Emigrants an Asset? Or a Liability – Exodus 1

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Like the Egyptian Pharaoh in Exodus 1, The world has always feared the other guy. Here in the united States we talk about Borders Language and Culture. This border fence was signed into law by George. W. Bush in 2006. Estimated cost of 1.5 Billion. Completed at 50 Billion. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Fence_Act_of_2006

Exodus 1

1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who entered Egypt—each man with his household entered with Jacob: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5 All the people who were directly descended from Jacob numbered seventy. But Joseph was already in Egypt, 6 and in time Joseph and his brothers and all that generation died. 7 The Israelites, however, were fruitful, increased greatly, multiplied, and became extremely strong, so that the land was filled with them.

8 Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power over Egypt. 9 He said to his people, “Look at the Israelite people, more numerous and stronger than we are! 10 Come, let’s deal wisely with them. Otherwise they will continue to multiply, and if a war breaks out, they will ally themselves with our enemies and fight against us and leave the country.”

11 So they put foremen over the Israelites to oppress them with hard labor. As a result they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread. As a result the Egyptians loathed the Israelites, 13 and they made the Israelites serve rigorously. 14 They made their lives bitter by hard service with mortar and bricks and by all kinds of service in the fields. Every kind of service the Israelites were required to give was rigorous.

15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you assist the Hebrew women in childbirth, observe at the delivery: If it is a son, kill him, but if it is a daughter, she may live.” 17 But the midwives feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live.

18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women—for the Hebrew women are vigorous; they give birth before the midwife gets to them!” 20 So God treated the midwives well, and the people multiplied and became very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he made households for them.

22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “All sons that are born you must throw into the river, but all daughters you may let live.”



It appears that the United States Government is dealing with a problem that is anything but new. Pharaoh, inherited his migrant workers. They grew to a great multitude from 70 original migrants. At the time these emigrants were encouraged to come. Over time they replicated like rabbits and soon over ran the kingdom. This became a security risk for Egypt. There was no sure way this transplanted tribe could be trusted to ally with Egypt. This fear motivated the Pharaoh to enslave and ultimately begin murdering the occupants of his own country. He did however convert this great human liability into a great asset via the new low cost labor force. The problem is, taking advantage of God’s chosen people in this way was probably not the best solution to the Pharaohs fear in the long the run.

In order to maintain a well ordered country that is strong and secure we must pay attention to Borders, Language, and culture. Saying no to someone is far different than placing them in slavery and murdering their children. In the United States today, we fear terrorism, human trafficking, drugs, and unchecked disease; thus we protect our borders. We want to know who is coming to our country and what baggage they are bringing, in order protect the greater good. As citizens of this great country we need to pray that God gives our congressional delegates wisdom even is we wonder if they are capable of possessing it. Congress gave us a fence in 2006 at a cost of 50 Billion up from and expected 1.6 Billion. A senator wanted electronic surveillance in 2008 but lost the vote, and now they are talking a wall. The new wall is said to be about 25 Billion. Since the fence was 30 times more expected than plan, we will have to expect that wall to be similar in cost overruns. If a wall makes people sleep better at night, that sure beets enslaving these people and killing their male babies. Maybe we could hire people from south America to build the wall thus improving their economies to the point that coming to the United States is a waste of their time. Let’s learn from the Pharaoh, combat fear by making life better for everyone rather than getting God’s attention through disgracing humanity. We are all his children irregardless on what side of a world border we were born on.

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