God, Salvation & Understanding The Work: Part 1 of 4

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Exodus 6:6-7 says, “Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgements.”

“And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.”

God 

Exodus 3:14 says, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”

And so, God spoke too Moses to prepare him for the task of demanding that the Egyptians release the Israelites from bondage, i.e., slavery.  The first couple of questions are, who are the Israelites, and who is Moses?

As I answer these questions, I will attempt to dispel the idea that the “Exodus,” is a work of fiction, created by Europeans delineating European history.

The Israelites were Africans, Black people who God chose to establish His presence, His reputation, and His power upon the earth. When Adam and Eve ate of the apple in the Garden of Eden, God’s purpose for humanity became marred in sin and rebellion.

Consequently, the blessings God intended for humanity were overtaken and dominated by wickedness and corruption. Disease, suffering, slavery, torture, killing and death evolved into tools used by people in their quest to wield power and control.

And given this context, Exodus 3:2-4 says, “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see the great sight, why the bush is not burnt.  And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.”

Moses was a Hebrew/Israelite, who fled Egypt after killing an Egyptian. Forty years went by, then God calls to Moses from the burning bush, and informs him of the role in he would play in God’s plan to deliver the Hebrews from slavery.

The people who were enslaved by the Egyptians were know as Hebrews, and they are the people, i.e., a family who in time became Israel. The Israelites are the people through whom God’s purpose to bless the world will be fulfilled.

 

 

Jacob

The father of Israel is Jacob. Genesis 32:28 says, “And he said, thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”

Jacob was the son of Isaac and Rebekah. Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah. Abraham was the son of Terah, and Terah was the son of Heber (The Hebrew people are descendants of Heber).  Heber was the son of Salah, who was the son of Arphaxad. And Arphaxad was the son of Shem (Semites are descendants of Shem).

Shem was one of Noah’s three sons. Noah’s two other sons were Japheth, and Ham. And so, the Israelites are Semites, descendants of Shem (Semite, Hebrew, Israel, and Jews), Noah’s son.

In the 12th chapter of Genesis, God spoke to Abram (Jacob’s grandfather), and “said unto Abram, Get thee out to the country and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.”

Over the course of Abram’s sojourn, he spent time in Egypt. While in Egypt, Abram gave his wife Sarai to Pharaoh, which caused God to send a plague upon Pharaoh and his house (Genesis 12:17).

Intermixing among Black people was a common practice in Africa. Abram’s wife Sarai was a Semite, and Pharaoh was a Hamite; it was the first relationship between a  Semite/Hebrew and Hamite reported in the Bible.

  • Dr. James Anyike writes that there was a sexual relation between Sarai and Pharaoh, which caused God to send the plague. Contrarily, Dr. Charles Copher writes that the plague happened before there were sexual relations between Pharaoh and Sarai.

The African kings of ancient Egypt were called by the name Pharaoh, which means “great house”. The Egyptian civilization originated in Africa, and it’s people were for the most part Black people.

Archeological, anthropological, linguistic, and other evidence illustrates the parallels between the ancient Egyptians and Blacks from other parts of Africa.

Jacob’s Son Joseph

In Chapter 37 of Genesis, the jealousy and hatred felt by Joseph’s older brothers was so great that they threw him into a pit and later sold him as a slave to some Ishmaelites.

The Ishmaelites took Joseph to Egypt and sold him to Potipher, one of Pharaoh’s officers who was captain of the guard. Joseph rose from slavery and eventually was given power to govern the resources of all the land of Egypt.

According to Genesis 46:27, Joseph’s father Jacob (Israel), and seventy members of his house entered Egypt. And so, Jacob (Israel) and his entire family (Israelites) were subjects of Egyptian Pharaohs and lived among Egyptian people.

There were other races and nationalities living in Egypt, and it is likely that the Israelites intermixed with them. Among those liberated in the Exodus, there were Egyptians, Hebrews, and a racially mixed group — Afroasiatics.

Leviticus 24:10 says, “And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel fought each other in the camp.”

God did not put restrictions on their intermixing with Egyptians, as he did on their mixing with Canaanites; e.g., God nor Jacob expressed any displeasure with Joseph having an Egyptian wife.

Jacob and his family entered Egypt a party of about 70 people, and after 430 years Moses is called by God to lead them out of Egypt. It is estimated that more that a million Israelites left Egypt with Moses.

It is certain that 99.9 percent of pre-exodus Israelites were born and lived most of their lives in Egypt/Africa. And after 430 years of living in the African climate and intermixing with Egyptians, any physical variance would be genetically eliminated.

While living in Egypt, they acknowledged their ethnic heritage as Israelites, though they were Egyptian nationals. The historical home of Israel is the Motherland; i.e., Africa

  • Charles Coper in, Black Biblical Studies list several categories of evidence that testify to a Black presence in Egypt during Biblical times. The evidence includes: “archaeological data, consisting of Egyptian-Cushite written records, paintings, sculptures, and skeletal remains; modern historical works; critical biblical scholarly works; personal names, and adjectives; opinions of modern travelers, archaeologists and anthropologists; ancient Greek-Roman legends and historical writings; works of early Christian commentators; and ancient Jewish writings, including the Bible, Babylonian Talmud, Midrashim, and legends.”
  • The evidence gathered from the above sources concludes; “according to American sociologist definitions of Negro; the ancient Egyptians were Negroes.  According to modern anthropological and ethnological definitions the ancient Egyptian population included a large percentage of so-called Negroes, possibly 25% as an average across the long period of time that was Egyptian history.”

 

 

Moses

Exodus 2:5 says, “And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when the saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to feted it.”

“And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one to the Hebrew children.”

Exodus 2:10 says, “And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.”

Moses was a Black child. This becomes evident when Moses grew up, and escaped from Egypt to Midian where the daughters of Reuel, on the basis of his appearance, mistakenly identifies him to be an Egyptian.

Exodus 2:19 says, “ And they said, An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and he also drew enough water for us and watered the flock.”

Moses became a member of that Midian family. Reuel, the father of the ladies Moses met at the lake invited him into their home and gave him one of his daughters to marry.

And in Exodus 2:21, “Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave Zipporah his daughter to Moses and she bore him a son.”

Numbers 12:1 says, Miriam and Aron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.”

Cush was Noah’s grandson, the first born son of Ham. Cush was the father of Cushites or Ethiopians. That these were Black people, is generally accepted with little disagreement.

There are good grounds for believing that the tribal family of Moses was of Black Cushite origin. Support for the opinion comes in the form of Egyptian names carried by members of the family as well as by other Hebrews: Moses, Pinehas, Hophni, Merari, Pashur, etc. , especially Phinehas, which means Black, Negro, Nubian, etc. Phinehas was the name of a grandson of Aron, Moses’ brother.

Reflection: The story of Black people does not begin with European Colonization, or Atlantic Slave Trade. The history of civilization can be traced to Africa and it’s indigenous inhabitants. The historical record of God taking action to redeem humanity to Himself, cannot be erased from the history of Black people.

Over the last 2000 years the world has witnessed the emergence of race and class dominated culture. People with superior weapons, and willingness to carry out genocide against races and groups of people have done so with great success. To foster their greed and stronghold on wealth and power history has been whitewashed by dishonest historians and scholars, most of whom are Europeans.

And in doing so, God’s interaction, supernatural power, and work has been obscured and even fictionalized. Charleston Heston is not Moses, and Yul Brenner is not Pharaoh, and Elizabeth Taylor is not Queen Sheba; together they fictionalize history, and in a sense,  their characters facilitate modern day idolatry, which is intrinsic to white supremacy.

Black people rank among those who know God, have been called by God, who have spoke with and for God, who have exercised the supernatural power of God, and have embodied the attributes and character of God. Black people are among those who God calls his own, and who acknowledge that their is only one God, and that He is their God; i.e., The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 

Prayer

Lord you are God and besides you their is not other. Bless and thank you for making Yourself know to us. Thank you for the vigil you maintain over our lives, and the revelation that we belong to you, and that you alone are our God. Bless you, and praise you O’ God.

Lord, we rebuke racism; and in all it’s manifestations. Lord we rebuke white supremacy and ideologies that exclude and animalize people because You created them a different color, ethnicity or nationality. Racism cannot cast out racism; and so we rebuke racism and cast it into the abyss.

Lord, only you can remove our hearts of stone and replace them with hearts of flesh. Create in us a new heart and renew the right spirit within us O’ God.

Bless and anoint our hearts to acknowledge You as the Creator of every living soul, and bless us to love one another as You love us. In Jesus name. Amen