• Pastor CW Fergins

Pharaoh, Xenophobia, & The Assault on the Capitol

On Sunday January 10th, I preached the message Pharaoh and the Assault on the Capitol from Exodus 1:1-14 at First Baptist Church of Stoneham. The sermon makes explicit the link between the xenophobic and fear politics of Pharaoh against the Hebrews in Egypt and the rhetoric that led to assault on the Capitol.

Due to preaching with a mask on, my voice may sound muffled.

Audio Sermon: Pharaoh and the Assault on the Capitol Exodus 1:1-14

Text: Exodus 1:1-14 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob; each came with his family:

2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah;

3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin;

4 Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher.

5 The total number of Jacob’s descendants was seventy; Joseph was already in Egypt.

6 Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation eventually died. 7 But the Israelites were fruitful, increased rapidly, multiplied, and became extremely numerous so that the land was filled with them.

8 A new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt. 9 He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and powerful than we are. 10 Come, let’s deal shrewdly with them; otherwise they will multiply further, and when war breaks out, they will join our enemies, fight against us, and leave the country.” 11 So the Egyptians assigned taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor. They built Pithom and Rameses as supply cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. 13 They worked the Israelites ruthlessly 14 and made their lives bitter with difficult labor in brick and mortar and in all kinds of fieldwork. They ruthlessly imposed all this work on them.

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