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!
Joshua 24: 14 “So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone.
15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” source
Please allow me to paraphrase this KWT style.
A public expression of faith in JESUS CHRIST (Adonai YESHUA) signals to the kingdom of darkness to place an extra bullseye square on your head and the heads of your children and grandchildren, even great-grandchildren. So, let me give you a word of counsel — for your sake and the sake of all those you love, either get all in or get all out with this spiritual warfare! The stakes are too high to mess around with this Christianity.
The bottom line is each and every one of us is already in one camp (Light or darkness) or the other; today is the day to make your election sure.
It’s time to choose, and our daily behaviors give a preponderance of evidence which we have chosen. I’m just being real here with you, Folks.
May the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD convict and convince you and me to daily choose JESUS.