The story which begins the Book of the Exodus, and then the life of Moses, is about a people who have fallen into bondage. And arguably, they didn’t even know how it happened.
The Book of Genesis ends not too long after the father and brothers of Yahuseph (Joseph) have come into the land of Mitzraim (or current Egypt). There remained not quite five years left until the famine through which they were saved would have ended, so – a question presents itself: Why didn’t they LEAVE?
Why STAY, and let their children, and their children after them, fall into bondage?
Our own Founding Fathers, through the words of Thomas Jefferson, give a pretty good answer…and it has never changed too much throughout most of history:
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
Slavery, in other words, is often easier than genuine “change.”
The latest installment of the “Come out of her, My people” Show addresses this issue in some detail, as well as something I call the “Chicken Little Syndrome”: