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Exile and Deliverance

July 26, 2013

wisdom

A.W. Tozer – God’s Pursuit of Man – Chapter 2

“You have a reputation of being alive, but are dead…”

“Remember therefore what you have received and heard; obey it and repent…”

There is a fascinating strength in the metaphorical view of the OT deliverance of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage (without disputing its historicity).  To see the story of Israel’s deliverance from bondage to Egypt as parallel to our own deliverance of bondage to sin is extremely instructive.  So often in the challenges we face, living in the wilderness of life, heading toward the promised land of eternity, we forget that we have already been delivered, we are approaching the Promised Land.  The Kingdom of God is close at hand.  The Lord is already providing.

We tend to want to return to our Egyptian homes – our sin, our addiction, that which is comfortable and familiar.  We do not fully realize that His Kingdom is being constructed (as we journey toward eternity) in us.  The Potter is at work shaping us and molding us into His image.  We struggle and we resist because it is uncomfortable and even painful at times.

And so we need to pray: Lord, let us live in the strength of the knowledge that we have been delivered and are approaching eternity, so that we might embrace with excitement and joy any cross that might be set before us, even as Jesus did.

Food for thought from the New Wilmington Missionary Conference…

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