8Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. 10Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” 11Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh. 12But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. 13The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites, 14and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them. (Exodus 1:8-14, NRSV)
How did a new Pharaoh arise in Egypt who didn’t know Joseph?
However, it happened it happened and because the Israelites had become numerous from the fact they were part of the family of the former Pharaoh, or in the good graces of the former Pharaoh. But now they seemed to be in a place to take over and that made the new Pharaoh worried. When we are worried about our own survival sometimes we do things we would not otherwise do.
So the new Pharoah worried for his future and enslaved the Israelites.
From the top to the bottom in no time, but God is always with us.