Monday, March 17, 2014

I'm Not Going Back to Egypt

Exodus 16:3
The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the LORD's hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death."
Exodus 17:3
But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, "Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?"
Numbers 11:4
The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, "If only we had meat to eat!
Numbers 11:5
We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost--also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.
Numbers 14:3
Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn't it be better for us to go back to Egypt?"
Numbers 16:13
Isn't it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness? And now you also want to lord it over us!

I've been shaking my head over Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine so that they can align themselves with Russia.  As an American baby boomer, celebrant of the 4th of July, child of the Cold War with memories of the Cuban Missile Crisis, I don't get it.  I had a professor in college, who was himself a Hitler Youth, warn us not to sacrifice our freedom for security.  So, as I watch the news, I want to shout, you've walked out of Egypt, surely you don't want to go back!  Maybe they do.  I do know that sometimes security seems like the greatest richness one can possess, but I never want to be enslaved again.  Sin is no longer my master.  Just give me Jesus.  
Romans 6:14
New International Version (NIV)

14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
John 8:36
New International Version (NIV)

36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Give me Jesus - Fernando Ortega

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