventually, forgiveness and reconciliation followed, resulting in all the family moving to live in Egypt.
The tribal family grew quickly and after a change in power the new Pharaoh became apprehensive of these people and put them into slavery and bondage.
This dark passage of the children of Israel’s history lasted for 430 years, exactly the time period revealed to Abraham when God instituted the covenant with him.
Where was God now?
How could the seed line be continued?
How would all the promises of God be fulfilled in the face of such impossibility?
Is this how God responds to the dreadfulness of sin?