The Hebrews left Egypt by the Hand of the Lord and in time came to the Promised Land. (See Exodus 12 and Joshua 4)
And then there is Deuteronomy 6: 23.
23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. source
And now centuries upon centuries, here we are.
It is my considered opinion that the Promised Land is not figuratively or comparatively or any other ly, Heaven.
We were not delivered from Egypt (or shall we say hell) straight into Heaven – Heaven is a PROMISED LAND to us but the promised land of Scripture does not sound like Heaven to me – It’s full of giants, enemies, sickness, diseases, miracles, victories, memorials and accomplishments and the list goes on. From salvation to Heaven we pass through a land, foreign and hostile, yet with His Promises for every step we make. He brought us out not for us to do our own thing but to learn His Ways (so we will not stick out like a sore thumb in Heaven when we get there 🙂 ) and in the mean time have one holy blast of adventure after another until we arrive HOME. O! the stories Joshua will have to tell us when we all get to Heaven! Come to think of it! I want some stories of my own! Stories of victories and miracles and giants slain and sicknesses healed and folks delivered!
How’s your journey so far? Still working on that sore thumb image? Me too!
The weekend is spent and perhaps you are too, even for a Monday.
Matthew 11: (TLV) 28 Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. source
Yes, even on a Monday.
"Jesus knows how powerless rejection
makes a person feel."
Beth Moore. The Quest. Page 119.
So what do we do when we are rejected?
Matthew 10: (HCSB) 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that house or town. source
How do we do that? Perhaps each of us would seek the LORD, asking Him what He meant when He spoke these words.
I have a start for me.
He said shake the dust off your feet. If you will, picture with me a prisoner of old. What does he have attached to his ankles? Chains. What do chains do? They shackle us. They impede our walk.
Could JESUS be saying pick up your feet, shake off that chain of rejection and keep on walking with ME? Could He be saying to us: Let it go. Let them off the hook. Break that chain of torment; release them from the shackle of you owe me and pray for them. Pray they come see that JESUS takes such rejection personally. Pray they receive the gracious gift of repentance and forgiveness before time escapes.
We don’t have to be shackled to unforgiveness. We can kick up some dust and shake it off! We can pray for mercy. We can hold our peace, pray and wait for the HOLY ONE to work a miracle on that house and on that town.
Mark 10. Twice Jesus asked the same question. First to James and John and then to Bartimaeus, blind Bartimaeus.
Ready for the question?
35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached him and said, “Teacher, we want you to do whatever we ask you.” 36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked them. source
49 Yeshua stopped and said, “Call him over.” So they call the blind man, saying, “Take heart! Get up, He’s calling you!” 50 Throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and came to Yeshua. 51 And answering him, Yeshua said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” source
What would you answer Him if JESUS were to ask you the same question?
2 Timothy 3:12 (HCSB) 12 In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. source
From my study time today I must ask myself, how’s my persecution level? And from whence does it come? A reading of Matthew 10 reveals the Disciples’ persecutors.
See it HERE.
Who of us just craves persecution? Not me either. Even so I am compelled to mark the differences between Matthew 10 and today. Perhaps you would read and mark the contrasts you see. Particularly, take a close look at verses 5-8. Yeah! I’m asking that too. What happened?