Exodus in Reverse

It was one of the greatest days in Israel’s history. After being enslaved in Egypt for what might have seemed to be “forever,” God called His people to leave. He “called them out.” It was to be their exodus! God led them to the Red Sea and miraculously opened the waters, allowing His people to cross over on solid ground and proceed to the Promised Land. This historical day furnished a “type” of people coming to Christ today. Leaving Egypt (the world) behind, having the sea open (our pathway to God-Jesus-perfect solid ground) enabling us to experience miraculous escape from darkness to light, we move into the Promised Land of victory in Jesus. It is astonishing that Israel, after such an escape, longed to return to Egypt (the world) and it should cause us to avoid this way of lusting for the world that we were to have left behind. The reality is that too many people in their Christian walk today often look longingly back on the old corrupt, fallen world and some do a reverse exodus, yielding to the call of the world’s cheap and evil allurement. Demas is one such example. Paul, in Colossians 4:14, links two names to his own, “Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.” Later, Paul shared with Timothy the tragic news, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed….” (From II Timothy 4:10). Paul felt the defection; imagine God’s heartbreak when people defect from His grace. In the hymn, “I Must Tell Jesus,” Elisha A. Hoffman, in the last stanza, spells out both the danger and the deliverance. “O how the world to evil allures me! O how my heart is tempted to sin! I must tell Jesus, and He will help me over the world the vict’ry to win.” Selah! If one is truly born again, he or she has been taken out of this world’s ways, values and thinking. The rest of their lives are spent letting God take “the world” out of them.   Ron 

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