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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

wow, yes, what can we learn from the church of Israel, the one in the wilderness..how to be in world but not of the world. Good thoughts Ramona!

Comments and QOTD!:
Yes, our church has been preaching same thing. Who is the Leader of our church? Not us, not the preacher or pastor, Jesus is the leader-My church is God's church. We follow who is in charge. To anyone not going or not affiliated with a church-this is what I would say. "We don't do life alone. We need people, strong, courageous, believers, to pray, to agree, love, worship together in the Lord, Iron sharpens iron. We need accountability.

I loved the sweet burial of Israel today, and the forgiveness of Joseph and his brothers. It was interesting that it seemed Joseph died before his brothers. It doesn't announce when others died. However many years passed, and the next Pharoah wasn't too keen of having Israelites around multiplying and getting stronger. We read about Moses today and my bible doesn't name the parents-but I know its Amram and Jochebed tribe of Levi (and sister Miriam)

Matthew 16:13-17:9
I love reading and seeing a parallel from church-yesterday our pastor was in same section. The disciples were at Caesarea Phillipi-Jesus asked, "who do you say I am?" Peter was the only one who said, "You are the Messiah!" Now our pastor spoke about what Petra means-and how closely it coorelates with Peter. Our pastor stated how some mistaken that he- "Jesus" was referring to Peter-building a church on him-when in fact Jesus was referring to revelation knowledge of who "He" is-the rock of a solid strong foundation in Word and knowledge of Who He is! And the Gates of Hell can not conquer it. :-)

Psalm 21:1-13

Speaks of favor. You, Lord have not withheld anything he requested. You clothed him with splendor and majesty. The Lord is mighty.

Proverbs 5:1-6

Be careful of a deceitful person-period! Listen to your parents instruction-gain wisdom-receive discernment.

Moses - Exodus 2

I love how Hollywood has taken this story and made so many movies. I get some great insight by watching some of these. Charlton Heston was awesome as Moses in the 10 Commandments. I think my favorite is The Prince of Egypt with animated characters. A wonderful family movie.

Mathew 16, 17

I don’t know how other churches in the world are operating but all our churches are closed in British Columbia, Canada. Most since March 2020. Fines are imposed for those that defy that law. The Zoom format works well for people but a lot lacking in that. I really like 16:13. “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” With the Covid situation I have had to see Jesus in a new light, or fresh eyes. Jesus must always be our own personal discovery. A lot of us are asking this question and it has to be asked many times as we see Peter being reminded and experiencing the Transfiguration, (17:25) and (2 Peter 1:16-18) and in the other gospel accounts.

I feel like building a tent or maybe I feel like I have been living in a tent? Peter wanted to prolong the time that he was in this very special place. Camp out for awhile. The reality is that he had to go back to life. I wonder if in verse 28 if Jesus is referring to this event as some seeing the kingdom before their death?

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