Just a quick hello for the weekend.
The first rejoice and the last rejoice of the KJV. Lets see.
Exodus 18:9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians. source
I like that! That would be a great thing for us to do this weekend. Rejoice for all the goodness which the LORD has done for us.
And the last rejoice? What could it be?
Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. source
Need I say more?
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!