Updated: Jul 30, 2022
How it go yal? Just wanted to share a little encouragement I got.
As we all may know, rapper DMX was hospitalized on April 3, 2021. His journey on this earth hasn't been the easiest but there is wisdom and enlightenment in everything and everyone. Atleast I believe so. He's been known to battle with a few "issues" for years but there was always his acknowledgement of the Ultimate Source, God. Now, I been scrolling through Youtube watching videos about his condition and the tattoo on his neck caught my eye. It says Exodus 1:7, and I was intrigued.
Pause. I came across another video on Youtube that referenced the same scripture like that very same day. So, I searched for the verse, pondered for a minute and said I'd look at the entire scripture another time to get a better understanding. I went to church on Easter Sunday and the speaker quoted the SAME scripture! I was mind-blown at this point cause this was basically the third time this scripture ran up on me.
I researched a little bit to get the full essence of what this scripture actually meant. When it comes to anything in the Bible you have to often go backwards before you can go forward. What I mean by that is if you come across a particular verse you have to read what happened prior to that to understand that verse in its entirety. That's a message within itself my friends!
So before I can really shed light on what this verse means to me I have to share my knowledge of what happened leading up to this point. The persons named in Exodus 1:2-4 are all descendants of Abraham including Jacob. In Genesis 12 it highlights the Divine Promise made to Abraham.
5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
God commanded Abraham (his name was Abram at the time), to do something specific. He didn't tell him all the details but he knew that he had to go on a journey and once his task is complete he would receive the blessing. Not only that, his seed would inherit the land he came upon.
"Abraham had two sons, Isaac and Ishmael.
Ishmael had no children.
Isaac had two sons, Esau and Jacob.
Jacob had twelve sons, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Joseph and one daughter Dinah."
[Take another look at Exodus 1] They would then become the 12 tribes of Israel [Jacob's new name]. Before they got to this point in Exodus 1 there's the story of Joseph and the coat of many colors. Jacob loved Joseph and he was his favorite. His brother's despised him and SOLD him to be a slave in Egypt and told their father that a wild beast killed him. Sick! They went on about their life like nothing happened. Smh. But little did they know lil bro bossed all the way up, he was an interpreter of dreams and now second in command to Pharaoh. Anyhow there came a time where his brothers traveled to Egypt to buy grain. Guess who they had to talk to? JOSEPH!! They didn't even know it was him that that they talked with. I don't want to drag this on too long but in that moment Joseph could have said to hell with alla yal, carry yal [you know what] back to where you come from. But he didn't. He could have ordered for them to be killed but he didn't! His love for them overshadowed all the pain that they had caused him! [MESSAGE!] Instead of seeking revenge or being malicious, Joseph made sure his entire family moved to Egypt and was able to flourish. If he did anything other than that the lineage of Abraham would not have been able to grow as it did. Which brings me back to Exodus 1:7 "And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them." Their family went from seeking for food in this land to being bountiful in this land.
Okay! Okay! I'll get to the point. But I had to go around the world to get back here to say this. When God place something in your heart or tells you to do something, you do it! The progression of your life and your family's life just might depend on it. There were promises made to our predecessors that ensures our abundance. We have to make sure that we don't block those blessings! Go deep within and check your Heart Posture. We in there baby!
Le's lead with love so that you get what is owed to you!