Verse 24. And he increased his people greatly. In Goshen they seem to have increased rapidly from the first, and this excited the fears of the Egypt, inns, so that they tried to retard their increase by oppression, but the Lord continued to bless them,
And made them stronger than their enemies. Both in physical strength and in numbers they threatened to become the more powerful race. Nor was this growth of the nation impeded by tyrannical measures, but the very reverse took place, thus giving an early instance of what has since become a proverb in the church -- "the more they oppressed them the more they multiplied." It is idle to contend either with God or his people.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 24. -- He increased his people greatly. Behold here the concealed blessing in the secret of the cross. Under it the people of God are in the most fruitful state. -- Berleb. Bible.
Verse 24. -- Church prosperity desirable. Increase of numbers, increase of rigour. Attainable under great persecution and opposition. Divine in its origin, -- "he increased." Satisfactory as a text it is only true of "his people."
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
Verse 24. (second clause). -- In what respects grace can make believers stronger than their enemies.