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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,
Ramona

Church..do I go regularly? yes, I think it is very important. I have had times or moments where through exhaustion or vacation I haven't went and it feels strange, like I'm "missing" something..which I am..the body! the church body..Faith comes by hearing and hearing, and hearing! If we don't get fed, our spiritual muscles get weak..I feel like even though we read bible and stay close to God in prayer..if we don't fellowship with our church family and come to gether in spirit..we are still not fully involved..its like Ramona saying being separate but not isolated from the world. We need to get out there and be in the world, loving others, being loved, making sacrifices for greater good and being Christ ..we are His body..be His body to others.. :-)

Notes from today Through The Bible In A Year
Genesis 50:1 - Exodus 2:10

(Exo 1:21) And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.
Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. When you fear God above everything else then you will be where you need to be, because God will see to it.

(Proverbs 9:10) "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Matthew 16:13-17:9

Mat 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

He is demanding total commitment from them—even unto physical death—and making this call to full surrender a part of the message they are to proclaim to others. Christ repeats this same call to life-or-death devotion in Mat_16:24; Mar_8:34; Luk_9:23; Mat_14:27.

It seems sometimes I am lost in what I am supposed to be doing. So lately, I have been thinking on this subject. As I was reading my Bible In A Year today I was reminded of what Tony Evans said in a clip on the radio this past week. It has been standing out in the bible when I read it. He said, "Our problem today is we've got Christians who want God to get them to heaven who do not want Him to own them on earth. He does not just want to be in your life He wants to own your life." ~Dr. Tony Evans

I think until I and anyone else becomes totally committed to the Lord they will feel lost as they are not hearing from God and they are not in His will and your live starts seeming meaningless.

If you want to hear the message from Tony Evans click below:

http://christianvisualmedia.com/index.php/listen-to-audio?view=song&song_id=83

Plow on, plow on...
David Campbell

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