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Genesis 50:1 - Exodus 2:10

All day I couldn’t get out of my mind what would it have felt like to grow up in a country that you are a stranger in? Even though you were born there and possibly died there, you were still a stranger in the land... Clustered in a designated part of the country, you keep your customs, your language and your belief system. Yes, a few might venture off into the other part of the land and may even assimilate into the predominant culture, but most are grouped together within the same community unchanged for hundreds of years. Imagine being a stranger in the land of your birth. Imagine having to be removed from your promise in order to maintain your identity to receive that promise.

Israel/Jacob is called the church in the wilderness (Acts 7:38), the called out ones, the ek-klay-see'-ah. The church was called out to be in the world but not of or apart of the world.

What happened to Israel back in the day, is what we are experiencing in this day. We are the called ones, the ones given the promise yet separated from that promise while we mature in becoming Christ like. We are strangers in a strange land given a mandate to separate, not isolated, from the world. While strangers in a strange land we are to be to those we live amongst, a peculiar people, a royal priesthood, a chosen people (1 Peter 2:9).

The pressure and resentment those who are born in a country where they are estranged, “aliens,” to assimilate is undeniably strong. Just think of how nuts people who live in the United States get when they think that a group of people are not becoming “American” enough for their taste. We cry out for closed borders, we demand that these immigrants/aliens get on board, learn the language, and stop consuming “our government programs,” without contributing anything to society and the tax roles. Think about it, that more than likely was spewed out on Israel while she grew to be a mighty number in Egypt. Do you think they might have had a “Egyptian” only cry when creating directional signs and such like?

The same pressures exerted on Israel to confirm, the same pressure we in the United States exert on the foreign born, even when they are born here to confirm is the same pressure Believers are met with while trying to keep on the path God has predestined all those that call on His name to walk.

Israel, the church in the wilderness: what things can we learn from her, what “type” and “shadow” can we find in her that we can relate to the messed up churches we find ourselves attending?

Grace and peace,

Matthew 16:24-25 are my fave verses. It's become more real to me lately as I see what the cost is to follow Him. It outweighs what the world has to offer. All emptiness. We have to also remeber we are just passing through.
You have a lot of knowledge for only bring a christian 6 1/2 yrs. I believe the more we ask and the more we seek of His knowledges we beccome wiser. We can't grow without being teachable. Thanks for doing this Mike! It's really helping me.

Ramona , It is a false equivalent to compare "Israel" being led by God's divne will into and out of captivaty and illegal aliens breaking our laws and breaking into our country to take advantage of services. Disturbing!

Our Pastor was just talking about this today at church. Why are you here? (at church) Top 3 he saw while polling online was: #1, Have fellowship with a risen crucified Christ(aren't we already in fellowship with him..he is with us..constantly, he resides within us..his holy spirit..), to be 4 given. (my pastor spoke and contradicted all of these..because we are already forgiven, we are on the other side of the cross..our sins completely forgiven, past, present and future, and #3to hear the voice of God(Now that's the church I want to go!, stated our Pastor)..no one has seen the Father but the son, and yes, we get those compelling gut feelings, but not an audible voice..but when joined with like minded beings in one accord, there is power in that. Be blessed!

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