Saturday, February 20, 2016

February 21, 2016

"So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled." Joshua 21:43-45

The Bible lacks neither truth not drama in its presentation of the greatest story ever told! That story is still being written and you are on center stage!

From Genesis to Revelation the Holy Spirit inspired Scriptures combine history, biography and geography to provide the basis for a theology of God's perfect plan for redemption!

A perfect example is the story of the Exodus. God used Moses to lead the Hebrews from the slavery of Egypt to the hardships of the wilderness to the Promised Land of Canaan. Each of those very real geographic places have theological significance and spiritual symbolism.

Egypt is and was a very real place. For 400 years it was too real for God's people, a real horrible place of cruelty and bondage. Egypt build a very impressive empire on the backs of the hard-working Hebrews. For ten generations the Israelites worked from sunrise to sunset in the scorching desert sun with no relief and no hope. Whatever dreams they may have harbored in their heart died long before they did. They were powerless to deliver themselves from this miserable existence.

Egypt illustrates your life and my life prior to conversion. We were born into this world as slaves to sin. The power of the world and the flesh and the devil drove us to do, say and think destructive things. As we grew so did the bondage. We were lost in darkness, hopelessness and despair.

But as He did with Moses, God sent another Moses, a greater Moses to supernaturally deliver us from sin and bondage! Our new Deliverer is Jesus, the Son of God! He left the majesty of Heaven to become a servant and a slave by taking upon Himself the penalty and the bondage of our sins! When He died on the cross He took upon Himself the terrible curses associated with sin to throw open the Egyptian exit signs!

The power of sin died with Christ on the Cross and the power of death was broken three days later when He arose!

If you are living in Egypt this morning you do not have to stay there! There is a Deliverer, One greater than Moses, who has set you from free from the bondage and futility of sin! Call on Him! Confess your sin! Turn your back on Egypt and follow Him to freedom! Make this the day you put Egypt in your rear view mirror!