Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, “Look, the people of the Bnei Yisrael (sons of Israel) are too numerous and powerful for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or else they will grow even more numerous, so that if war breaks out, they may join our enemies, fight against us and then escape from the land.” So they set slave masters over them to afflict them with forced labor… (TLV) Exodus 1: 8-11a
Nosh: However, disquieting a notion, sometimes, only negative situations can motivate us to move out of our comfort zones and fulfill God’s purpose and plan for our life. That surely was the case here. God used national enslavement to make Israel so uncomfortable with what had previously been a very prosperous existence in Egypt so that they would be open and willing to leaving Egypt with Moses. No discomfort – no change.